Mary, Mother of the Church: Weep for Us

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“Mary, Mother of the Church: Weep for Us” Painting by: Ronald Raab, CSC

My heart is very heavy this week in light of the new sex crimes of my brother priests. and the continuing cover ups from bishops and leaders.  I do not know where to turn except to Mary, Mother of the Church. I share this litany of prayer and you may want to continue this prayer with your own requests and questions. I painted this image of Mary, Mother of the Church this afternoon. 

 

Mary, weep for us who were abused.

Mary, weep for us who covered up crimes.

Mary, weep for us who believe power is more important than people.

Mary, weep for us who struggle to stay within the Church.

Mary, weep for us who want to hold on to false power.

Mary, weep for us who have lost hope in the Eucharist.

Mary, weep for us who have yet to listen to your Magnificat.

Mary, weep for us who have yet to listen to the poor and hungry.

Mary, weep for us who will not let go of privilege.

Mary, weep for us who do not know what to tell our children.

Mary, weep for us who are priests at the altar of God.

Mary, weep for us who are frustrated and fearful of institutions.

Mary, weep for us who think we have all the answers.

Mary, weep for us who do not even know what questions to ask.

Mary, weep for us who want to love your Son.

Mary, weep for us because trust in your Church is far from home.

Mary, weep for us who question whether the Eucharist is worth our time.

Mary, weep for us when we have lost our way.

Mary, weep for us in this valley of tears.

Mary, weep for us when our way is exploitive.

Mary, weep for us who struggle with the truth.

Mary, weep for us who fall under the burden of leadership.

Mary, weep for our leaders who cannot face their crimes.

Mary, weep for the parents of our abandoned children.

Mary, weep for us when our emotions are raw.

Mary, weep for us when we are exasperated.

Mary, weep for us when scandal fills our Church.

Mary, weep for us when we cannot bear the sorrow.

Mary, weep for us when we lose hope in Jesus’ presence.

Mary, weep for us when hatred overwhelms our future.

Mary, weep for us who struggle to live simple and beautiful lives.

Mary, weep for us who are poor in spirit.

Mary, weep for us who live in the swirl of constant bitterness.

Mary, weep for us who desire healthy sexuality in the Church.

Mary, weep for us who will never heal from sexual abuse.

Mary, weep for us who cannot admit our crimes.

Mary, weep for us who are threatened by the truth.

Mary, weep for us who run toward your Son, Jesus.

Mary, weep for us who have given up on prayer.

Mary, weep for us who ache to be forgiven.

Mary, weep for us who live in sex addiction.

Mary, weep for us who live in sin and division.

Mary, weep for us when our hearts are broken.

Mary, weep for us as we carry the burden of healing.

Mary, weep for us when our eyes are full of tears.

Mary, weep for us when we are bent low.

Mary, weep for us when we have no place to turn.

Mary, weep for us when we are crushed with dread.

Mary, weep for us who have been sexually assaulted by priests.

Mary, weep for us who are too numb to pray.

Mary, weep for us and open your arms to embrace us all.

Mary, weep for us and offer us love.

 

11 thoughts on “Mary, Mother of the Church: Weep for Us

  1. Thank you for Fr. Ron for addressing this very painful and damaging topic. Your lovely prayer of weeping Mother Mary shows us a path forward together. We pause to ask God to strengthen all his holy priests and religious men and women. May we comfort you as you lovingly shepherd us.

  2. Thank you for responding to this crisis in such a meaningful way. To ask for Mary’s help, is beautiful and comforting. I will continue to pray for you and the Church as we all navigate our way through these difficult times. Thanks again for being the person you are and the guidance you continue to give us. God bless you.

  3. As all the others who commented: Thank you. I feel the same. May God continue to bless You and all his holy Men and women.

  4. Thank you Father Ron for this response, both the painting and the prayer. I think it may be the most open-hearted and honest response I have read from any leader in the Church. I left active church membership a long time ago, feeling unwanted and unloved by my fellow Catholics unless I was willing to lie about my truth to keep a false peace (not just my abuse at the hands of my own father, but also other aspects of my experience). However, this summer I have been feeling a call to come back and stand firm for the unmet potential and existing blessings of the Mother Church that I still love, despite and because of all we flawed humans who embody her. Your prayer here felt like a gift, and helped me to feel more at home with this growing and tumultous call. Thank you so very much.

  5. Thank you, Fr. Ron for this beautiful and profound litany reflection. On this, Our Lady’s Feast Day, it is especially welcome as she reveals the heart of her Son to us all ever more deeply in His total gift of Himself to us all. Praying that we can catch just a glimpse of her great love for us, her children, as she protects us from all evil and carries us under her mantle in her heart to Him.

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