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Mother of Mercy

Faith Focus for the Week

What place does the Blessed Virgin Mary have in my life?

excerpt from “Mary, Mother of Mercy” by Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi in The Priest

Mary experiences at the depth of her very being the mercy of her dead and risen Son as his mother. She participated intimately in the mystery of his love, from his birth and placement in the wood of a manger to her standing by the wood of the cross from which our salvation was won. And from the cross, she has in addition been given to us as Mother, Mother of the Church, our Mother, at the same time holding the title Mother of Mercy. As our Mother, she intercedes for us when we seek her intercession from her merciful heart.

But how often do we prayerfully reflect on the meaning of that title, Mother of Mercy?

“Let us address her in the words of the Salve, Regina [an 11th-century prayer], ever ancient and new, so that she may never tire of turning her merciful eyes upon us, and make us worthy to contemplate the face of mercy, her Son Jesus” (MV, No. 24).

Reflect, then, on the words in reference to mercy, as we pray:

Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy,
Hail, 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 toward us;
And after this our exile,
Show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving,
O sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ, thy Son.

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