Praying 10 Minutes a Day: Second Week/Saturday

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I was praying to Mary this morning when I thought of the cross that I put in my car next to me in a little compartment. I was thinking that I needed to have a  reminder of Jesus.  I like praying and reflecting in my car. That's when the idea of putting the cross on my dashboard came to mind. When I look at my iPhone for directions I can be reminded that Jesus is with me on all my journeys.  It's a perfect fit.  Thank you.

It has long been the tradition of the Church to hold both Jesus and Mary in our hearts as we pray, and to ponder, gratefully, how Jesus and Mary hold us in their hearts, always...

It was, of course, through Mary's faithful response to God and through her very person that Jesus entered our world, took flesh and came to dwell among us...

As brothers and sisters of Jesus, we call Mary our Mother, too, for his Mother is our Mother...

As we seek to grow closer to Christ this Lent, might we pray to his Mother to help us?

Nothing pleases Mary more than to help us grow closer to her Son...

Sit in silence with the Lord, and with his Mother... 

Be still and know that he is with you...   

Be still and know that she is with you...

In this season of Lent when we contemplate the suffering and death of Jesus, let us to draw close to his Mother, Mary, whose own suffering and witness of her Son's passion was more than we can imagine.

As she stood by her Son in his suffering, so does she stand with us in our own hours of need...

A Marianist Litany to Mary

Holy Mary,  
pray for us!
Mother of God,
Mother of our redemption,
Mother of a lost child,
Mother of comfort and understanding,
Mother who shares our joys,
Mother who endures our sorrows,
Mother whose heart was pierced by a sword,
Mother most merciful,

Woman responsive to God's word,
pray for us!
Woman willing to believe the impossible,
Woman who rejoices in her lowliness,
Woman with an undivided heart,
Woman of perfect freedom,
Woman wrapped in mystery,
Woman moved by the Spirit,
Woman champion of the poor and lowly,
Woman graced by a husband's love,
Woman widowed by a husband's death,
Woman at the cross,
Woman patient and waiting,
Woman clothed with the sun,

Queen of the fullness of times,
pray for us!
Queen of beauty unalloyed,
Queen of integrity,
Queen of painful meetings,
Queen of all our heart's treasure,
Queen of our destiny,
Queen of peace, 

Mary, you are mother and virgin, 
wife and widow, 
peasant and queen,
blessed for all time. 

We need the comfort of your prayers. 
Remember us always to our Father through your Son, Jesus Christ, 
who is our Lord for ever and ever. 

- Rev. Joseph H. Lackner, S.M.


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