Because the Orphans have a Father in Heaven AND a Mother!
When my son lay dying I made a very public prayer, a desperate plea really, that I wished I could be more like Mary. I’ve wondered so often what I actually meant by that prayer thrown up in a time of desperation and fear.
In the 4 years since then, I’ve sought her counsel, asked for her prayers of intercession, accepted her favors and grace and generally basked in the love of a Heavenly mother who understood exactly what I had gone through. It’s almost like she put that prayer on my own lips because she knew how much I needed her! I have come to know Mary better because I have come to know her son better. The two go hand in hand. And through these deepened relationships I have been given the grace to carry on in the face of grief and pain and loss. Mary said yes, but more importantly, endured her cross with Grace. She knew the suffering she was signing up for and instead of complaining, she declares “My soul doth magnify the Lord” (Luke 1: 46) Mary is like a beacon of light, lighting the path, setting a glorious example of Trust for us to follow in our own sufferings.
When my eyes were first opened to the reality of these orphans with special needs, rejected and abandoned and many times unloved, my first thought as my motherly protective instinct surfaced, was to plead with their Heavenly Mother. God our father allows this suffering and so many other sufferings for reasons we can’t really fathom this side of heaven. As a believer I know He has divine reasons for every suffering that He allows and I trust in His divine will. Mary for me portrays another side of the reality. She is God’s mercy showered upon all His children to ease the sufferings of the human condition. Her Mother’s heart can’t stand to see any one of her precious children suffering. What mother could? What mother wouldn’t do anything and everything in her power to wrap her child in her loving arms and ease any suffering? She herself has said as much in many of her apparitions throughout history.
As followers of Christ we have the ultimate Hope and Faith that “God will wipe every tear from our eyes and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Rev.21:4). Praise be to God that for the Orphan, and for all of us, there is ultimately HOPE. But Mary is with us in a special way, here and now, to give us comfort and intercede for our heart’s desires and she is honored by her Son in all her requests that are in accord with His divine will.
I urgently call on Mary to wrap every single orphan in her loving arms so that they might know a mother’s love. I beg Mary to beg her Son to send earthly Mothers to every single orphan all over the world.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
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