Mary, Mother of Mercy
The Blessed Mother is the Mother of Mercy and the Mother of the Merciful Savior. As Jesus is present Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in the Eucharist, she is also Mother of the Eucharist. She leads us to Him and gives us an example of pure humility, obedience, ardent love of God and complete trust in His will.
Mary's life was full of contradictions. She carried the Son of God in her womb and had many joys, but also many sorrows. Reflecting on her sorrows, we recall the prophecy of Simeon (Lk 2:34-35); the flight into Egypt (Matt 2:13-14), the loss of Jesus in the temple (Lk 2:43-45), the meeting of Jesus and Mary on the Way of the Cross, the Crucifixion, the taking down of the Body of Jesus from the Cross, and the burial of Jesus. Each of these must have pierced Her heart like a sharp sword and inflicted pain that only a loving mother could understand.
When speaking to Blessed Faustina on suffering and humility, Our Blessed Lady told her, "Know my daughter, that although I was raised to the dignity of the Mother of God, seven swords of pain pierced My heart. Don't do anything to defend yourself; bear everything with humility; God himself will defend you." (Diary, p. 786) On another occasion Mary told her, "I know how much you suffer, but do not be afraid. I share with you your suffering and I shall always do so." (Diary, p.25)
The Queen of Peace exuded humility, encouraging Faustina to learn and practice humility. "My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continually, may be able to rest. Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being." (Diary, p.785) Later she wrote, "When I was left alone with the Blessed Virgin, She instructed me concerning the interior life. She said, "The soul's true greatness is in loving God and humbling oneself in His presence, completely forgetting oneself and believing oneself to be nothing; because the Lord is great, but He is well-pleased only with the humble; He always opposed the proud." (Diary, p. 1711)
Our Blessed Lady encouraged Faustina to develop a deeply spiritual life with Jesus, encouraging her to do only His will. "After Holy Communion, the Mother of God gave me to experience the anxious concerns she had in Her heart because of the Son of God. But this anxiety was permeated with such fragrance of abandonment to the will of God that I should call it rather a delight than an anxiety. I understood how my soul ought to accept the will of God in all things. It is a pity I cannot write this the way I experienced it. My soul was plunged in deep recollection all day long. Nothing could tear me away from this recollection, neither duties, nor the business I had with lay people." (Diary, p.1437) On another occasion Mary told her, "I am the Mother to you all, thanks to the unfathomable mercy of God. Most pleasing to Me is that soul which faithfully carries out the will of God." She gave me to understand that I had faithfully fulfilled the will (188) of God and had found favor in His eye." On another occasion, "Be courageous. Do not fear obstacles, but fix your gaze upon the Passion of My Son, and in this way you will be victorious." (Diary, p.449)
As Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, she calls on us to pray for our priests, the ones chosen to bring Her Son to the faithful in the Eucharist. "I say the Mother of God clothed in a white gown, girt about with a golden cincture; and there were tiny stars, also of gold, over the whole garment, and chevron-shaped sleeves lined with gold. Her cloak was shy-blue, lightly thrown over her shoulders. A transparent veil was delicately drawn over her head, while Her flowing hair was set off beautifully by a golden drown which terminated in little crosses. On Her left, she held the Child Jesus. A Blessed Mother of this type I had not yet seen. Then she looked at me kindly and said, "I am the Mother of God and of Priests." At that she lowered Jesus from Her arm to the ground, raised Her right hand heavenward and said, "O God, bless Poland, bless priests." (Diary, p.1585)
Mary wants us to think of her as our mother, our Heavenly Mother. " I am not only Queen of Heaven, but also the Mother of Mercy and your Mother." (Diary, p.330) And when we struggle with the stresses of life in situations requiring humility, obedience, trust and an ardent love of God, let us ponder the attitude of Mary, the Queen of Heaven and Earth and our Merciful Mother.