Day Nine Consecration to Mary for the 21st Century/A Lenten Journey
No Meat Today
Friday of the First Week of Lent
Prayers for this week, Days 5-10 in Lent:
Begin each day with, "Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers."
End each day with, "Mother of God, pray for me," and don't forget your examen.
Mary, Mother of God, help me with your prayers.
Look at people's faces all day today. Every time you see a sad or agitated face, pray "Mary, Mother of God, help them with your prayers."
Contemplate the words of St. Augustine, who teaches that the world was unworthy to receive Jesus directly through His hands. Only Mary was worthy enough. The Father gave His Son to Mary in order for the rest of the world to receive Him, through her. Do you think she's special?
Think of all the people you prayed for today. Picture their faces as you pray. Think of your family. Think of your deceased loved ones. Pray, "Mary, Mother of God, help them with your prayers. Jesus, look with pity on the souls of my deceased loved ones. Answer my prayers and grant that they may soon enjoy your everlasting home in heaven.
End your day with an examination of conscience--even in bed.
Mother of God, pray for me.
What good did I do today?
Where did I fail?
How can I do better?