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Prayer Pledge 2017: Day 5

The Catholic Church encourages all believers to have a special relationship with Mary, Mother of God, the first disciple. Today, spend time in prayer with Mary — in the Rosary, a Marian prayer, the Magnificat, or just alongside her in contemplation.

Alyssa Duet, a BIS sister in Florida with a passion for photography, shared this reflection on her relationship with the Blessed Mother:

“Whenever life seems to be stressful or overwhelming, I know I can always turn to my spiritual mother, Mary, and she will protect me by placing me under her loving mantle. I have come to also have an even closer relationship with Jesus through Our Lady’s guidance. When I feel lost or confused, I know I can always turn to praying the mysteries of the Rosary. It is only through Mary, and the Catholic Church, that I come have come to better understand God’s love for me and place my trust in the ever-almighty Creator. I try to echo the trusting words proclaimed by the Immaculate Mary: “Let it be done to me according to your word.” I am forever grateful for Mary’s influence on my life and for her motherly care she has given me all my life. Through Mary, I find fulfillment in knowing Jesus Christ and finding my purpose for which I was created.”

Comment below with your thoughts:

How will you pray with Mary today? Has your relationship with Mary helped you develop in prayer?

or, simply answer:

Did you pray today?

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11 Comments

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    ginasuewho
    January 5, 2017 at 6:22 am

    One of my goals this year is to pray the Rosary daily. I’ve found the Relevant Radio app with the Rosary Audio to be helpful.

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      Jenna
      January 5, 2017 at 7:37 am

      That’s awesome!! I’ll have to look that up!

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      ChristinaF
      January 5, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Same Ginasuewho!! I use the irosary app on my phone to follow. I’m loving it!! Hope we both stick with it!! God Bless!!

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    Sarah
    January 5, 2017 at 7:23 am

    The Hail, Mary prayer is so easy, so quick to say, and powerful.

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    Kyra
    January 5, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Beautiful reflection Alyssa! Thank you. I agree… turning to the rosary and reflecting on the mysteries provide solace and shed light on my dark days! And, adds to my peaceful ones.

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    Carrie
    January 5, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Mary has helped me accept my vocation as a Catholic mother and to help my family grow in faith. I try hard to live as Mary (but fail miserably!!).

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    Megan Cahill-Assenza
    January 5, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    My for the prayer pledge, I pledged and committed to pray the rosary every night. I do not pray the rosary on a daily basis, but on days I need her help, I will pray the whole rosary. On nights I feel tried, sometimes I will pray one decade, or I will say one Hail Mary at the end of my prayer to God. Signing up for the prayer pledge for the first time, I felt it was appropriate for me to pledge to pray the rosary.

    As a young woman who has been introduced to the faith almost two and a half years ago, the moment I was first told about the story of Gabriel appearing to Mary and how her “Yes” changed the world, from a special woman who introduced me to Christ, I fell in love with Mary. At that time, I could not explain why. I just knew, my heart had changed. Again, at that moment when the story was being told to me, I knew that I too have been chosen…God has chosen me. I am not quite sure what I have been chosen for, I have some ideas, but I am still discerning.

    As I was studying for RCIA and read the section about Mary, that was when I knew what I loved about her… she said “Yes” to God’s will. That was so powerful. I became to know that I too would say “Yes” to God’s will. He knows my heart better than anyone else.

    Ever since I first learned about Mary and introduced to praying the rosary and the power of praying it, I have always wanted to grow more connected to her and develop a relationship with her too. Little by little, I have grown more connected to her, and I still pray today that I grow even more. For my confirmation name, I have chosen her name and shortly after I made my communion and confirmation in April, the more fitting it felt to me that I chosen her. The more I began to see the Mary’s in my life, such as the special woman who introduced me to Christ, Mary, and the rosary, my Campus Minister, and other mothers who are devoted to the Catholic faith.

    I know as I pray the rosary, not only do I have God the father, but I have Mary, Mother of God protecting and loving me too. She is also bringing me closer to her Son, Jesus Christ.

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    Christina H.
    January 5, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    My relationship with our Blessed Mother has definitely helped me grow my prayer life. I came to learn so much about her and her desire for us to love her Son perfectly, through the 33 days self retreat/consecration. I find that I turn to her and speak with her, let her in to my daily happenings much like I do my earthly mother, if not more. She is ever present in my life and it only grows stronger as I draw closer to her and our Lord, through every prayer, every conversation, with every Yes.

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    Jane
    January 5, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    I know without a doubt that praying the Rosary has protected me. When I miss my daily practice, I can feel my heart & mind & soul “slip” to where I know I don’t want to go. As I lovingly touch each bead, calm and peace come over me. Sometimes when I am in bed & can’t let go my worries, I pray in bed, using my fingers to count off the decades. I am new to the practice, just a few months. I found the website comepraytherosary.org to help me as I was learning how to pray the Rosary. It’s a live worldwide Rosary, I found it to be powerful knowing I was praying with others from around the globe.

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    Sue
    January 5, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    I begin and end my day with the Three Hail Mary Devotion.

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    Sarah
    January 5, 2017 at 9:16 pm

    Salve Regina is one of my favorite prayers to recite (/sing). Something about the words and rhythm always helps calm my anxieties.

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