I call this the secret of Mary because of how few people use our Lady’s motherly care to help them with bad thoughts. If we are honest, we have all had mean, disgusting and even impure thoughts. It’s our wounded, fallen nature. We don’t want them, but it can be hard to get rid of them sometimes.
Here is where our Blessed Mother comes in. Just give the thought to her. No need of fancy or long prayers…just, “Here, Mother.” It may not immediately take the thought away, but now you are not working on it on your own. And the wonderful thing is she NEVER gets tired of our coming to her. Her love is a share in God’s love and His love is unwearied, we can never come to Him too much. You may come to Mary 5 times in less than a minute with the same problem…no problem for her! Not only that, but you can never repulse her. Again, because she shares so deeply in God’s love, absolutely nothing can turn her away. She loves it when we show that kind of trust in her protection and help.
It helps to know, also, that when we fight against bad thoughts we can be helping someone else in their struggle. It has happened that a thought comes to me that is not even one of “my” thoughts…not one that I usually have. Then I think, “Someone somewhere needs help, Lord.”
So, don’t let thoughts get you down or discourage you…know the joy of going to our Blessed Mother. Spread the word so that it is no longer a secret!