Composed by the Most Reverend Robert J. Dwyer, D.D. (1908-1976), then Bishop of Reno, for the 33rd national convention of the National Council of Catholic Women, one of the organizations that helped found MCCW in the 1950s.
Lord of heavenly wisdom, Who has given us your own Mother Mary to be our guide and Counselor in this our lives, Grant that in all things we may have the grace to seek maternal instruction and to profit by it in humility and love. O Mother of Good Counsel, Patroness of the Military Council of Catholic Women, help us to understand and fulfill the mind and will of your Divine Son, Jesus Christ.
Under the blessing of the Father, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, may we be responsible and intelligent daughters of the Church. May we labor in the spirit of renewal to realize more perfectly the Kingdom of God here below, as the only true preparation for our share in the Kingdom of Heaven.
Mary, under the title Our Lady of Good Counsel, is the Patroness of MCCW. In all our work, MCCW leaders look to the Mother of God for guidance and a better understanding of her Son’s will for our lives and our ministry.
In this image, the figures represent Mother and Child after returning from the temple where Mary heard the sad prophecy of Simeon. Mary’s eyes are half-veiled as though she were lost in contemplation, taking counsel with her God. The little Child does not return the gaze of the beholder, as happens in so many pictures; instead, He draws our eyes upward to Mary as if to tell us to look for Counsel there, in the very Seat of Wisdom. If Our Blessed Mother is willing to ask her Son to work miracles to let us know of her motherly concern, Our Lady of Good Counsel is undoubtedly ready to speak words of advice and instruction to help us over the hurdles of our daily lives.
Our Lady of Good Counsel, pray for us.
The feast day for Our Lady of Good Counsel is April 26th. We invite you to pray the novena with us starting April 17. However, this prayer can be started anytime and for any reason. Our Lady of Good Counsel is always watching over and interceding on our behalf.