“There are many ways to show devotion, many ways to pray. Your journey to Mary is as individual as you are. There are no rules when praying to her. No one way is better than another. Mary listens to all prayers, whether they are crude or refined, simple or elaborate, silent or aloud.
You can pray alone or with friends. Some gather strength by praying traditional prayers the way they have been said for centuries. Others speak to her in their own words. There are admirers of Mary who dedicate their entire lives to caring for the hungry and needy in her name or promise to pray for intentions daily. Other followers show their devotion musically or by sculpturing and painting. And pilgrims trek thousands of miles at great financial expense to honor her at shrines around the world.
Whichever way you choose to honor Mary, one thing is very likely: You will become more aware of her presence. Whether you feel it or not, you will know that she is with you, watching over you, protecting you, and ready to help. When sad or hurt, her tenderness will warm your heart. You will feel God’s gift of Mary’s sweet love. More significantly, your love for Jesus also will grow in ways you could not have imagined.”