Turning to Mary for Comfort

This past Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day – but did you know the entire month of May is dedicated to our Blessed Mother? May is traditionally the month of Mary, which you may see celebrated with May crownings, the planting of Mary gardens, and special Rosary devotions.

Marge Fenelon, a regular Morning Air® contributor, recently stopped by to discuss Mary as our mother, and why she is a person we should turn to for comfort and peace.

“We have this entire month of May to make it, in a sense, Mother’s Day every day for our Blessed Mother,” Marge pointed out. “It’s a good time to look at what lies in the way of really deepening our relationship with the Blessed Mother.”

One aspect that may keep us from a closer relationship with Mary is to put her on such a pedestal that she becomes more like a statue than a person. But on the Cross Jesus gave Mary to us, not only to be our model but to be our mother as well.

“When you can, get to that point when we’ve taken her off her pedestal. And I don’t mean taking away her honor but I mean making her touchable,” Marge said. “Heart-to-heart in that sense. In fact, I think there’s no greater title than mom or mother, even if that’s spiritual motherhood.”

For some people, the word ‘mother’ doesn’t evoke pleasant memories. Perhaps the name evokes a sense of loss or a difficult relationship. That was the case for a listener named Jody who called in to Morning Air to share how turning to Mary for comfort has been life changing.

Jody said, “I turned to Mary more than a decade ago. And actually, I wasn’t really strong in my religion at that time, and I love my mother to pieces but she was not a very maternal person, not very nurturing. And I don’t know if it was suggested to me or what, but I just turned to Mary and it’s been such a blessing for me.”

“I feel so comforted by her, I feel so taken care of,” Jody said. “I feel so nurtured by her. I have pictures of Mary in my office, I have them at home. I just can’t thank Mary enough for how much she helps me and gets me through. It’s also helped me to connect with Jesus. I feel like through Mary I am better able to connect with God. I’m eternally grateful for her.”

If you are going through a difficult time, turn to the Blessed Mother for comfort, guidance, and peace. She is always waiting, listening, and ready to lead us to happiness with her Son.

“We know that our Blessed Mother has a perfect heart,” Marge told listeners. “Having been untouched by original sin, it’s perfect. So reach for that heart, imagine the depth of the love that she has to offer us in comfort. Don’t be afraid to cry out to her in distress. And we can do it with one word: Mom.”

Listen to the full conversation below and tune-in to Morning Air weekdays from 5:00 – 8:00 a.m. Central on Relevant Radio® and the Relevant Radio App.

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Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at relevantradio.com and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.