Novena to Mary Help of Christians Day 3 (May 17)
(From Christus Vivit, Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation to young people and the entire people of God)
“We are always struck by the strength of the young Mary’s ‘yes’, the strength in those words, ‘be it done’, that she spoke to the angel. This was no merely passive or resigned acceptance, or a faint ‘yes’, as if to say, ‘Well, let’s give it a try and see what happens’. Mary did not know the words, ‘Let’s see what happens’. She was determined; she knew what was at stake and she said ‘yes’ without thinking twice. Hers was the ‘yes’ of someone prepared to be committed, someone willing to take a risk, ready to stake everything she had, with no more security than the certainty of knowing that she was the bearer of a promise. (44)
3 Hail Mary’s
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.