Through Mary to Christ
Through you, Mother, we have come to your Son.
You conceived him, you carried him,
you gave birth to him,
you accompanied him throughout his life,
in order to bring him to us and to give him to us.
And also in order to show us how a man
can bear and understand him,
how a man can place his life within
the life of your Son,
so as to receive it from him.
In order to convey to us
the gift of his infancy, of his years at home with you,
the fight of his public life
and of the hour of his Passion.
At every phase of his life you were so involved
that everything his presence conveyed
found room in your receptive heart.
Yet not for you, but for us.
By your Yes, you placed yourself so totally
at the disposal of the Father, the Son, and the Spirit,
that the triune God gave us to the Son
right through you.
You led us to him, but you were always so much in God,
so much within your mission
and your own Yes,
that your only desire
was to act as the conveyor of the gift
and not as the original giver.
Yet for that very reason your act of conveying
also became a gift
that came from your humility
and that your humility gave us.
A gift to us,
but also a gift to God.
And we would like to ask you today
to accept into your Yes all
that makes up our lives, not just its joys,
but also its sacrifices, the roads we take
that we had not reckoned on before.
Do this so that we may once again come to your Son through you.
So that through you, who knew so well
how to carry out the Son's will,
we, too, may now accept anew everything
he intends for us in the will of the Father,
may now will it anew because it is his will.
But also that through you we may will anew,
with you, grateful that everything you did
occurred entirely within his mission.
And when the sacrifice costs more than we thought,
when it is harder to bear than we imagined,
we want to remember that you did not shrink in fear from any sacrifice,
and that you did everything in the joy of your Yes.
And we want to ask you to intercede
for us with the Father, with your Son, and with the Spirit,
so that we may be permitted to live
by your strength,
to come in reality to the Son through you,
and to do in him what you have done from him all along.
And when you see your angel, Mother,
that his appearance assured
you of the way.
Ask him to surround us
with care out of love for you, just as he did for you,
to intercede for us just as he interceded for you
and, by his appearing, gave you the power
to say Yes in faith to everything. Amen.
- Adrienne von Speyr, With God and With Men: Prayers, 36-38