O my God, if I cannot shed my blood and give my life for you, may I at least die to all that displeases you: sin, earthly desires, desires of the flesh, the world and myself. Cross of my Savior, holy cross, cross worthy of adoration, in you alone are my strength, my hope and my joy. You are the tree of life, the mysterious ladder that unites earth to Heaven, the altar on which I want to sacrifice myself by dying with Jesus.
-St. Bernadette Soubirous
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.