As we discussed in another recent blog post, one of the spiritual pillars of our community is devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. The other is reliance on the Blessed Virgin Mary.
What, you might ask, does a relationship with Mary, with our specific charism? We are devoted to Mary because she is, of course, the mother of the Eternal Word–Jesus. In the words of Mother Angelica:
“Our Blessed Lady, Mother of the Eternal Word, is the surest and safest means to Jesus. She is the cause of our salvation.”
She brought Christ–and His saving Word–into the world and, therefore, we can rely on her to assist and protect us as we too strive to share the Gospel through our ministries and apostolates. You’ll notice that each of us has taken the name of Mary as part of our religious names (e.g. Fr. Leonard Mary). We also consecrate ourselves to Mary each year, according to the Consecration to Mary by St. Louis de Montfort.
Mother Angelica particularly gave to us Mary, Help of all Christians, as a mediator:
“I ask that Mary, Help of Christians, ever be your guide as you strive to bring the stray sheep back home and encourage the faithful ones ever onward to the heights of holiness.”
As we go about our day: in our prayer, our outreach and our ministries, we ask Our Lady to guide as so that we might be more effective instrument of God’s grace in the world.