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‘As you struggle through the stormy seas of life,’ says St. Bernard of Clairvaux, ‘do not turn away from Mary, Star of the Sea.’

“As you vigilantly school yourself in studying the psalms and in giving praise to God, I exhort you, venerable brother, and recommend that you also not omit the daily office of the blessed Mary ever virgin.” —St. Peter Damian

Some days, when I open my beautiful copy of the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and begin to savor its numinous words, I can’t help but feel like I am falling into the loving embrace of my Mother Mary. Prayer by prayer, I nestle myself deeper and deeper into her Immaculate Heart and the most merciful Heart of her Son. I am won over by her sublimity, and galvanized by the power of the Word of God, to which she gave birth. When I pray the Little Office, I am often taken aback by the goodness of the God who created my heavenly Mother — by his providential designs, his wisdom and his kindness.

The amazing thing is, I never fathomed I would be at this point in my spiritual life, where praying the Little Office was an integral part of my daily routine — something I couldn’t imagine living without. For the first 22 years of my life, in fact, I never thought that the Blessed Mother would have any role in my spiritual life whatsoever. …

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