Of course, the Blessed Virgin Mary has a big role in one’s return to God.
As the sorrowful Mother of God (whom we offend in sin) and as our very own merciful Mother, Mary wants us to be reconciled with her Son regardless how much we have sinned.
None of us would dream of watching our loved ones writhe in pain in their last hours on earth. But look at our Lady: she was there in Calvary watching her Son suffer the most painful death, all for the sake of our Redemption. That’s how much Mary loves us — as her own children, united to the love that Jesus has for us.
So next time you go to Confession, call on her too. She will help in haste. She is the Mother who washes and dresses our wounds — she gives first aid, in a sense — before she brings us to the Doctor. She tells us hush, Jesus will be gentle, he has always been gentle. Hush.
I get that warm fuzzy feeling, imagining our Mother Mary smiling proudly, seeing her sons and daughters reunited to God in Confession.