Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple


Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix and Mediated Prayers for Help!

posted by Mark Herringshaw


Virgin-Maria-Auxiliatrix-Picture.jpgThe title “Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix” caught my eye this morning. I was reviewing the morning news when I saw this at the top of Google’s Hot Trends list. I’m not Catholic, but I pray, and I want to encourage and help others connect with God. So I was fascinated by the planet’s sudden (and in Google’s terms) “Volcanic” interest in this spiritual theme. I decided to learn more.

My crash course understanding is that “Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix” is a kind of prayer – “Virgin Mary, Help.” Catholic Christians believe that Saints living in heaven – Mary chief among them – have close access to God. They say that while all Christians are invited to talk directly with God through Jesus, our prayers can be expedited by asking Christian saints to intercede on our behalf. Catholics don’t so much pray to Mary as ask for her assistance in boosting our prayers toward God.

Let me say again… I’m not Catholic. I’ve never yet directed a request to Mary or another deceased saint to intercede for me to God. I believe I have simple and direct access to God through Jesus and am invited to ask for help myself. I do this all the time and I believe I get answers all the time.

But… I can see the point made by my Catholic brothers and sisters. Protestants sometimes accuse Catholics of “worshipping” Mary. Nothing could be further from truth. Catholics revere Mary, as the one human chose to bear the Son of God. That makes her very special by any Christian standard. By extension, if we do believe in heaven and that those who’ve gone ahead of us are, as the writer of Hebrews says, “Witnesses” watching our lives on earth, would it be possible to ask them to pray for us? After all, I ask friends to pray for me frequently, not because I don’t think God hears my own requests but because I figure the more prayers of agreement, the better. Why not include friends in heaven as well? As long as we recognize it’s God who delivers the help, shouldn’t anyone’s prayers to move him be welcome!

I’m thinking out loud here… I’m not converting my form of Christianity and I’m not ready to make a daily practice of beseeching saints. I am working past presumed prejudices, admitting – here in public – that I can appreciate how my Catholic siblings have come to their beliefs and practices.

So, while I’m may not be ready to go there myself, if any Catholics reading this want to send up the request today – “Virgin Maria Auxiliatrix” – on my behalf, I’m more than willing to join you with, “Amen!” I can use all the help from God I can get!

Do you seek intercession from Mary? What’s been your experience. Tell us.

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  • Ralph

    Hi. Thanks for the update. I am Catholic and do seek and have received severally help from Mother Mary, and the Saints. This is through their intercession for me. I was shoked to hear about a patron saint of assassins, and like everyone else needed toknwo what exactly this was about. Thank God it is merely an abuse of an exising priviledge, in my opinion.

  • PAULA

    i want to remind all people that Mary does answer prayers…i was married at age 24…and was a baptist..i was married into a Catholic Church and was converted over to that faith…i wanted to start a family at age 26 and found out i was given only a 10% chance of having any children..my wonderful mother in law is and still is a very devout Catholic, and showed me how to start a Novena Prayer to the Virgin Mary..i didn’t believe at first about saying a 54 day prayer to Mary..then on the exact 54th day of my prayers..i recieved a phone call from my doctor’s office saying i was pregnant!!! not only that my dr.visit confirmed on the ultrasound i was expecting twins!! what a surprise to not only be pregnant.but twins at that!!!i ended up having 4 wonderful,beautiful, loving daughters whom are now ages 24,23,20, and 19!!!well, my marriage to their father ended after 19 years of marriage…i went through a terrible depression,and for months and years later..i didn’t think god cared for me anymor because my prayers that once were answered, stopped..then…in 2006…my mother who lives in kentucky became very ill from heart disease..and my cousin out of the blue called and said sombody wants to talk to you..i went to a prom with a young man that was my”first love”…we talked on the phone and we met..and i prayed to God and Mary if this is suppose to work out i will accept waht you want me to do..well another answered prayer!!!not on”my time” but on God’s time” my husband and i are going to celebrate our 3rd aniversary this Nov.25th!!!!and he is the love of my life and a blessing to me even at the age of 51!!!! so…i still pray to the Saints..and the Virgin Mary,and God…aand it doesn’t matter to them if you are Cathlolic or not…they listen!!!!!

  • ROSE

    I AM A CATHOLIC AND I DO BELIEVE MARY DOIES ANSWERS EVERYONE PRAYERS THAT PRAY TO HER SHE IS A SAINT ROSE

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment G. Napolitano

    Mary, Help of the Christians, can help in may ways. To find an approach to God. To accept God’s’will as She did willingly. To recognize Jesus in every single person and pay respect to their dignity and rights.

  • http://www.pandorasuksale.uk.com pandora

    You had some nice points here. I done a research on the topic and got most peoples will agree with you

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