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By Fr. Joseph Roesch, MIC (Jul 1, 2009)
In my childhood, I learned a prayer practice that has stayed with me ever since. I would pray three Hail Marys daily and ask Our Lady to help me to be pure in thought, word, and deed. It was like asking her to wrap her mantle of protection around me — to protect me from the snares of the evil one.

As I have grown and matured throughout my formation process as a Marian priest, I have discovered how important it is to pray the Rosary daily. This is one of the spiritual practices of the Marians.

Our Lady is the great helper in our quest to be holy. God desires that all of us become like Mary, pure and spotless. Her Immaculate Conception is a sign of what we can be. God preserved Mary from the first moment of her conception from all stain of sin, because she would become the Mother of God. God gave her this gift. She had done nothing to earn this privilege. Since Jesus would die on the cross to save us from sin, God applied this grace to Mary before she could be touched by sin in any way.

He also preserved her from concupiscence, that is, the tendency toward sin — a tendency toward disordered desires — that affects us, even after confessing our sins. Yet, while sin is still attractive to us in our weakened state here on earth, God desires that we become holy and free from all sin.

Jesus taught, "Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God" (Mt 5:8). This applies to Mary above all other creatures. She never saw sin as attractive, since she was "full of grace." With her purity, she could see clearly what God's will was for her.

In heaven, we will be pure of heart. God, however, wants us to begin the process now, while we are still here on earth. God's plan is that the Church, which is made up those who are baptized, would become a Church in splendor, "without spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish" (Eph 5:27).

We Marians, who have Mary Immaculate as our patroness, are called by our rule to flee from sin — even the slightest one — so we would not purposefully offend God. We do sin out of weakness, but we especially try to avoid serious, premeditated sin.

This is the life God would have us lead. In becoming like Mary, we find the grace and courage to live such a life.

Father Joe Roesch, MIC, is general councilor and adviser to the Superior General of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He is based in Rome, Italy.

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Ileana - Jul 6, 2009

This is beautiful and a good reminder about how we need to look to our Blessed Mother for guidance and support. Thank you Father!

Maria - Jul 1, 2009

Renewed devotion to the Rosary of Seven sorrows has been requested by Bl.Mother, in her apparitions at Kibeho .
Meditating on the strenght of love and peace that God granted her, all through her many sufferings (and of St.Joseph too) - having had to leave behind all that was familiar,flying to Egypt, due to fear of those who were set out to destroy The Child, due to their fear of loss of power ... seeing her Son rejected and hurt ... all this , in order to bless us too, in the midst of our trials and fears so that instead of anger, despair or hate , her loving presence ..this rosary , as promised , does help to recognise why we sin and help us to get the needed strenght to overcome ..we can be very grateful to see why our Lord let His Mother suffer too , for our sake !
Thank You , Lord and Bl.Mother !

Bob D. - Jul 1, 2009

Many Thanks Fr. Joe, Great advise and spiritual counsel. I recall your singular Hail Mary's when you needed to make decisions.
A Mother told her son going off to WW II to say a Hail Mary every day and if needed a priest would be there for him if he were dying. The young Marine was lying in a hospital dying when a priest unexpectedly showed up avoiding an important meeting believing he was being lead to the hospital. The nurse heard the priest say "I believe someone is in urgent need of my services". The nurse was astounded and said that the Marine said even though the end is coming quickly a priest will come even though no priest was around. - Mother takes good care of her kids!

maryS - Jul 1, 2009

I believe that when you dedicate your life to the Lord nothing is impossible through Mary,I know this not an easy task of a priest,as I said prayers is the strongest weapon to fight the devil ,I do believe praying the chaplet and, the rosary is one of the greatest weapon.God bless.