Priest on Marian apparitions: Mary with us in suffering
Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, author of the widely-popular Marian self-retreat 33 Days to Morning Glory, gives the 4th talk entitled “Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary” at the National Marian Congress on the Centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima at the SMX Convention Center, July 9, 2017. PHOTO COURTESY OF EDWIN VALLES
PASAY City– Why did Jesus give us the Blessed Virgin?
According to Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, author of the widely-popular Marian self-retreat 33 Days to Morning Glory, it is so that in times of suffering and pain, the faithful have a mother to comfort them in times of suffering.
“[Mary was a mother] who would be there for us always. Jesus gave us a perfect mother who would always be with us in every darkness,” said the priest to thousands of delegates at the National Marian Congress on the Centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima on July 9 at the SMX Convention Center.
According to Gaitley, who also wrote the book Consoling the Heart of Jesus, in giving Christians the Blessed Virgin as their spiritual mother God showed a great understanding of humanity.
“Moms are experts at comforting us in times of suffering. …Moms are geniuses with that. But that’s not just for little kids. It’s not just true for soldiers of war, it’s true for all of us,” he explained.
To understand this deep human need that mothers fulfill, Gaitley said it is important to see the Scripture passage John 19:26-27 where Jesus on the cross entrusts the Blessed Mother to the disciple John as the “heart of Marian consecration.”
“Jesus knew that He had called all of us to take up our crosses daily. He knew that the Christian life is not easy… Sometimes, we will be on our own Calvaries. But Jesus knew that and from the cross, He wanted to make sure that we have no less of a consolation than He had,” said the priest.
What hurts Mary
He added: “Mary was at least a drop of consolation in an ocean of bitterness. That’s who Mary is because that’s what mothers do.”
In turn, Gaitley explained that nothing wounds the Immaculate Heart of Mary more than the rejection of her motherly love and care.
The priest said the Blessed Virgin’s heart was “..a heart that’s constantly pierced with ingratitude and lack of love.” CBCPNews