Today begins our novena to the Blessed Virgin Mary in anticipation of the release of my next book, Forgiving Mother: A Marian Novena of Healing and Peace.
We offer this novena for those who have been wounded as the result of being raised without genuine maternal love.
On this first day, we consider those whose wounds are so deep that they’re afraid to face them. Their fears lie so deep that they hold back from healing and instead continue their lives as wounded, fearful beings.
As we read in Forgiving Mother, Mary is the key to our healing. Through her, we gather courage to seek and sustain healing. In her, we find the tgenuine motherly love that we so need and desire.
When we pray to Mary, we’re asking her to intercede for us to her Son and it’s with the understanding that she will not and cannot usurp God’s will. She doesn’t grant things directly or make things happen of her own accord. It’s not unlike asking a friend to pray for a special intention of ours. They pray on our behalf as Jesus directed during his ministry on earth. He told us, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Mt 7:7-8, NABRE
Offer one sacrifice today for those who need healing, but cannot bring themselves to ask. Together we pray:
O MOTHER, IN YOUR HOLY HEART
O Mother, in your holy heart
deeply inscribe each name
And as a sign that we are yours
write it with blood and flame.
In love and childlike gratitude
your name shall also be
Deeply inscribed within my heart
for all eternity. Amen.*
*Taken from Heavenwards by Fr. Joseph Kentenich