Why is the first reaction of the daughter of a virulently ex-Catholic mother, a woman who was a member of the United Methodist Church for 16 years, why is her reaction to bad news to immediately begin praying,

Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners.

Prayers requested for J as her child C enlists in the Army tomorrow, aiming for EOD training (explosive ordinance detection/disposal), and for all those serving in armed forces throughout the world.


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  1. Prayers for C’s safety and for peace for J.

    The “Hail Mary” is a habit that is hard to shake. It’s a good prayer, and I still say it on occasion, too, after 15 years out of the RCC. Mary is still there to intercede with her son for our petitions.