II. PRAYER TO OUR LADY
The honour that we pay to our Lady is the consequence of our Faith. The more earnestly we reflect upon the truths of Faith, the more clear will become the obligation of honouring with all the faculties of our soul the Virgin Mother of our God. Now, faith in our Lady's prerogatives will of necessity lead us on to confidence in our Lady's power and goodness. To labour this point would be to waste time. It is self-evident. Trust in Mary's maternal protection springs from all that we believe concerning the great Mother of God and the loving mother of men. We are taught by our religion that prayer is the key wherewith we may unlock the treasury of Divine grace. The grace of Christ comes to men abundantly through Mary's supplication. It is God's will that we should ask it at her hands.