Galatians 6:2

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

For as long as the Church has been in existence she has prayed and sought the prayers of her members, especially those of our Mother Mary.  Today’s verse explains why in a nutshell.  The honor, glory, and duty of the Body of Christ is to be like Christ.  And Christ is, supremely, the Burden-Bearer.  Therefore, those like Him are given strong backs by His Spirit to bear the weight of the members of the Body.  Mary’s back, like that of so many glorious peasant women, is very, very strong with the grace of God.  So we turn to her and ask her to pray for us as we ask each other to pray.  Mother Mary, pray for us!

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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