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Our Blessed Mother Hears Our Prayers; She Stands by Our Side
Think of all those “triumph against the odds” movies that are played over and over again on cable TV. When channel surfing, many of us will automatically stop to watch a pivotal scene when the underdog finally overcomes a monumental obstacle. Who hasn’t cheered for Rocky Balboa when he pushes his limits running through the streets of Philadelphia to train for the big fight? As fellow human beings, we immediately empathize with his determination, struggle, and fear. We get caught up in the emotional pull of the movie and instantly join Rocky’s corner and take on his worries and believe in his cause.
As Catholics, we can feel empowered knowing that Our Blessed Mother is in our corner. The Blessed Virgin Mary is our caretaker, our intercessor and our faithful supporter in this life. As a loving mother and guide, the Blessed Virgin Mary wants to help us on our journey towards eternal salvation. When we fall into sin, we can ask Mary to help us find our way back onto the true pathway to Christ. Through prayer, we reach out to Mary to form a bridge of faith that will lead us to a closer relationship to God.
St. Josemaría Escrivá reminds us that our heartfelt gratitude to the Blessed Mother for her intercession on our behalf must never end: “We never hope to fathom this inexpressible mystery nor will we ever be able to give sufficient thanks to Our Mother for bringing us into such intimacy with the Blessed Trinity.” Praying daily with Rosary beads in hand, so many Catholics turn to Our Blessed Mother to communicate a fervent desire for communion with God and fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Enter any church in the Archdiocese of New York and you will often find Catholics focused on the peaceful and healing recitation of the Rosary. By contemplating each mystery, many Catholics are energized in their faith as they grow closer to Jesus through Mary’s intercessory response to this dedicated prayer.
Due to Mary’s humanity, humility and selflessness, the faithful can readily feel connected to Mary. The underdog in all of us can be assured that Our Blessed Mother is always available in our corner to love, comfort, and guide. Hear Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s words of gratitude for her belief that Mary is the Mother and Nurturer for us all: “If you ever feel distressed during your day—call upon our Lady—just say this simple prayer: ‘Mary, Mother of Jesus, please be a mother to me now.’ I must admit— this prayer has never failed me.”
• How does reflecting upon Mary’s humble obedience and great faith in God change the way you express your faith to others?
• Do you see how daily prayer to Mary strengthens your relationship with the Blessed Trinity?
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