Mother of Mercy...

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today is First Saturday and hopefully many of us will be offering acts of Reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If you are unfamiliar with First Friday Devotions, see HERE

When we pray the Rosary, we usually conclude with the prayer “Hail Holy Queen” in which we address Mary as “Mother of Mercy”. Since the "Year of Mercy is drawing to a close this month, it seemed good to begin a thread to remind ourselves how important Mary is to God in His Mercy towards us.

His Mercy, like His Love, endures, it is of “His Essence”; God is Love. God so loved the world He gave us Jesus, His Only Begotten Son. We see His Mercy, perhaps most clearly as we gaze upon a Crucifix. Mary stood beneath His Cross and saw His Mercy poured out for us, as the soldier pierced His Sacred Heart; blood and water poured forth.

The picture of Mercy Jesus asked St. Faustina to paint (now two versions by different artists) shows the Resurrected Jesus as He appeared to this saint, and from His Heart red and white rays streaming forth. Beneath His image He wanted the words: “Jesus I trust in You”.

Mary, our Mother of Mercy perfectly trusted in Jesus. And she is His gift to us from His Cross. He told John, and us: “Behold your Mother” and we need to do as John did, and take her into our lives. Have we truly done that? Have we learned from our Mother, more about the Great Mercy of God? Have we learned from Mary how to be a person of Mercy? Let us pray:

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, Our life, our sweetness, and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us. And after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.O clement O loving O sweet Virgin Mary.

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