"Mary, the Help of Christians”
Reading: (Don Bosco’s Good Night, from Biographical Memoirs of St. John Bosco XIII, p. 321)
Don Bosco spoke in a good night:
I urge you as the best I can—may my words be engraved upon your minds and hearts—to call upon the name of Mary, specifically saying, “Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!” Brief as it is, it has been found to be a most effective prayer. I have suggested it to many, and all or nearly all have told me of the happy results they obtained. I have heard the same from people who regularly and of their own accord say the prayer without having been previously advised.
We all have our problems, we all need help. When in need of a spiritual favor, make a habit of repeating this invocation.
Mary does not refuse our prayer; it’s we who do not want our prayers to be heard. Prayer must be earnest, persevering, prompted by faith, with conviction that it will be heard. Try it all of you, and tell all you relatives and friends to try it too.
Mary Help of Christians, pray for us.