Continued from yesterday...
Chapter 8. The Principal Duties of the Day
...But there is a far more powerful incentive to make us love prayer, and this is that our prayers are the expression of our filial love for our dear Heavenly Father, they are our loving homage and adoration to our Creator.
Morning prayers as found in prayerbooks are five, viz., the Our Father, the Hail Mary, the Apostles' Creed, the Confiteor and Hail Holy Queen.
At night we add to these a short examination of conscience with a fervent Act of Contrition. Had we the misfortune to fall into mortal sin, we must redouble our contrition and go to Confession as soon as possible.
By mortal sin we expel God from our souls and give His place to the devil.
These prayers must be said slowly, reverently, on our knees and in our bedroom. In this room we spend a third part of our lives, and here we shall probably die. Therefore, it is well to sanctify it by our daily prayers.
All good Christians say the Rosary daily, thereby insuring the most special protection of God's Holy Mother, which she promises to those who daily say her favorite prayer. Devotion to Our Lady is looked on by the Saints as a sure guarantee of our eternal salvation.
The Popes, the Bishops of the entire world, priests in every country, all the Religious Orders have been urging the faithful for the past 700 years to say the Rosary.
The Saints not only recommended it, but said it themselves with unspeakable devotion and confidence.
Why this universal and extraordinary love for the Rosary? Because by it we deliver ourselves from every danger and obtain every grace and blessing.
God's sweet Mother has come in recent years to Fatima to preach the Rosary as the easiest and most certain way of saving the world from the dire calamities that are threatening it.
Millions and tens of millions of men and women, hearkening to her message, are sending up their daily pleas for mercy.
Woe to the foolhardy Christian who turns a deaf ear to this message of salvation!
The Catholic homes where the Rosary is said by the members of the family are visibly protected by God...
From An Easy Way to Become a Saint
by E. D. M. (1949)
The Catholic Printing Press
With Ecclesiastical Approbation
13th June 1949