"Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and mother..." (from the Divine Praises)
St. Bernard of Clairvaux once wrote, "In danger, in difficulties, in doubts, think of Mary. Call upon Mary! Never let her name be absent from your lips or absent from your heart." As Dominican nuns, we each take a form of this name as part of our religious name. It can be Mary, as in Sr. Mary Agnes; or Marie, as in Sr. Marie Augustine; or Maria, as in Sr. Maria Rosario, or even Miriam, as in Sr. Miriam. The possibilities are numerous, but the intention is the same: to honor Mary and her holy name. May we all have renewed respect for the names of Jesus and Mary today and every day!