June 20th Saint of the Day: Blessed Virgin Mary Consolatrix
Consoler of the Afflicted, this is the title attributed to Mary, mother of Jesus, since the early days of Christianity
But where does this “consoling nature” of Mary come from?
The title in question, as the name itself suggests, wants to highlight the human side of the Madonna and therefore her ability to feel pain when her Son is crucified.
That same Son who on his deathbed gave her her consolation, precisely, giving birth to the appellation of Madonna Consolata.
In fact, Jesus himself said “come to me, you who are weary and oppressed” and in another passage he reiterated the concept by saying “blessed are the afflicted”.
Because the afflicted, yesterday as today, represent a multitude of outcasts in need of everything: healing if ill, consideration if set aside, relief if afflicted by torment, liberation if oppressed.
These outcasts can be consoled by the Lord, who became incarnate through Mary and was able to proclaim the kingdom of God to the world.
In this climate of pain and affliction, Jesus is the primary source of all consolation.
In Matthew 11:28, we read: “Come to me you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”.
Why is Mary the best consoler?
And if there is one person who has accepted to suffer and who has welcomed the affliction to herself, that is precisely Maria, the Maria “Consolata” who is remembered on 20 June.
In fact, it is no coincidence that a well-known prayer recites: “To you we sigh, moan and cry in this valley of tears”.
Because she is the most authentic representative of the afflicted who need to be consoled by Christ!
She is the testimony of how Jesus can go to meet the afflicted, heartening them and giving them back the strength to face the many hardships of life!
The figure of the Madonna Consolatrice is remembered in particular by the city of Turin, as the Savoys have always shown a certain devotion to Mary and to this specific declination of her.