Dear Mary's Child,
Mary, the first disciple, leaves her house to go and help her pregnant cousin Elizabeth. Mary went in haste, neither anxious nor distracted, to accompany her cousin who conceived in her old age. Mary has always been one who visits us, accompanying us in the drama of birth, watching over our struggles and interceding on our behalf. And now, she continues to go forth, bringing us her perpetual help.
The joy which blossoms when we know that God is with us, with all people, gets our heart beating, gets our legs moving and “draws us out of ourselves”. It leads us to take the joy we have received and to share it in service, in those “pregnant” situations which our neighbors or families may be experiencing.
“Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the
revolutionary nature of love and tenderness.”
–Evangelii Gaudium, 288
Generation after generation, day after day, we are asked to renew our faith. Like Mary, we are invited to “leave home” and to open our eyes and hearts to others. Our faith calls us to leave our homes and go forth to encounter others, to visit the sick, the prisoner and to those who mourn. It makes us able to laugh with those who laugh, and rejoice with our neighbors who rejoice.
Following the example of Mary’s Perpetual Help, we want to be a Church family which serves, which leaves home and goes forth in order to accompany life, to sustain hope, to be a sign of unity. Like Mary, we want to go forth to build bridges, to break down walls, to sow seeds of reconciliation. Like Mary, we want to accompany all those “pregnant” situations of our neighbors, committed to life and walking with our brothers and sisters.
I ask you to strive like Mary, to leave home and set out on the path of visitation. And to learn to pray with Mary, for her prayer is one of remembrance and gratitude. Submit your intentions today.
In Jesus through Mary,
Brother Daniel Korn, C.Ss.R.
Redemptorist Missionary of the Denver Province
P.S. Join your prayer to others praying with Mary. Present your intentions before her icon.