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HOLINESS THROUGH MARY
In the spirit of prayer [the Child of Mary] is well-formed indeed. He sees in it, not a task imposed by custom, but a source of power; not a routine formality, but the main support of his work; not a merely personal exercise, but his valuable contribution to the Church.
He will say his formal prayers, of course, but especially the Rosary, most beautiful and richest in graces. He will try also to say at least part of one of the Offices officially approved by the Church or the Little Office of the Immaculate Conception. His greatest aim will be prayer which will erect that supernatural framework without which his active apostolate will not persist for long. By applying to his work the rules of prayer, he relieves easy tasks of that dangerous monotony that often accompany them.
Undaunted courage and unflagging perseverance
Intensity of purpose, unrelaxed effort, unquenchable love, steady discipline, undaunted courage and unflagging perseverance come only from a true spirit of faith. One imbued with it, will fight on no matter how great the natural difficulties and be always on the alert to seize any opportunity of doing good; he will have a heart for the impossible but he will be ever ready to play the part of a stop-gap; no duty will be to big for him and none too mean.
– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I).