Today is May 22, and in just nine days we will celebrate Pentecost.
When I was chaplain at Northridge Prep, I was giving a chapel talk to sixth grade boys in the month of May and I asked them, “Have any of you ever received a miracle or a favor from the Blessed Mother?” Immediately four hands shot right up in the air. The other boys looked at them like “How come you got a miracle and I didn’t?” So I said, “Never mind if you haven’t received a miracle or favor from the Blessed Mother. It’s because you haven’t needed one yet.” The boys with their hands in the air smiled and nodded in agreement.
So I ask you, “Have you ever received a miracle or a favor from the Blessed Mother?” I know I have. But out of modesty, I’ll just keep it to myself for now. The point is, Mary is our Mother in Heaven. She is the Queen of Angels and Saints, and she can and she does intervene powerfully in human history and in your own history if you ask her and you need her help.
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. Amen.