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Grieving with Mary: Finding Comfort and Healing in Devotion to the Mother of God
Along with joy and achievements, the human condition is one of conflict and tribulations. Grief is unavoidable. Everyone encounters heartache at one point or another. We battle our addictions and abuses, disputes with family and friends, illness and loss of loved ones, and stress over finances.
During such times, much comfort can be found in our faith. We have hope in the Lord’s goodness and mercy. We also gain peace in the support from saints and angels with whom God has surrounded us, especially Mary, who is the greatest of all saints.
Scripture instructs us to petition prayers from one another (See Thessalonians 2 3:1-2). We solicit prayers from Mary the same way we ask for prayers from our friends, family, and people we know to be holy.
Mary K. Doyle shows in Grieving with Mary that a journey to Our Lady is a circle of joy and love that flows in both the direction to her and from her. We can depend on her to help us in our need. She knows our pain, because our Blessed Mother, like us, was human and experienced struggles as great as anyone. And as a good and loving mother, she is closest to us when we art hurting.
Devotion can be shown to Mary in many different ways. You may choose the way that is most effective for you, whether it is through words, art, sacramentals, motion, or sacred spaces. And you do not have to pray the same way all of the time. One devotional may be easier at one time than another. The prayer needs only to come from the heart.
However you choose to honor Mary, by doing so one thing is very likely. You should become aware that she is with you, watching over you, protecting you, and ready to help. When sad or hurt, her tenderness will warm your heart. You will feel God’s gift to you of Mary’s sweet love. More significantly, your love for Jesus also will grow and in ways you will not imagine.
This revised edition of Grieving with Mary by Mary K. Doyle, which includes the Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots, one of Pope Francis’ favorite devotions, is an invaluable resource in our times of loss and sadness and a soothing tonic for the soul.