The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Help of Christians

A Christian imitates Jesus Christ, unites himself with Him, lives the life of Christ. A Christian is expected to resemble our Lord; he must be the living image of the Saviour, another Christ.

He seeks to resemble God. Adam was made, as attests the Holy Scripture, to God’s image: “Let us make man to our image and likeness: and God created man to His own image” (Genesis 1:26,27). Christianity tends to restore man to his primitive state, to his first greatness and happiness, to an intimate union with his Creator.

To be a Christian is to be kind to all; to bear patiently with injuries; to help the unfortunate; to compassionate with those in distress; to share in the sorrows of our neighbors as if they were our own; not to close our door upon the poor; to be deprived of all in the eyes of the world, but rich in the sight of God; to serve and love God with all our mind, with all our strength, with all our heart.

He is a Christian, whose soul is meek and just, whose heart rests in God, and who places all his confidence in Jesus Christ. Whosoever tramples under foot the things of earth for the glory of Heaven, despises the world rather than offend God, is a Christian.

As of old, the Israelites were God’s chosen people, so today Christians are His chosen people. They were purchased by the precious blood of His Divine Son, Jesus Christ is their King, and Mary, His Mother, is their Queen. Her interest in them knows no bounds, her assistance is never wanting to them in any of their needs. She is a help to them, through her extraordinary example of every virtue. She, “full of grace,” is all pleasing in the sight of God and most beloved by her Divine Son. In the midst of the gloom and misery caused by sin, she serves them as the light and the way, to follow in the foot-steps of the Saviour, pointing out to them that they must take up their cross and follow Him. She teaches them that to love Him is to love all that is good and holy, that separation from Him is misery and death; that to be with Him is happiness and life.

She helps them by her prayers and intercession before the throne of Jesus. If, while on earth, at her simple announcement that wine was wanting at the marriage feast of Cana, Jesus was pleased to perform His first public miracle, by changing water into wine, how much more powerful is her prayer now, seated, as she is, on a throne at the right hand of the Saviour in the kingdom of Heaven.

He obeyed her on earth, He will not now, in His heavenly home, turn a deaf ear to her pleading for us. If, by prayer, Queen Esther, in approaching the king, was able to save her people, will not Mary, the Queen of Heaven, in approaching the throne of Jesus and supplicating Him for her people, obtain for them what they humbly ask her to procure from the King of Kings, her most Divine Son.

Mary is the help of Christians, because of her co-operation with the Redeemer in the salvation of the world. She, all beautiful in His sight, refused Him nothing, gave Him of her own substance, cared for Him, suffered with Him, and with Him offered His precious blood to God, as a holocaust to appease His wrath and save all men and nations.

Can He now refuse to listen to her prayer in behalf of those, for whom He died, and who call upon her for assistance? Throughout all the past ages of Christianity we have signal evidence of her help to Christians, in times of temptation, of distress, of wars, of pestilence, and of all manner of calamities.

She comes to the help of the poor, the afflicted, the sinner and the saint. All experience her powerful influence at the throne of God. As King Pharo sent all who came seeking help in their need to Joseph, so now Jesus graciously grants the help we seek at His hands, through His Mother, Mary, who is also our Mother, and she pleads for us in all our necessities.

She helps us to know Jesus, to serve and to love Him, to live for Him, that we may reign with Him, magnify His holy name and call her “blessed” throughout the eternal years.