I find myself after each trial so thankfully talking to you. I find myself looking on my bedside table for your prayer I found in the local newspaper and covered with clear mailing tape so I could keep it there for years without fear of coffee or water or medicine stains harming it. It reads like this;
“PRAYER TO THE VIRGIN MARY (NEVER KNOWN TO FAIL)
Oh most beautiful flower of Mt. Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. Oh star of the sea help me and show me herein you are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth. I humbly beseech thee from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh show me herein you are my Mother. Oh Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee ( say three times.) Holy Mary I place this cause in your hands (three times) Thank you for your mercy to me and mine. Amen.”
This prayer must be said for 3 days and after that the request will be granted. The prayer must be published.
I found this prayer in the local paper years ago and saying it and focusing on it has given me more comfort than I can express. I pray these words all the time now for I find it gives me great comfort when I think of all the ones that have passed I can see them sitting and talking and enjoying each other just as we do here sharing stories about their Mothers and Fathers and the rest of the family just as we do here. And when some really frightening things happen here (as they always will) I go back to this to find comfort in the eternal facts that we are born and we die but the spirit goes on. The troubles that happen here just cannot stop the waves of love the patience and the faithfulness that just is the love between us all. And in the end, my Mother was right…It all will really be O.K.
I see my Nephews and Mom and Dad, my brother in law Frank and all my Aunts and Uncles sitting about talking and laughing as if they were at a party at my Grandma Spellacy’s house. A mighty party, like my parents 25th anniversary party and Mac McAndrews is sitting in the basement at that old upright piano and they are all drinking and singing. My Aunt Marge is laughing and telling another funny story to My Godmother Liz and Ryan and Johnny are swapping stories about their Mothers and Fathers and laughing so. Kelly is still little and beating the pants off of a screaming Dolly Cox in a poker game, and I can see the joy of it all. And thats part of the “succor” that this prayer offers me. A chance to see things that I know in my heart to be true but things we can’t in this world with our eyes focused on the everyday.
We forget the eternal joy. So take a moment and just pray and then just laugh and remember the funniest times with all those guys…For if your heart can imagine these things in a place called home it really is just so. Visit once in awhile by praying and finding that joyous place in your heart and mind. Tell them how you love them and miss them and tell them to have a glass for you in joy. Because that’s just what they mean to you, joy. And have a safe and blessed Christmas and a New Year with filled with great memories and terrific love for those who surround you now. Peace and love and laughter to you all.
And Thank You to Our Lady, for her prayer gives us the time to remember.