Mary “Mother of the Year of Mercy”

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Am I not here, I who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?

Mary is truly our Mother of tender compassion, our “Mother of Mercy”.

We can rightfully call Mary our “Mother of Mercy” because it was by God’s special, prevenient grace, He created her soul to be the masterpiece of His Mercy in the world. This special gift of grace within her was the foundation of His whole work of mercy in the world through the Son, Jesus Christ.

Mary manifests herself as Mother of Mercy by being ‘Health of the sick, Refuge of sinners, Comforter of the afflicted, Help of Christians.’ The gradation of titles is very beautiful. It shows that Mary is merciful to those who are sick of body in order to benefit their souls, and that afterwards she consoles them in suffering and strengthens in the midst of all the difficulties we have to overcome.

As sinners we need never fear that Mary will reject us when we call on her for mercy. Because Mary is the Mother of Mercy and she burns with the desire to help us sinners.

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of St Mary Major's Basilica

Pope Francis opens the Holy Door of Mercy of St Mary Major’s Basilica

Pope Francis tells us that:

Mary treasured divine mercy in her heart in perfect harmony with her Son Jesus.

The Mother of the Crucified and Risen One has entered the sanctuary of divine mercy because she participated intimately in the mystery of His Love.

At the foot of the Cross Mary, together with John, the disciple of love, witnessed the words of forgiveness spoken by Jesus.

Chosen to be the Mother of the Son of God, Mary, from the outset, was prepared by the love of God to be the Ark of the Covenant between God and Man. She treasured divine mercy in her heart in perfect harmony with her Son Jesus.

Mary attests that the mercy of the Son of God knows no bounds and extends to everyone, without exception. Let us address her in the words of the Salve Regina, a prayer ever ancient and ever 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.

Let Us 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.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Pray for us.