Praying to our Blessed Mother, indeed, calms us, help us, reminds us to live in awareness of our destiny. To that end, Suzanne, who posts something quite stunning for its concreteness over on Come to See about praying to the Virgin Mary, Learning to flee and implore (and to arrive and receive), posts this by St. Augustine:
"But there is another and interior way of praying without ceasing, and that is the way of desire. Whatever else you are doing, if you long for that Sabbath, you are not ceasing to pray. If you do not want to cease praying, do not cease longing. Your unceasing desire is your unceasing voice."
Remember, O Most Blessed Virgin Mary, never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored they help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee O Virgin of virgins, my mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise my petition, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.
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