Today is the feast of Our Lady of Piat.
Traditionally today had been the feast of The Visitation before the new calendar after Vatican II. The day remains the feast of Our Lady of Piat for Filipinos however. I love her image since she appears rather ethnic, don't you agree? She mirrors those who seek the Divine Mercy through her intercession. Think of that when you invoke her as "Mirror of Justice" in the Litany of Loreto. She in turn gently mirrors to us the Divine Justice, that we may not run away in fear.
A saint said we can never love the Blessed Virgin too much. We should always have recourse to her, even when we are away from the Church or the sacraments. Anthony Bloom told a lovely story of a prostitute who always kept an icon with a candle burning in her room - even when she was 'working'.
We can do that too - even though we live in sin.
I used to do bad things and still wore my scapular. I actually prayed the rosary even when I fell back into promiscuous behavior. One night, coming home very late, I stopped to pray in the adoration chapel of a church, wreaking of alcohol, I'm sure. It has always been Our Lady who obtained for me the grace to return to Jesus.
It is Our Lady who always gave me the grace to return to confession. Once, late in the evening, close to 10 PM, I stopped in a church, asking Our Lady to let me find a priest to make my confession. It was an ordinary week day - not even the Thursday before a First Friday. The old pastor was in his confessional - I made my confession. Later another priest told me he probably forgot what day it was or had fallen asleep there earlier. It didn't matter to me - Our Lady got me there.
We can only become saints if we keep trying, and asking the Blessed Virgin to intercede for us. She is the Refuge of Sinners - that is why sinners flock to her shrines and venerate her images and carry her sacramentals, and pray the three Hail Mary's every morning and evening.
Sins against the 6th Commandment are serious, but turning away from Our Lord and Our Lady is worse - such sins lead to final impenitence. Pray. never stop praying.
Pray the rosary, even when you sin or intend to commit sin.
I used to pray the rosary on the way out to my destination, and on my way back.
Imagine the evil I could have done if I had never prayed?
It seems a contradiction, even hypocrisy - for a wicked sinner to pray - but it is not.
Our Lady is Refuge of sinners, Health of the sick, Mother of Mercy... She is our merciful Mother.