Hi poetry for Jesus,
Thanks for your comment. I agree with you that the impression that is given sounds very rigid. While I was writing the reflection I did not realise that I had done exactly what you said in your first paragraph, "where a sinner has little devotion for God but for some reason kept some devotion for Mary by saying the "Hail Mary."
Here's why. I am a convert to Catholicism. I was previously agnostic-pagan (in the sense that I believed equally that all religions were the same and that God was really the same one person). I've been in Sri Lanka, Tibetian, Mongolian and Chinese Buddhist Temples; my Chinese ancestral Taoist religion; the Indian Sri Sathya Sai movement; Methodist services which all students in our missionary school had to attend etc. Oh, and there was the small matter of hating Christians - who to me were pompous, proud, disrespectful and well un-christian.
When my grandmother passed away (she being the only Catholic in the family then, the whole family on the paternal side has since converted to Catholicism all seperately) the one prayer that I remember saying was the Hail Mary. And I recall saying it really loud especially when the coffin was pushed into the furnace. It was the one prayer that I knew from Christians and the one that I would say when I talked to God.
Even today when I am worried or am in trouble, and before I became Catholic, I would also turn to the Mother Mary for comfort.
Strange though, how I did not recall that when I was writing my reflections. Call me a romantic, maybe this is the humility of Mary in action, pointing her disciple in the direction of Jesus.