“Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” Pray for us, you whose prayers are always heard, who more than any other has shared in the sufferings of your Divine Son and while we offer to God the merits of that Son, Who has made us His brethren by adoption, do you help and support us. Now – that is to say, in all our present necessities – and at the hour of our death – at that moment which decides our fate for all eternity. That is the petition which we address to the holy Mother of God fifty times over, every time we say the Rosary.
What is more consoling in times of distress and need than the knowledge that we have a powerful helper? What is sweeter at the supreme moment than the certainty that we have one to assist us who is always successful? The daily Rosary is the best means to insure us this strength and this assistance.
But to give us this assurance the Rosary must be recited with faith and devotion. Oh, if our faith were strong enough to convince us of the efficacy of this prayer, we should understand why it was the favorite devotion of St. Francis of Sales and St. Alphonsus Liguori; we should be among those who would not omit saying it for anything in the world, and our fidelity would fill us with strength in all our dangers and difficulties. At the hour of death, unless disease has extinguished intellectual and moral life in us, the memory of the Rosaries said with fervor will rise up spontaneously to comfort us. Why should we not dwell on this consoling thought during our life? Our confidence here below is the measure of all the favors from on high.
Excerpt from Meditations and Intructions on the Blessed Virgin, Vol 1, by A. Vermeersch, SJ.