You are right. However this prayer of the Hail Mary has now existed for a 1000 years or so and to change it so people may enter into the Sacred Mysteries is overlooking who grants Insights into those Sacred Mysteries!
Yes! The Holy Spirit!
What was posted doesn’t even appeal to the Mother of God for help into Sacred Scripture, the Mother who we should pray to more and in the Rosary prays with us.
What? I don’t want to put words in your mouth so I invite you to clarify this point. The “Hail Mary” wasn’t in this exact form for as much as 1000 years, if that is your claim you are mistaken. People have been adapting their prayers continually since apostolic times, and composing new ones constantly.
I can see the value in adapting the prayer as needed.
No Hail Mary or Our Father is any match for the prayer sincerely and contritely spoken out from our hearts to God. The prayers of our own hearts are greater than any of these.
I agree that any extemperaneous prayer will be acceptable to God, who knows the content of our hearts.
What my reply pertains to is that in some vain hope of drawing people into the mysteries this is hoped to be achieved by long prayers and adding or indeed subtracting to and from the Hail Mary in order to draw souls into the Sacred Mysteries, when in Truth, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit will only do this.
I don’t know how you can say this. If people seek to delve deeper into the mysteries they should. If their goal is to become closer to God in some interior way I would say they should do just that. These interpolations are not anything new really, Christians have always done things like this.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matt 7:7-8
[font=Arial][size=2]People are looking for little helpful hints in deepening their prayer life and becoming more conscious of the mysteries, I say if opening up the current common Hail Mary and dropping in a phrase helps they ought to [/font][/size][font=Arial][size=2]happil[/font][/size][font=Arial][size=2]y do just that.
So pray for wisdom and understanding when meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary rather than try to find a ‘good’ formula to excede that which is gifted from God!
You may think I am into “formulas”. I’m not. I am all for practical ways to help a person grow in Faith. What precisely are you pointing out as gifted from God? I mean besides everything?
We are discussing a prayer rule and any adaptation of the prayer rule that helps the believer is fine so long as it does not approach some heretical concept. (I can’t imagine why it would)
I can see so much human wisdom abounds in pride (it isn’t broken therefore no need to mend it; rather it us us that is broken and need to ask for Graces) but not that of spirit…simply ask ‘Good Teacher, teach me’
I hate to admit this, but I’m not at all sure what you are trying to convey in this post overall. I don’t actually know what you mean by pride in relation to a “Hail Mary” Perhaps some day I’ll reread this and figure it all out.
God Bless you and much love and peace to you
God bless you too!