9th October – 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C).

our lady queen of peaceToday at the parish Masses I preached on Mary as our spiritual mother. I based it on one of the Seven Last Words of Jesus from the Cross, namely John 19:25-27: “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, ‘Woman, this is your son. Then to the disciple he said, ‘This is your mother’. And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.

What we see taking place between the beloved disciple and Mary is meant to be the relationship between all Jesus’ beloved disciples and Mary. So how do we take Mary into the home of our hearts as spiritual mother? One means to this end is to consecrate ourselves to her as John the Evangelist did. I directed the parishioners to a sheet at the back of the church and which is copied below. I drew particular attention to what St John Paul II said about this devotion. I also mentioned that my own vocation to the priesthood came shortly after making this consecration back in early 1990 – the call itself came out of the blue on Mother’s Day, 1990. If anybody reading this is interested in making the Consecration, there is a solemn 33 day prayer preparation to internalise fully what is involved. The book is called 33 DAYS TO MORNING GLORY and it can be ordered through the Monfort Press in Liverpool: + 44 (0)151 287 6862. The Act of Consecration below sums up this devotion in itself.