In a perfect world, our mothers will always be there for us to call when we need some loving direction.
In a perfect world, mom will take our weary heads and hearts into her lap at a moment's notice and dry our tears...Or maybe she'll just let them fall as we share our burdens with her.
In a perfect world, we'll look into our mama's eyes and and say, "Oh mom, I don't know what to do...Can you help me?" And she will. She won't be able to fix everything with a wave of her hand. She will not be able carry our adult bodies through the rough patches of the world's playground and call us off sick from work...or life.
But she will love us and hold our hands as she leads us closer to Our Lord and His perfect joy and peace.
It's not a perfect world.
But perhaps that is one reason why I have really developed such a great love and dependency upon the Mother of Jesus. If she could be trusted with the very life of Christ, then I can trust her with mine. He loved her so deeply and perfectly. He created her just so that she could love Him and be loved by Him. I don't need a better reason to entrust my heart to her and ask her to bring me closer to her Son.
So, my attachment to the Hail Mary prayer is understandable. It is like a spiritual "blankie" that I can keep with me when I am low or afraid or celebrating or hoping..."Mother, please take my hand and bring me to Jesus"
The Hail Mary (also sometimes called the Angelic Salutation) can be divided into three parts:
1) "Hail (Mary) full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women"
-These words are taken from the salutation the Angel Gabriel used when he greeted Mary (Luke 1:28).
2) "and blessed is the fruit of thy womb (Jesus)
-These words derive from the inspired greeting of Mary's cousin Elizabeth (Luke 1:42)
3) "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen"
-These words were added by the Church and are very simply, a petition to the earthly Mother of God to pray for us as we seek to follow her Son.
In other words, my Hail Mary says this: Mama, I love you because Jesus loves you. Will you please stay near to me and bring me closer to Him?
So, yes, I love the feel of Rosary beads between my fingers. And my repetition of this appeal to Mary isn't "vain" any more than the sweet hymns that I sing to my children to help them know and love Jesus. It is my song of joy and thanksgiving and petition to the woman who loved my Jesus more than any earthly woman could.
Imagine my delight when I found this beautiful bracelet crafted by With Love From Mom! The artist has captured simply and beautifully the little prayer that has become my spiritual blankie. I do not wear a lot of jewelry but this is a piece that I will wear with joy.
Please visit her Etsy shop and her website to learn more about her and see the beautiful work that she does.