Today is also the Optional Memoria of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Here is what St Bernard had to say: ‘Following her, you will never go astray. Asking her help, you will never despair. Keeping her in your thoughts, you will never wander away. With your hand in hers, you will never stumble. With her protecting you, you will not be afraid. With her leading you, you will never tire. Her kindness will see you through to the end. Then you will know by your own experience how true it is that the Virgin’s name was Mary’.

May Our Lady be specially close to you this day, watching over you at all times, and may God bless you.