Something About Mary ~ Say an Ave Before
"When St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina used to come down for Confessions every day, before he reached the confessional he would pass by a picture of the Immaculate. Without fail he would stop for a few minutes to pray before it. He was entrusting to Our Lady the Confessions that he was about to hear and was appealing for an abundance of graces. The fruitful results of his priestly ministry were the concrete answers to his prayer. A Hail Mary before study, before work, before giving a talk, before an examination, before a journey, before surgery, before meals, before rest, etc., is an assurance of a grace that elevates and sanctifies the action."
Father Stefano Manelli, FI, Devotion to Our Lady, (Academy of the Immaculate), 62. Consider receiving the MaryVitamin emails with these lovely meditations.
In choosing a Saint companion for this year, mine was Our Lady Queen of Peace. My direction was to bring every struggle to Mary....and I have....and I will.
St. Jerome tells us that "the truths contained in the Hail Mary are so sublime, so wonderful that no man or Angel could fully understand them."