Our Lady of Holy Hope
The condition of our economic situation brings us to a new temptation, the spirit of hopelessness. There is a prevalent feeling of powerlessness. Families are falling apart. Parents are losing control of their children. Children are falling in despair. Society seems to be plunging into sin and abominations.
Hopelessness leads to fear. Fear is “False” “Evidence” “Appearing” “Real”. Fear paralyzes us. We either become immobile to our despair or we decide to do drastic measures to our perceived fear. In the process, we hurt our Lord for our lack of trust in His provision.
Our Blessed Mother can teach us to sustain the grace of hope. Jesus said, “Be not afraid.”
What does the Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1887) says about hope?
“Hope is the theological virtue by which we desire the kingdom of heaven and eternal life as our happiness, placing our trust in Christ’s promises and relying not on our own strength, but on the help of the Holy Spirit.”
We forget that our life on earth is a journey to heaven. In the process, we get so distracted with providing for our families, getting our chores done, running after one schedule to another, making ends meet. We indulged in the stress of the present moment. We get frustrated with our spouse. We feel our inadequacies in raising our children. There is no peace in family life. We look around and everyone is suffering from various trials and mishap.
We need to pray for the grace of hope, for it is the hook to heaven. Like the ancient symbol of an anchor, trials are nothing when our eyes are set on heaven. Suffering becomes a discerning moment, to allow us to reflect on our sins and how we have offended God so we can offer up our tribulations as a repentance for our sins.
Our Blessed Mother is the example of holy hope. Our Heavenly Father needed her FIAT, her obedience to His will, so that our redemption through Jesus Christ will take place. In Calvary, she carried the virtue of hope and relied on the promises of God even if the circumstances at the foot of the cross did not appear to look so good.
Her son is on the cross, shamed by His people, put to death. Yet, she persevered in hope, surrendering what she wanted as a mother to do God’s will.
Our Lady of Hope Hope is depicted carrying the Infant Jesus, who is carrying a cross. Mary’s hand is at the bottom of the cross, as if supporting it. Our Blessed Mother is presenting her Divine Son and the Cross. Both the Infant Jesus and Mary are touching the cross. It is to signify that we are not alone in carrying our cross. Jesus and Mary are both holding it for us.
Most often times, when we accept our cross, we do not see that Jesus is actually blessing us. This tells us that the hands of our Lord, as He allows suffering in our lives, is blessed if we unite it to Him and His Blessed Mother. We must see the “holy hands” of both Jesus and Mary in our crosses. To separate their HOLY HANDS in our cross is to lose hope. Likewise, to hope in their guiding Holy Hands in our trials can do wonders to bring us out of despair.
Our Blessed Mother is teaching us that the hope that we need is in the cross. We can stop evil through the cross. This is the reason that the cross is a powerful spiritual weapon in spiritual battles.
At the foot of the cross, Mary models the spirit of compassion not only for Her Son, but also for those who will follow the journey to heaven.
Our Lady of Holy Hope teaches as to pray, to have hope that God will answers our prayers and to know the God will answer our prayers because Jesus is moved by compassion.
O Mary, help us your children to be men and women of hope! Help us remember that imperishable inheritance being kept for us in heaven. Help us remember that if we suffer with Christ here on earth, we will also one day be glorified with Him in heaven. O Mary, Mother of Divine Hope, keep this joy set before us, so that we can faithfully carry our cross with Christ, and bring many souls with us to heaven. Amen.
Our Lady of Hope is the Patroness of the Cross of St. Benedict Ministry
Before Patrick received a prophecy and healing through Damian Stayne, he was went to Stayne’s workshop anxious on how he would sell all the 60 crosses that he brought at his van’s trunk.
Day 2 into the workshop, Patrick had no slightest clue on how he can let the other participants know about the Cross. He prayed in his heart noticing the beautiful picture of Our Lady behind the speaker. The Blessed Mother, portrayed carrying the Infant Jesus and Jesus was holding the cross.
Interiorly, Patrick knew that the Blessed Mother was telling him, “Do not worry, My Son and I will present the cross for you.”
Patrick had no idea how this will develop.
In the evening hours, the scheduled Healing Service by Damian Stayne begun. He called out a man associated with “Batman and George”. He urged this man to walk to the altar to receive healing. Patrick knew in his heart that our Lord, through Damian was talking to him. But, he waited until the last hour of the night to approach Damian Stayne.
When he did, Mr. Stayne prayed over him for healing and gave him a prophecy.
Interestingly, on the third day, Damian Stayne called him and his wife in front of the participants to explain to the audience about how Patrick is associated with Batman. An article by Amber Mellon, Correspondent of the Catholics News Herald, covered the story in their Diocese. Read “Woodworker Uses Gifts to Make Crosses, Encourage Families article published at Catholic News Herald.
After the couple’s quick testimony, all his crosses sold out.
After several months, one of Patrick’s tools stopped working. Since he cannot afford to buy a new one, he and his wife scouted the thrift shops looking for this tool. Instead, his wife Joy found a styrofoam box with the Blessed Mother inside it. There was a Certificate of Authenticity enclosed in the box, it read “Our Lady of Hope”.
When they went home, they wanted to get more information on Our Lady of Hope. Upon research, gasping in surprise, they discovered that the statue was not just Our Lady of Hope, she was also the Lady of HOLY Hope and also known as the Madonna of the Cross.
Interestingly, it was also the image of the Blessed Mother during the conference where Patrick got the prophecy.
After this revelation, Patrick went to the garage and his tool miraculously got fixed.
Clearly, Our Lady wanted to be the patroness of the Cross of St. Benedict Ministry. Our Lord allowed the tool to be broken so we can be led to the next chapter in the story of His Provision.
Patrick and Joy have been using her novena of Hope, pleading for her intercession in all their talks and workshops.