“Thus have I shown you that if virtue were not visible and did not shine in the time of trial, it would not have been truly conceived;…even as a woman, who has conceived a child, if she do not bring it forth, so that it may appear before the eyes of men, deprives her husband of his fame of paternity. It is the same with Me, who am the Spouse of the soul…”
-St. Catherine of Siena
Our Lady, Hope of Christians
Hail Mary, hope of Christians, hear the prayer of a sinner who loves you tenderly, honors you in a special manner, and places in you the hope of salvation. I owe you my life, for you obtain for me the grace of your Son and you are the sure pledge of my eternal happiness.
I entreat you, deliver me from the burden of my sins, take away the darkness of my mind, destroy the earthly affections of my heart, defeat the temptations of my enemies, and rule all the actions of my life. With you as my guide may I arrive at the eternal happiness of heaven.