I recently read about a daily practice by a certain Catholic dad. Every day, he says one Hail Mary for a stranger that he encounters. Why? Because it’s possible that person has never had anyone pray for them. How sad, but probably true. At least some of the time, right?
In the 1830s, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in Paris. It was during these apparitions that we receive the image of the Miraculous Medal (you’ve probably seen it before).
You’ll notice, as St. Catherine did, that there are rays of light emanating from Mary’s fingers, representing graces she sends out upon the world. Some of her fingers don’t emit any light – because people don’t ask for graces.
There are people in need graces and a never ending supply of graces, waiting to be sent upon the world. This is why it is absolutely essential that we make prayer a daily habit. For our own sake, for those we love, and for those who have no one to pray for them.
I want to leave you with a little thought experiment.
This hypothetical stranger has no one to pray for them. But, how many people out there do you think are praying daily for your wife? For your mother? For your father? For your siblings, friends?
Surely there are some folks out there offering prayers, but how many? Daily?
If we are not praying daily for those who we love most in this world – who is?