“Pray for poor sinners”
– Our Lady at Lourdes
In our hearts, we know that the Most Blessed Virgin is always welcoming toward us and wants our good. Sometimes, however, our sinfulness puts us off approaching Her; we fear that She cannot possibly love one as sinful as us, that we would offend Her by coming before Her. This, of course, is untrue.
Saint Paul tells us clearly that “Christ died for sinful men.. what proves that God loves us is that Christ died for us while we were still sinners” (cf. Rom. 5:6,8). And if the Son can love us even as sinners, there is no doubt whatsoever that the Mother – perfectly conformed to the will of Her Divine Son – loves us in the same way. And yes, even while we are still sinners.
Saint Bernadette recounted that during the sixth appearance of Our Blessed Lady at the grotto of Lourdes –
‘The Lady, looking away from me for a moment, directed Her glance afar, above my head. Then, looking down upon me again, for I had asked Her what had saddened Her, she replied – ‘Pray for the sinners’. I was very quickly reassured by the expression of goodness and sweetness which I saw return to Her face, and immediately She disappeared.’
No matter who you are, no matter what you have done, no matter how your sins – even if truly grievous – trouble you and weigh you down, go to your heavenly Mother. Place yourself before Her, ask Her intercession and be absolutely certain that She will give it to you. There is a very good reason why the Church, in her great wisdom, calls the Blessed Virgin the ‘Refuge of Sinners’.
Have courage and have confidence. Go to Her.