06 MARY – Our Constant Guide - Marcellus D’Souza

posted Apr 25, 2018, 9:13 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 9:13 AM ]
The month of May is when there is special devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. Rosaries are recited, hymns like 'Let us Mingle together' and other Marian hymns are sung.

Community rosaries bring us together. It is an opportunity for fellowship and bonding, especially today, when the community is in need of each other, given the precarious times we live in. It is a moment when we can share our common concerns, share our moments of joy and sorrow. The Grotto of Our Lady is the magnet that pulls us all towards it. We forget our differences and pains.

The Magnificat is a song of victory that talks about the emancipation of the labour class. Mary is a model for workers who fight for their rights in a culture of exploitation and oppression of the downtrodden and the working class. We repose our faith in the Mother of Our Lord, knowing well that she is more efficient than WhatsApp to carry our message to Her Son Jesus. As we contemplate each bead of each decade of the rosary, we not only focus on the mysteries of Christ through the eyes of Mary, but also send up our plea as well as our thanks for what we require and what we have received from the Lord.

Our Lady is a benevolent Mother. She knows our every need and our every petition. She has the motivational drive to move heaven and intercede on our behalf. The devotion that Saint John Paul had for Mary was infectious, to say the least. No wonder Pope Francis is a great devotee of the helping hand that Mary holds out for all those who call on her name. If we introspect, we will realise how many times we have called on Mary, perhaps on several occasions, such as prior to an examination, surgery, a job interview, or while crossing a road or making our way through never ending traffic, and she has never disappointed us. As Catholics, we have put our faith in our Lady and have never had an opportunity to complain. The number of Thanksgiving testimonies that appear in the 'Madonna' published by Don Bosco, Matunga amaze and strengthen the faith of the devotee..