The song from the musical West Side Story got it right when her name was echoed several times … “Maria, Maria, Maria, Maria … all the beautiful sounds of the world in a single word … Say it loud and there’s music playing … Say it soft and it’s almost like praying.”
We have been doing both lately, singing about Mary and praying to her and asking her to pray for us. Today the Church honors Her Most Holy Name.
When you think of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, what qualities come to mind? Are these some of the qualities you also look for in a close friend or companion? When you pray the Hail Mary, do you pause to think about each of the beautiful ways she is described in this prayer?
As we honor the name of Mary today, we ask her to continue praying for us. Holy is her name. We thank God for what He has done for her and is doing for us.
About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!