Bless Mary, we need a miracle – Le Crieur de Saint Anselme
As violence in Eastern Europe persists, the Pope called on Catholics to unite in a united prayer for peace and the intercession of the Virgin Mary. On Friday, March 25 at 5:00 p.m. Rome time (12:00 p.m. NH), members of the Saint Anselm community gathered in the abbey church to pray for an act of consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
One of the first questions people asked when they saw the invitation to pray together was: what exactly is a consecration? “Consecration means to make sacred, to set something or someone apart for a sacred purpose. The scriptures are full of examples of people dedicating themselves, their children and even their nations to the will and service of God,” Fr. George said.
This act of consecration, which took place on the day of the Annunciation, involved consecrating humanity, especially Ukraine and Russia, to Mary. “Consecration to the Blessed Virgin Mary involves a plea to guide us to her Son, Jesus. Such an act invites us to entrust ourselves to his perfect intercession,” said Fr. George.
In a letter to all bishops, Pope Francis wrote: “Since it is fitting that we invoke peace with hearts renewed by God’s forgiveness, the act of consecration will take place in the context of a celebration of penance “. Since the Consecration took place on the day of the Annunciation and during Lent, Catholics can reflect on this event in different ways.
Brother George explained how the Pope’s message, especially during the season of Lent, emphasizes the need for repentance. “Rather than characterizing the current crisis as a bad country versus a good one, it reminds us all of our own collective guilt for allowing war in the first place,” said Fr. George.
The feast of the Annunciation, which celebrates the moment when the angel Gabriel descended to Mary to announce that she was going to give birth, calls on Catholics to consider how this act relates to current conflicts, both in Eastern Europe than in individual hearts. The act of consecration that was prayed by many Catholics that day reads: “You are able to untie the knots of our hearts and of our times. In you we place our trust. Through consecration, Catholics around the world put their faith in Mary to help humanity overcome division and work for peace.
The first recorded miracle of Jesus, when he turned water into wine at Cana, was also mentioned in the prayer. When the wedding feast ran out of wine, Jesus was not going to perform a miracle. However, Mary implored him to help the people and he listened to his mother. The act of consecration asks Mary to thus intercede once more for humanity, “for in our days we have lacked the wine of hope, joy has fled, fraternity has faded”.
Faith can often be tested during these times of suffering. People wonder how a loving God copes with the violence of the world around them, or if prayer is powerful enough to make a difference. “For us as Catholics, consecration should remind us that our struggles, hopes and goals involve politics but also transcend it,” the brother said. George.
As Pope Francis wrote in his letter to the bishops, “this act of consecration is intended as a gesture of the universal Church which, at this dramatic moment, raises to God, through his Mother and ours, the cry of pain of all who suffer and implore an end to violence, and to entrust the future of our human family to the Queen of Peace.