It is appropriate that on the first day of the year we honor the woman who brought the Alpha-Omega to us. It has ever been the glory of the Catholic Church that we venerate the Mother of God. From His Cross, Christ told the the Apostle John to look at Mary and behold his Mother, an indication that he was entrusting all of mankind into the maternal care of His mother. Throughout the ages Mary has ever been vigilant to continue to make visits to her children, visits that we celebrate at Tepeyac, Lourdes and Fatima, to name only a few of hundreds. God recognizes how precious to us are our Earthly mothers, and he deigns to share His mother with us. We see in God’s love for Mary a glorious reflection of the love He has for each of us.
In dangers, in doubts, in difficulties, think of Mary, call upon Mary. Let not her name depart from your lips, never suffer it to leave your heart. And that you may more surely obtain the assistance of her prayer, neglect not to walk in her footsteps. With her for (your) guide, you shall never go astray; while invoking her, you shall never lose heart; So long as she is in your mind, you are safe from deception; while she holds your hand, you cannot fall; under her protection you have nothing to fear; if she walks before you, you shall not grow weary; if she shows you favor, you shall reach the goal.
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux