Day 1: Holy Mary, Pray for us

The very first title in the Litany of Our Lady is the shortest and perhaps the deepest. It’s just two words, “Holy Mary”, to which the faithful respond, “Pray for us.” “Holy” is an adjective to describe Our Lady as dedicated to God. A person cannot be Holy if they are not a friend of God, and of all the friends God has, Mary is His best friend, but she is also our mother. In Latin the phrase “Holy Mary” is “Sancta Maria – or Saint Mary” which is the name of many Catholic Churches, Colleges, Universities, Hospitals, and Parishes in the world, as well as rivers, roads and mountains. In Spanish the phrase is “Santa Maria” and that was the name of the boat that Christopher Columbus sailed on. We call Mary “holy” because Mary is full of grace, and grace makes us like Jesus: Holy, Holy, Holy. There’s nothing better in the world than to be in the state of grace.

Holy Mary, pray for our Church and the nation!

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Rev. Francis J. Hoffman, "Fr. Rocky" is the Executive Director/CEO of Relevant Radio and a priest of Opus Dei.