The following comes from Zenit:
Padre Pio said that "The Madonna is the shortcut to get to God."
There is no doubt that in order to see the face of Jesus, we must turn to His Mother, and it is to Her who we look to heal our diseases, to turn our tears into prayer. To Her, we offer our suffering and concern for the salvation of souls , our loneliness so that it becomes contemplation, and our fears to turn into hope.
We are confident, as written by St. Bernard of Clairvaux in his prayer, Memorare, that never was it known that anyone who fled to Mary's protection, implored her help, or sought her intercession was left unaided.
We wish you, dear readers, your families, your friends, and your loved ones a Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception.