|OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS|
AUSTRALIA is often called the Lucky Country. Whatever about that generally, she is certainly lucky in having as her Patroness Our Lady Help of Christians whose Solemnity the Church celebrates to-day,
The lowly Jewish maiden
who caused all Heaven to hang breathless awaiting her response to the Annunciation by the Archangel Gabriel,
who,going in great charity to her cousin Saint Elizabeth who had conceived the Baptist in her old age , and greeted Mary "How is it, that the Mother of my Lord should come to me....?",
who simply asked her Divine Son to note the discomfiture of the newlyweds at Cana, and thus caused His first public miracle in response,
who was given to Saint John and thus to us as our Mother by her Divine Son as He was dying on the Cross,
who waited faithfully with the disciples as they awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit and was there as they gathered round her at the very birth of the Church on the first Pentecost which we celebrate this coming Sunday.
Yes this same glorious and immaculate Virgin is the Patroness of Australia - what a privilege we have!
Our Lady Help of Christians on this your great solemnity, pray for your charge the nation of Australia and her people . AMEN