From the editor

"Sedes Sapientiae," St. James Cathedral, Seattle. Photo: Kevin Birnbaum "Sedes Sapientiae," St. James Cathedral, Seattle. Photo: Kevin Birnbaum

I’ve been praying a lot of Hail Marys lately.

Whenever I get a prayer request — from family members, friends, colleagues, even strangers on Twitter — I’m making a point to pause and offer it to our Blessed Mother.

In the face of so much suffering, this simple practice takes the edge off my sense of helplessness. I know Mary will faithfully present all our petitions to her son Jesus, who is our hope.

And in this time of division in our country and our church, turning frequently to our Mother has been a powerful reminder of the unity of all the baptized: We are brothers and sisters, members of the one body of Christ.

As Pope Francis has written, in Mary we find consolation, freedom and sanctification. And it’s not hard.

“Mary our Mother does not need a flood of words,” the pope says. “All we need do is whisper, time and time again:

‘Hail Mary …’”

Will you pray with me?

Northwest Catholic – January/February 2021



Kevin Birnbaum

Kevin Birnbaum is the editor/associate publisher of Northwest Catholic and a member of Seattle’s Blessed Sacrament Parish. Contact him at [email protected].

Kevin Birnbaum es el editor de la revista Noroeste Católico/Northwest Catholic y miembro de la Parroquia del Sagrado Sacramento en Seattle. Pueden contactarle en: [email protected].