Comforter of the Afflicted

Mary is the best of all mothers. Our human mothers, no matter how exceptional, only give us a reflection of the love and concern that Mary has for us. No wonder so many saints and holy people, deprived of their mothers by death or other misfortune, ask Mary to be their own true mother.
Pondering Mary as Comforter of the Afflicted, it seems this role shows us Mary as the intercessor par excellence. When we are drowning in sin, we call to Mary, who helps us to come safely to the shore where we can ask for God\’s forgiveness anew. Mary comes before God just as Queen Bathsheba entered the presence of King David, reminding him of his promise that their son Solomon would reign as king after him. She is like Esther, approaching God with a mixture of confidence and holy fear. We ask her help, because we know that God will not refuse His mother anything she asks of Him. 
Just as children do not always understand what their parents know is best for them, we sometimes become frustrated or angry with Mary. We have an idea of how our prayers should be answered, and if things don\’t go our way…..!! So we must always have trust in Mary, and through Mary, we have trust in her Son, who will make all things right in ways we cannot begin to imagine. 
Mary, Comforter of the Afflicted, intercede for us all during this time of pandemic. Help us to discern what God wants of us, and let us not ignore His guidance. 

Tower of David

Your neck is like the tower of David,
    built for an arsenal,
whereon hang a thousand bucklers,
    all of them shields of warriors.
Song of Songs 4:4
A tower in its simplest idea is a fabric for defence against enemies. David, King of Israel, built for this purpose a notable tower; and as he is a figure or type of our Lord, so is his tower a figure denoting our Lord’s Virgin Mother.
She is called the Tower of David because she had so signally fulfilled the office of defending her Divine Son from the assaults of His foes. It is customary with those who are not Catholics to fancy that the honours we pay to her interfere with the supreme worship which we pay to Him; that in Catholic teaching she eclipses Him. But this is the very reverse of the truth.
For if Mary’s glory is so very great, how cannot His be greater still who is the Lord and God of Mary? He is infinitely above His Mother; and all that grace which filled her is but the overflowings and superfluities of His incomprehensible Sanctity. And history teaches us the same lesson. Look at the Protestant countries which threw off all devotion to her three centuries ago, under the notion that to put her from their thoughts would be exalting the praises of her Son. Has that consequence really followed from their profane conduct towards her? Just the reverse—the countries, Germany, Switzerland, England, which so acted, have in great measure ceased to worship Him, and have given up their belief in His Divinity while the Catholic Church, wherever she is to be found, adores Christ as true God and true Man, as firmly as ever she did; and strange indeed would it be, if it ever happened otherwise. Thus Mary is the “Tower of David.” —St. John Henry Cardinal Newman 

Mary, Tower of David, be our protection and strength.