Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth

[Scripture Readings: Is 9:1-6; Lk 1:26-38]

When Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830, she wanted a medal to be cast, showing rays of light streaming from precious stones on her fingers to people on earth. When Catherine wondered why no rays of light came from some of the precious stones on her fingers, Mary replied, “These are graces for which I am not asked.”1

Mary's love for us is that of a mother. But her power to help us is that of a queen. Not any ordinary queen, but the Queen of heaven and earth, the Mother of God, whose Son is Christ the King. What is Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, waiting for us to ask of her?

Today, from 9:00 to 11:00 Pro-Life groups across the United States and overseas are holding a Day of Prayer in front of more than 300 Planned Parenthood facilities to protest the killing, harvesting and sale of body parts of aborted children.2

Let us join in asking the Queen of heaven and earth for the grace to bring an end to this holocaust!