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The Hail Mary option? How about “Word-by-word”?


What is your favorite word of the Hail Mary?

Reinhard: I’ll be honest, I can’t describe it. I’m a newbie in the spiritual life and this astounds me. The whole book, to be honest, shocks me and requires me to realign myself every time I revisit any of the reflections.

Lopez: Did authors laugh when you approached them about writing reflections on words like “the” and “is”?

Reinhard: Yes, they did. They were all very gracious, though, and I give all the credit (and blame!) to the Holy Spirit. Assigning was completely random, on the basis of when they replied to my email about it.

Lopez: What’s your favorite word of the Hail Mary?

Reinhard: Today, it’s “Mother.”

I’m feeling very overwhelmed and blessed by my vocation as a mother, in need of some mothering myself, and always glad to have Mary to turn to. That word, Mother, makes me think of all the women who mother me, whether they intend to or not, and how their spiritual motherhood of me keeps me growing in my spiritual life.

It also makes me appreciate that hey! I’m a mom myself! And it’s hard!

Lopez: How does Mary guide you daily?

Reinhard: There are many days when I wish she would just show up and give me a list. That would be easier. And also much more satisfying. As it is, I have to rely on the fact that the Hail Mary is my go-to prayer and that by turning to it, whether right after I see my overflowing sink or my out-of-control inbox or hear the kids leaping off the couch or of a family member’s illness, she is walking with me. I can only hope that I feel her little nudges and that the end result of each day is slightly better as a result of my following her gentle tugs and suggestions.


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