I am sure that you have prayed regularly on your own and with others during this Rosary month. I am sure that Our Lady is delighted by your affection and devotion. I must confess to that this month I have missed praying the Rosary a few times due to my tight schedule. My Rosary is dangling inside my car and I have failed to pick it up to at least pray a couple of decades before arriving at my destination. I am sure in this month of Rosary you would have initiated the practice of praying Rosary with some of our family and BEC members.
In less than three weeks we shall end the Jubilee Year of Mercy. On this month of October, we are focusing on Mary, Mother of Mercy whose heart is filled with tenderness and loving care toward all her children throughout the world.
She participated intimately in the mystery of salvation of her Son’s love from the birth till the cross. From the cross she has become our Mother, Mother of the Church and Mother of Mercy who is interceding for us from her merciful heart. That is the reason the Church always honours her and she has always been a part of Christian tradition and of our Christian faith. She has played an important role in our families by praying for peace and unity and for conversion of individuals and the rest of the world.
Whenever we pray the Rosary we meditate the four mysteries, the mysteries of salvation history. We pray 53 times the “Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.” We are relating to her with this prayer invoking her merciful love so that she may turn her eyes of mercy towards our families. That is why the Church calls her “the Mother of Mercy, Our Lady of Mercy and Mother of Divine Mercy.”
Ask yourselves these questions: Do you pray the Rosary every day and attend the Novena prayers to our Lady on Saturday? Do you prayerfully reflect on the meaning of Mother of Mercy? How often do you sing Marian hymns or read Marian stories or Marian miracle stories? The Church always invites us to enter the world of devotion to Mary. We Catholics should place our hearts and minds under her tender and love care as Mother of Mercy. She is truly our Mother of tender mercy and compassion. As we are in this extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, let us not miss every opportunity to enter the world of devotion to Mary. We need to “learn from her how to recognise our need for, and imitate her and extend the mercy her Son brought into the world.”
As we come to the end of closing month of Rosary and Jubilee Year of Mercy, we continuously pray to her for her maternal tender love and care. We too ask her to care for the homeless, the lonely, the sick, the tormented and the dying.
Mary, Mother of Mercy, PRAY FOR US!
Fr. George Packiasamy