How to Bring Forth the New and the Old with Mary
No devotion is more pleasing to our Blessed Mother than that of calling upon her in all our special needs. For example, when we have to give or ask for advice, or when we are beset by dangers, afflictions, and temptations, most particularly temptations against purity. Mary will certainly listen to us and help us if we appeal to her and recite the antiphon “We fly to your patronage…“; or if we recite the Hail Mary, or even if we merely invoke the most holy name of Mary, which is endowed with special power against devils.
Blessed Fra Santi, the Franciscan, was once tempted with an impure thought, and appealed to Mary. She immediately appeared to him, placed her hand on his shoulder, and delivered him.
It is also useful on these occasions to kiss or press to our heart our rosary or scapular, or to look at an image of the Blessed Virgin. And it is well to note that the Church has enriched with special indulgences the invocation of the sacred names of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.