A message from the MMP National Director as our bishops consecrate our Nation and all of us to Our Blessed Mother Mary on May 1, 2020
Dear brother priests and all brothers and sisters of the MMP-USA,
Our Lady in Her messages has repeatedly asked that all the Church enter into the safe refuge of Her Immaculate Heart. By making our consecration and seeking to live it day by day, our life is changed. We become totally Hers like Jesus.
The bishops of the United States led by the USCCB President Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, together with the bishops of Canada are to make a consecration of our two countries – the USA and Canada to Our Blessed Mother under her title, Mother of the Church.
Mary became Mother of the Church at the crucifixion as Jesus dying on the cross said to the Beloved Disciple John: “Behold your Mother, behold your son.” In John, all the children of God have become also children of Mary. At the conclusion of the Vatican II Council, Pope St. Paul VI solemnly declared Mary to be Mother of the Church, Mater Ecclesiae. Our bishops as Pastors of the Church at this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic are powerfully reaffirming this relationship that all of us have with Our Blessed Mother. As a good mother, I am convinced that She will accept this consecration (re-consecration) lovingly and gratefully.
I most strongly encourage all priests, deacons, religious and laity, and in a special way our families with youth and small children, to unite ourselves wholeheartedly with our bishops as they lead us to enter more deeply into the loving embrace of Mary, whose motherly grace-filled and Immaculate Heart, loves us all with a tenderness and a necessary, powerful protection we stand so much in need of at this difficult time.
May Almighty God bless our dear bishops. Let us please continue to pray for them daily and offer them our heartfelt gratitude.
Thank you, may God bless you all, and may this month of May bring us closer to Our Blessed Mother, and see a shower of graces and divine help from Her Motherly and Immaculate Heart!
Fr. Richard Cortese