Marian Month/ Mary: Help of Christians (May 23)

"Yes, we are still pilgrims, but our Mother has gone on ahead, where she points to the reward for our efforts. She tells us that we can make it. If we are faithful, we will reach home. Not only is the Blessed Virgin our model, but she is also the Help of Christians. And as we besiege her with our petitions -- 'Show that you are our Mother' -- she cannot help but watch over her children with motherly care."

Learn wisdom, my son, and make me joyful, and I will be able to answer him who taunts me. The prudent see evil and hide.
- Proverb 27:11-12

Reflection: Those who fail to do the works of their Mother renounce their lineage.
Mary is humble, but they are proud. Mary is pure, but they are wicked. Mary is full of love, but they are full of hate for others.
- St. Peter Chrysologus

Prayer: O Mary, you gave us an example of good works. Help me to follow your good example, not my evil inclinations. Let me root out all that is not Mary-like in me.

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