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Chapter 57

“Call Upon Mary”

 

In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties,
think of Mary, call upon Mary.
—St. Bernard of Clairvaux

 

 

From the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away.  When they arrived in the city they went up into an upper room.  All these (disciples) were persevering with one mind in prayer, together with several women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.” (Acts 1:12-14)  When we have journeyed spiritually from our dwelling in the earthly city of a worldly Jerusalem, through the “the Mount of Olives” and a crushing crucifixion, up to the “upper room” of prayer and contemplation in a heavenly Jerusalem of angels and saints, we mystically join “Mary the mother of Jesus,” “a Sabbath day’s journey away” from the world.  “From Mary (and all the angels and saints) we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things.  From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone.  From Mary we learn to love Christ, her Son and the Son of God.” (St. John Paul II)  Mary leads us to Jesus.  He is the “Ocean of Charity.”  She is the “star of the sea.”

 

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