What will I say to the Just Judge when I die? The list of charges against me is a veritable mile long. My offenses are as scarlet as blood. Before so Holy a Judge, scarcely even can a just man be secure (1 Peter 4:18). After all, even the just man falls short (Proverbs 24:16).
What defense, then, do I have?
I can already hear the gavel banging. I can already hear the sentence being pronounced against me: "GUILTY!" I can already see the prison and the just punishments which I have merited for myself prepared and waiting for me.
What hope do I have?
But one: That Just Judge has become a creature and has entered into the process of generation. He took flesh and became man. He has a mother! And He is Supremely Just, Supremely Holy and Supremely Good. Having become a creature, He would never violate a moral law. And He has revealed to us a law which we should obey:
"Honour thy father and thy mother, which is the first commandment with a promise" (Ephesians 6:2).
That Supremely Just Judge became a creature. He became a man. He has a mother. And even after He died, He rose from the dead, and rising from the dead, He kept His human nature. The Just Judge is still united to a creature: He's still a man. He still has a mother.
Therefore, He must honor Her. Whatsoever She asks of Him, He may not deny to Her. He must obey Her.
And do we not have assurances of this very truth in the Scriptures?
Our Lord wanted to remain in the temple. But at the command of His Mother, He obediently went home with Her (Luke 2:48-51).
Our Lord did not think it fit to perform miracles at the wedding of Cana. But He did so at the insistence of Our Lady (John 2:1-10).
If He is obedient to His Mother in so trivial a matter as turning water into wine, and if Our Mother has concern for even so trivial matters...how much more so will Our Mother be for the salvation of our souls? How much more obedient must Christ be when Our Mother asks for our salvation?
If a soul were neck deep in his sins, and he already had one foot deep in Hell...what if Our Mother were to ask Jesus to yank him away from danger and bring him to safety? Would Our Lord refuse? Never! He must
honor His Mother.
"No one for whom Mary has once prayed will taste the sorrows of Hell." - St. Anselm
Nothing is more necessary for our salvation than that we should entrust ourselves to the Mother of God!
"Long before him, St. Ignatius the Martyr said this: No sinner can be saved except through your help and favor, O Virgin Mary; for those who would otherwise be damned through God's justice are shown mercy and are saved through your intercession" (same link as above).
If we do not have recourse to Our Blessed Mother, we only can approach God as Just Judge. And God must judge as we justly deserve. We necessarily must be consigned to death, everlasting punishment and Hell.
But thankfully, God became a man. He has a mother. And He must obey Her. He will refuse Her nothing that She asks of Him.
If you are to be saved, you must pray to the Mother of God and ask Her to intercede for you before Our Lord.
"Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother;
to you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer me.
Amen." (The Memorare prayer).
And one of the best ways to seek out her intercession is by praying the Rosary.
Remember: If She asks, even once, for Our Lord to save a soul...He won't