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Blessed Virgin Mary’s Intercession

The month of May is traditionally dedicated to the Virgin Mary.  May begins with the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on 1 May.  Thus, the Holy Family is united on the calendar. 

Now, as you were growing up who did you normally/usually go to when you hurt yourself with a boo boo and needed some TLC?  Mom!  When you needed some “on the spot” advice who did you go to?  Mom!  When you left home to either go to college, marriage, or another event that took you away, who did you call weekly?  Mom!  Now, we had two sons and when they left for college and called who did they normally want to talk to when they called?  Mom!  I asked one time when one of my sons called, hey, am I chopped liver, does anyone want to talk with me?  So, not wanting to totally hurt my feelings he said, “Hi dad, how are you, is mom there?” Ughhhh!  However, I learned that there is such a special bond between a mom and her children that they will normally/usually gravitate to her in times of need!

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states “What the Catholic faith believes about Mary is based on what it believes about Christ, and what it teaches about Mary illumines in turn its faith in Christ” (CCC 487).  So, what is the Bottom-Line Up Front with regards to the Blessed Virgin Mary being the Mother of Jesus ergo the Mother of God?  She is also our Blessed Mother who we go to in times of trouble and turmoil.

A prime example is that over this past year during the COVID-19 pandemic where our lives became chaotic and disordered with adapting and dealing with this crisis.  As Catholics, we suffered real loss with limited access to Churches and ongoing restrictions in the celebration and receiving the Blessed Sacraments!  Much frustration and anger occurred over our leaders to not only make sense of the global crisis but also decisions being made.    

During this time of crisis, anger, and frustration we turned and prayed after masses during the month of May to Mary the Ever-Blessed Virgin of our Lord Jesus Christ and our heavenly Mother to intercede and help us during this time of uncertainty, loneliness, and healing?  We solemnly prayed:

O Immaculate Heart of Mary, we entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross, you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.

Patroness of the Diocese of Jefferson City, you know what we need.

We are certain of the power of your intercession, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee, joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us: He who taught us to “love one another, as I have loved you, took our sufferings upon Himself and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

Bring under your mantle of protection all who provide care for the sick and minister to their needs, as your Son implores us to do for one another.

V. We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

R. Do not despise our pleas and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

And through Mary’s intercession and during the month of May dedicated to her, it appears that the Pandemic Crisis is declining where we are beginning to return to normalcy!  Let us not only thank but also continue our prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her assistance and intercession so that “…joy and feasting might return (to all of us) after this moment of trial.”   

Blessings – Dcn Jim