Topic: Praying with Our Lady
“Someone truly in love with Mary finds time to turn to her as often as possible, to stay as long as possible at her feet. We would entrust our troubles and worries, and our whole life to her.” – St. Maximilian Kolbe (Crusade Of Mary Immaculate, Manchester England)
St. Edith Stein writes about meditative prayer:
“Here the spirit moves more freely without being bound to specific words. It immerses itself, for example, in the mystery of the birth of Jesus. The spirit?s imagination [Phantasie] transports it to the grotto in Bethlehem, seeing the child in the manger, the holy parents, the shepherds, and the kings. The intellect ponders the greatness of divine mercy, the emotions are seized by divine love. This is how meditative prayer involves all the soul?s powers and, when practiced with faithful persistence, can gradually remake the whole person.” – The Hidden Life, Volume IV of the Collected Works of Edith Stein, (ICS Publications: 1992), 39.
Today, I will make more opportunities to speak to the Blessed Virgin Mary. A simple ‘good morning’ or ‘good afternoon’ is an excellent way to begin. Today, my holy pictures will remind me to greet Our Lady. If my duties permit a lengthier conversation, I will pause to speak to her at greater length.
One condition for membership in the MIM as recorded in the Marian Seraphic Pathways includes ‘living the life of grace and cultivating it by daily prayer (vocal and mental), by the recitation of the Holy Rosary and by the frequent reception of the Sacraments of the Holy Eucharist (at least on Sunday) and of Penance.’
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God forgraces received.
Mary Vitamin is a daily Email support for Marian mental prayer. Each day (Monday through Friday) members will receive a brief Marian quote with a corresponding Marian meditation and resolution. The Mary Vitamin is designed to make mental prayer a little simpler and bring Our Lady into your day in a systematic way.