From the Hymn AKATHISTOS to the Mother of God:
"Rejoice, pillar of virginity:
Rejoice, gate of salvation!
Rejoice, leader of mental formation:
Rejoice, bestower of divine good!"
From the saints:
"s the body cannot live without breathing, so the soul cannot live without having recourse and commending itself to Mary, through whose means the life of divine grace is obtained for us and preserved in us." (St. Germanus).
On one occasion the Lord showed St. Catherine of Siena a soul in the state of Grace. Sta. Catherine was amazed at how beautiful the soul was. A soul in the state of grace is a joy to God's eyes because He can fill her completely. Think about how many temptations you have to fight against each day and how if you don't fall and you remain faithful to the Lord it is because He grants you the grace to do so.
Have you ever thought about that? Do you thank God and Our Lady for that gift?
Today pray a rosary, offering it up for the souls in purgatory.