“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!’ No creature has ever said anything that was more pleasing to me, nor will anyone ever be able to find or say to me anything that pleases me more.”
I am sure that your love for Our Lady, Queen of Heaven and Heaven, is very great. If you love someone you wish to please them in all things. So, here we have Our Lady telling each one of us what pleases her! “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee!” Each word can be pondered on and prayed profoundly.
You may be surprised to hear that Sr. Josemaria Escriva wrote of the Rosary as “a blessed monotony of Hail Mary’s” but by this “he meant that what seems so simple on the surface, actually expressed something so deep; the very words contain the depth of our love.
We can be caught up by the salutation of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, but also with the rest of the Hail Mary. A lifetime of meditation on the Hail Mary would not be sufficient to plumb its depths, but begin with the Archangel’s salutation, you could not do worse.
Sr. Rosaleen Shaw OP
 The Forge, no.615