As you may have read on here before, I have had the opportunity on five occasions to take mission trips to Granada, Nicaragua with Notre Dame Seminary. Each time we had built into the trip a 'desert day' when we were able to simply spend some time in prayer in Granada and the various churches sprinkled throughout the city. One of my favorites was a Salesian church, Maria Auxiliadora - taken from the title of Mary as 'Help of Christians'. Indeed she is the help for us all because a mother's love never fades. So, in preparation for her feast this Saturday, we offer as our Half-Way Prayer this week composed by St. John Bosco, founder of the Salesians:
Most Holy Virgin Mary, Help of Christians, how sweet it is to come to your feet imploring your perpetual help. If earthly mothers cease not to remember their children,how can you, the most loving of all mothers forget me? Grant then to me, I implore you,your perpetual help in all my necessities, in every sorrow, and especially in all my temptations. I ask for your unceasing help for all who are now suffering. Help the weak, cure the sick, convert sinners. Grant through your intercessions many vocations to the religious life. Obtain for us, O Mary, Help of Christians, that having invoked you on earth we may love and eternally thank you in heaven.