Richard Challoner School

The Hail Mary

"How many times have we said those words? Thousands of times, maybe not even thinking about what we’re saying.As you might know, I grew up in Latin America, where there is a huge cultural devotion to Mary. (I wrote some more about Marian traditions in Latin America in Deacon-structing Mary - Part 5: Mary in the Americas.) For that reason, I didn’t grow up with a great devotion to Mary. It seemed a little superstitious, and didn’t make much sense. I thought, "why should I go to Mary, why should I pray to Mary, when I can just go straight to Jesus?"

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