Let your thoughts always turn to Mary as loving children naturally think of their mother; ask her to assist you, to help you to deepen your faith, your loyalty to the Church, your attachment to the sacraments, and protect you from sin.
… I ask you to develop in yourself this state of mind so that when your life comes to an end, the practice of a lifetime will support and comfort you when you need it most. Then you will be ready to honor God in Heaven with her.
Teach this devotion in your homes. Make sure that a statue or an image of Our Lady occupies a prominent place. Talk to your children so that your family may gather around her. Share this with your friends … Do not be afraid, let alone ashamed, of telling others what you think and how you feel about the Mother of God.
Australia was consecrated to Our Lady under the title of Help of Christians: Fittingly, peace returned to us on August 15, 1945, the feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.
Cardinal James Darcy Freeman, Archbishop of Sidney, Australia
February 11, 1973, on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes
Collection of Marian Stories (Recueil Marial)