As we enter the month of May when Catholics traditionally give special honor to Our Lady, I want to tell you about how I finally (in my late ’50s) came to understand what intercession is all about.
I got a phone call one morning telling me that a member of my community was seriously ill in the hospital. I rushed to his bedside and there found his mother (a retired nurse) and his father (a retired surgeon) at his bedside. As we waited for my friend to go into surgery, his mother explained to me that her son (who had been staying with his parents) was so sick by 4:00 in the morning that they had to bring him to the hospital.
His mother said, “I was so worried. I wanted to talk to an expert and I knew Dr. XX was the man to talk to. But it was 4:00a.m. and I knew he wouldn’t answer his phone… so I called his mother and asked her to have him phone me because I knew he’d answer her call. And he did. And he got back to me at once!”
And, all of a sudden, I understood why it is good to pray to Our Lady and the Saints to intercede for us…