Our Lady of Confidence is a beautiful portrait of the Blessed Virgin Mary with the Infant Jesus in her arms. The original was painted by Carlo Maratta (1623-1713) and was donated to Sr. Clare Isabella, the abbess of the Poor Clares of St. Francis Convent of Todi, Italy.
Sr. Clare developed a deep and tender devotion to the Blessed Mother through the beautiful painting. She received a promise of particular consolation from the Blessed Virgin for all who venerate her through the image.
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The devotion to Our Lady of Confidence by the seminarians of the Roman Major Seminary goes back to the late 18th century. A copy of the picture is venerated today in the chapel of the seminary – the same seminary where the late Fr. Nicholas Maestrini, PIME studied. Fr. Maestrini developed a devotion to Our Lady of Confidence, and obtained a canvas copy of the image from his Alma Mater. Today, the painting hangs in the chapel of the PIME Regional Headquarters in Detroit.
“The divine Lady deigned to reveal to me that every soul that confidently presents herself before this picture will obtain from her Divine SSon the genreal pardon for all her sins. Moreover, my divine Lady assured me with the love of a true mother that she would grant a special tenderness to everyone who contemplated this picture.”
O Mary Immaculate, the precious name of Mother of Confidence, with which we honor you, fills our eharts to overflowing with the sweetest consolation and moves us to hope for every blessing from you. If such a titile has been given to you, its is a sure sign that no one has recourse to you in vain.
Accept, therefore, with a mother’s love, our devout homage as we earnestly beseech you to be gracious to us in every need. We pray that you will make us live in constant union with you and your divine Son, Jesus.
With you as our guide, we are certain that we shall walk in the right way and that it will be our happy lot to hear you say on the last day of our life those words of comfort: “Come, my good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of the Lord.” Amen.
Today begins the annual novena to Our Lady of Confidence. Through our website, you can take part in a “virtual” prayer experience of the novena. Won’t you join us in prayer, wherever you are?