Often we can get caught up in our day-to-day lives, trapped in the bustle of work, social media and everything and everyone that is vying for our attention.
It's also a simple matter to go through our day from our early morning shuffle into work and to our late night shuffle into bed without asking for help, without praying and without recognizing our own needs.
We are so obsessed with this idea of individualism we forget that we are communal creatures. I cannot do everything (despite prideful claims to the contrary) and that is perfectly fine. I'm not meant to.
What I am meant to do is to ask for help, whether that is physical help from a coworker or the help of prayers from my Church and community. We are human and as humans we need each other.
But there is one thing we need more than that.
We need a mother.
I'm speaking specifically about Mary the Mother of God. Now, if you know me, you know how much of a fan I am of this amazing woman but I will tone it to manageable levels for the sake of this argument and your time.
As a devout Catholic, I am asking for Mary's intercession all the time. I pray the Rosary every day and I just straight up ask her to ask her son, Jesus, for me. Why? Well because it works!
Jesus, throughout his earthly life, loved his mother and honored her just like the Commandment "Honor thy Father and Mother" asks us to do. When she asked him for a miracle at the Wedding at Cana, he first said it's not his time yet, but at the end of the day he does exactly what is mother asks him to do.
Mary's intercession is what we like to call efficacious (aka it works and is successful in producing the desired result).
St. Bernard, one of the last Church Fathers, issued an amazing reflection on that very subject and I want to leave you with his words so you can mull all of this over.
"With her [Mary] for guide, thou shalt never go astray; whilst invoking her, thou shalt never lose heart; so long as she is in thy mind, thou shalt not be deceived; whilst she holds thy hand, thou canst not fall; under her protection, thou hast nothing to fear; if she walks before thee, thou shalt not grow weary; if she shows thee favor, thou shalt reach the goal.”(Translation from Pius XII’s encyclical, paragraph 31).
When Jesus entrusted his Mother into the care of the Beloved Apostle John, he said "behold your mother." Those words were not meant for John alone but for all of us. We are each her children and she looks after us in a special way, but if we don't call for her help, ask for it, how can she aid us? Use your free will, ask Mary to step into your life and to help perfect your prayer to God.
Mater Misericordiae, Ora Pro Nobis.