There are countless Catholic devotions. They range from common prayers, special prayers, grand gestures to very small gestures. A small gesture I do is before I jot down my notes for class I sign the page with the letters A and M overlapping. The letters stand for “Ave Maria”, Hail Mary. The artist in me loves to doodle, so if class is rather slow that day, I tend to go back to that little insignia and add some more to it. This time I added a few titles of Our Lady in both English, Latin and one Greek word. The Greek reads, “God-Bearer” the Latin reads, from top to bottom, “Mother and Immaculate”.
I was inspired to pick up this little devotion from watching Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen on Youtube. Before Sheen wrote anything on the blackboard, during his presentations, he would inscribe the letters, “JMJ”, on the top. The letters stand for “Jesus, Mary and Joseph”. It was a small gesture of honoring the Holy Family. I have seen some of my brother seminarians carry on this devotion as well. St. John Paul II also had a similar devotion. He would write on the top of his papers, “Totus Tuus”, Totally Yours. His papal motto and prayer to Our Lady. On the following pages he would add another piece of the prayer. These little gestures of devotion are ways in which we can turn our hearts to God throughout our day and let the little tasks in our day become sanctifying.