We all remember playing that game on the playground, right? "Mother, may I ___________?" and you fill in the blank with whatever request will help get you to the finish line fastest.....
What do we ask for in our everyday self-mutterings that we think might get us to our hypothetical finish line faster than the next guy?
"Please let me make that green light"
"Please let that car accident be on the other side of the freeway so I'm not late"
"Please let me be the next number they call"
Do you realize that, as trivial and/or exasperated as these requests might be, they're still a prayer of sorts? Whether or not you intend to talk to God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Mary, or any of the other Saints about what's going on in your life, when you put that up to the universe, someone's always listening.
October is the month of the Rosary, and I challenge you to be a little more deliberate in your requests. Make it a little more formal, put a little more thought into it (and I mean, like, 3 extra seconds - doesn't have to be a disertation!). Ask Mary to pray for you, thank her for being with you through the day... (it's called secondary mediation, and it's the same as if I asked you to pray for me, only Mary won't forget because she's not distracted by worldly things!) Rather than worrying about the car accident affecting your commute, say a prayer that the people involved are alright, and give thanks that it's not you! Rather than stressing out about not making the green light, thank the Spirit for keeping you on the path that was intended for you that day.... catching on? (sorry about the earlier typo, no- I was not speaking ubonics!)
Try to take those little irritations and ask Mary to give you the Grace to find them as little blessings in your life. It's not easy, believe me, I struggle with it too.
I leave you today with a Hail Mary. Don't just breeze through it, say it like you would a conversation... "Hail Mary" is a greeting, and start from there...
Hail, Mary, full of Grace! The Lord is with thee!
Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.