Friday, December 8, 2017

Recourse to Thee

As the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, I am reminded of the words given by Mary to St, Catherine Laboure which are inscribed around the edge of the Miraculous Medal: 
"O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee." 

The words "O Mary conceived without sin" are exactly the reality which we celebrate on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - the fact that our Blessed Mother was preserved from all sin, including that of original sin, by a special grace. It is the second part of the prayer that I have been thinking about recently: "pray for us who have recourse to thee." Those words are not exactly 21st century suburban lexicon. I have come to understand this powerful phrase through the lens of my own motherhood.

As a Mom I have experienced the perplexing phenomenon of having my children run straight past their Dad and directly into my arms sobbing and relaying their latest tale of woe -- anything and everything from "I'm hungry" to "I don't feel well" to the perennial "We have no toilet paper." Often, their needs are not something that I can directly meet - at least on my own. It is my role to take those needs and advocate for my children - with my husband, or the pediatrician, or a teacher, or even another child. As a Mom, I sometimes feel like the majority of my day is spent anticipating my children's needs and seeing that they are met. I do so out of my great love for my children and they, in turn, sense that love and have recourse to me. There is no greater satisfaction for me than knowing that it is my love and help that have brought peace and comfort to one of my children.

The reality is that my children don't analyze this recourse - they don't read books about it; they don't question it or debate it; they don't agonize over whether they should be calling the pediatrician or the piano teacher directly. They seek out and accept my help as naturally as they accept breathing.

From the cross the Lord Jesus gave us the most precious gift of being able to call his Mother, our Mother.  He gave us the ability to have recourse to her - to seek her help and intercession whenever and wherever we need it. In our Blessed Mother, we find those maternal arms open and waiting for us to run to her and tell her our latest tale of woe. In her, we find an Mother who will advocate for the well-being of us, her children. More than that, we find in our Blessed Mother, a mother who is constantly watching for the as yet unnoticed and unspoken needs of her children and asking her Son to meet those needs as she did for the wedding couple who had run out of wine so many years ago.

Thank you Lord, for the gift of Mary as our Mother. Help us to see and recognize
the love she has for us as her children and give us the grace to seek her help and prayers,
knowing that she takes them directly to you!

Read related posts here:
The Angelus: Domestic Church Style
31 Ways to Grow In Devotion To Mary
7 Lessons From the Visitation
"Is There Anything Else You Need": A Dialogue between Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego

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