There are some events that change the direction of our life. They may be either the death of a loved one or loss of job or chronic illness or miscarriage or even hurting relationship between spouses. Sometimes a recurrent or habitual sin that the person is not able to overcome would also shake our life. On these occasions, we are led to think that God has abandoned us and consequently we stop praying.

In all such moments, it may be difficult to relate ourselves with God as one who loves us. Let us look at a woman who had been through so much sorrow, who had seen the worst of life, and yet firmly relied on the promises of God and on His unconditional love and mercy. The woman is none other than Our Blessed Mother, Mary, the mother of Jesus. As a mother, she will comfort us during the moments of agonies.

Let me share an experience of St. Juan Diego, to whom Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared in Mexico during 1500s. She appeared to him several times. But once when his uncle was sick, he stopped seeking for the assistance of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Hence, Our Lady appeared to him and said:

“Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you or disturb you”.

Surprisingly, when Juan Diego went home, he found that his uncle was cured.

We should not forget that when Jesus was hanging on the Cross, dying for us, He gave His Mother to be our Mother. Unfortunately, we often forget that she is our loving Mother, who is ever ready to embrace us under her mantle of love. The Mother of Jesus, who interceded before her Son, when there was a dire need at the marriage in Cana, is the same Mother, who is asking us, “Are you not under my shadow and protection and under the hollow of my mantle?”

The easy way for seeking our Mother’s comfort is by praying the Holy Rosary. When we are afraid, or worried, or exhausted with pain, frustration, or loss, or face misfortune in life, let us turn to her seeking for her comfort by praying the Holy Rosary, a simple prayer, which any one could do in any situation.

God bless you

Fr. Arul Joseph V.


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