Mary is a guide to be followed on our way to Christ. She is the star that guides us through stormy seas that threaten to overpower us.
“If the winds of temptation arise; If you are driven upon the rocks of tribulation look to the star, call on Mary; If you are tossed upon the waves of pride, of ambition, of envy, of rivalry, look to the star, call on Mary. Should anger, or avarice, or fleshly desire violently assail the frail vessel of your soul, look at the star, call upon Mary.” St. Bernard of Clairvaux
“This admirably befits the Virgin Mother.. (for) as the ray does not diminish the brightness of the star, so neither did the Child born of her tarnish the beauty of Mary’s virginity” St. Bernard of Clairvaux quoted in Doctor Mellifluus by Pope Pius XII
Mary, Star of the Sea is the patroness of the Catholic mission to seafarers, The Apostleship of the Sea. On July 10, 2010 the Apostleship of the Sea will celebrate Sea Sunday to remember those who live and work at sea.