Mary Our Hope
Some say whales swallow their children when they see that they are in danger. This is what Mary does. “When storms rage she protects them in her own bosom until she brings them to the harbor of salvation.”
Blessed be God who has given Mary to us as a secure refuge in all of life’s dangers.
Our Blessed Lady told St. Bridget, “A mother uses every effort to save her son in the midst of his enemies. So, I will do to all sinners who seek my mercy.” In every battle with hell’s powers, we will conquer by having recourse to the Mother of God, saying always, “We fly to your protection.” How many victories this short prayer has won over the powers of hell!
Oh children of Mary, be of good heart. Remember, she accepts as her children all who choose to be her children. Rejoice! Why do you fear to be lost when Mary defends you? “Rejoice, for whatever judgment there is, will be pronounced by your brother (Jesus) and your mother (Mary)”.
“Whoever loves this good mother, should always trust, remembering that Jesus is his brother and Mary is his mother.”
“O safe refuge! Our judgment depends on our Brother and our Mother.”
Mary says “He that is little, let him turn to me.” (Pr 9:4) In danger, children always cry “Mother, Mother.” Mary desires that we be her children and call on her in every danger. She saves all who have recourse to her.
William Elphinstine was a young Scotch nobleman, born into Protestantism. Enlightened by grace and helped by a Scotch Jesuit, he saw his errors and became a Catholic by Mary’s intercession. He left France for Rome. In a vision, he saw his deceased mother who told him that she was lost because she died outside the Catholic Church. He redoubled his devotion to Mary and thought of being a religious. Delicate in health, he went to Naples, where God wanted him to live and die as a religious.
Shortly after arriving he became seriously ill and was accepted into the Jesuits. He received Viaticum and was professed. After this, he thanked Mary for snatching him from heresy and leading him to die in the true Church, surrounded by his religious brothers.
Told to rest a little, he said, “This is no time to rest. I am close to the end.” He saw his guardian angel who told him he would only spend a short time in purgatory and then go to heaven. A devout religious learned by revelation that he was in heaven.
Mary my Mother, I no longer deserve to be your son. It is enough if you accept me as your servant. Yet you must not forbid me to call you “Mother”, because this name consoles me and reminds me to love you. When I think of all my sins, I am consoled that you are my mother. Please allow me to call you “Mother.” Then, after God, you will be my refuge in this valley of tears. I hope to die with my soul in your hands and saying, “Mother, have pity on me.” Amen
~Source:”The Glories of Mary”