CCC § 148 The Virgin Mary most perfectly embodies the obedience of faith. By faith Mary welcomes the tidings and promise brought by the angel Gabriel, believing that "with God nothing will be impossible" and so giving her assent: "Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be [done] to me according to your word." Elizabeth greeted her: "Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." It is for this faith that all generations have called Mary blessed.I will add that to imitate the Blessed Mother, and become close to her, is to become close to her Son. Also, I like to pray the Angelus, which includes your basic "Ave Maria/Hail Mary." Here's the text, in both English and Latin, from the Treasury of Latin Prayers:
V. Angelus Domini nuntiavit Mariae;
R. Et concepit de Spiritu Sancto. Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. V. Ecce ancilla Domini.
R. Fiat mihi secundum verbum tuum. Ave Maria, gratia plena,....... V. Et Verbum caro factum est.
R. Et habitavit in nobis. Ave Maria, gratia plena,....... V. Ora pro nobis, sancta Dei Genetrix.
R. Ut digni efficiamur promissionibus Christi.
Gratiam tuam, quaesumus, Domine, mentibus nostris infunde; ut qui, Angelo nuntiante, Christi Filii tui incarnationem cognovimus, per passionem eius et crucem, ad resurrectionis gloriam perducamur. Per eundem Christum Dominum nostrum.
V. The angel of the Lord declared unto Mary;
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and in the hour of our death. Amen.V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary, full of grace, ....V. And the Word was made flesh:
R. And dwelt among us.
Hail Mary, full of grace, .....V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His passion and cross be brought to the glory of His resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord.
This is prayed outside of Easter, at noon. At Easter I will post the Regina Caeli.
Now, today-October 31- is the anniversary of the Protestant Revolt, where Luther posted his 95 Theses on the church in Wittenberg. During the Walk for Life last month, I went by a Lutheran church, and a friend pointed out that at another nearby church, their statue of Luther says, "Our Founder." That's nice, I told him. Not only do we have statues of our founder, we actually have Him!
Both pictures are from Catholic Memes, for your entertainment. I'm not sure how the last one would pan out. Oh well, it can't be worse than the first Revolt. Can it be a Year of Faith effort, and worth an indulgence??