Because of our permissive society and many broken homes, the young people today often find themselves lost in the quagmire of drugs, alcoholism, immorality, warring fraternities, exploitive radicalism, juvenile delinquency, atheism, depersonalization and despair.
The Mary Help of Christians Crusade is a movement born of the youth's terrific thirst for true freedom, peace and joy - aspirations, which only Jesus Christ, our friend and Savior could give.
Aware of their distinction from the clergy in the mission of the Church, the MHCC generously respond to the appeal of the WORD OF GOD and TRADITIONS of "seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteousness." and to live the great commandment of LOVE exemplified by the Trinity and the First Christian community at Jerusalem.
While living the lifestyle of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the most perfect Christian, the MHCC will share their life experience to their fellow youth who are enmeshed in a world of DRUGS, IMPURITY, REBELLION and DESPAIR.
It is for this reason that the MHCC was inspired, by Mary, to be established.
The story of Gideon relates the saving power of God. Their survival depended on loyalty to God, but even when the nation was disloyal to God and disaster came, God was always ready to save His people when they repented and turned to Him again.
In the story of Gideon, the saving power of God was manifested not in quantity but in the quality of His chosen army.
Then Jerubbaal (that is, Gideon) and all the people who were with him rose early and encamped beside the spring of Harod; and the camp of Midian was north of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.
The LORD said to Gideon, "The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, 'My own hand has delivered me.' Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return home.'" And Gideon tested them; twenty-two thousand returned, and en thousand remained.
And the LORD said to Gideon, "The people are still too many; take them down to the water and I will test them for you there; and he of whom I say to you, 'This man shall go with you,' shall go with you; and any of whom I say to you, 'This man shall not go with you,' shall not go." So he brought the people down to the water; and the LORD said to Gideon, "Every one that laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself; likewise every one that kneels down to drink." And the number of those that lapped, putting their hands to their mouths, was three hundred men; but all the rest of the people knelt down to drink water. And the LORD said to Gideon, "With the three hundred men that lapped I will deliver you, and give the Midianites into your hand; and let all the others go every man to his home." So he took the jars of the people from their hands, and their trumpets; and he sent all the rest of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the three hundred men; and the camp of Midian was below him in the valley.
That same night the LORD said to him, "Arise, go down against the camp; for I have given it into your hand. But if you fear to go down, go down to the camp with Purah your servant; and you shall hear what they say, and afterward your hands shall be strengthened to go down against the camp." Then he went down with Purah his servant to the outposts of the armed men that were in the camp. And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the people of the East lay along the valley like locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand which is upon the seashore for multitude. When Gideon came, behold, a man was telling a dream to his comrade; and he said, "Behold, I dreamed a dream; and lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came to the tent, and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat."
And his comrade answered, "This is no other than the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel; into his hand God has given Midian and all the host."
When Gideon heard the telling of the dream and its interpretation, he worshiped; and he returned to the camp of Israel, and said, "Arise; for the LORD has given the host of Midian into your hand." And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and put trumpets into the hands of all of them and empty jars, with torches inside the jars. And he said to them, "Look at me, and do likewise; when I come to the outskirts of the camp, do as I do. When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then blow the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and shout, 'For the LORD and for Gideon.'"
So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outskirts of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, when they had just set the watch; and they blew the trumpets and smashed the jars that were in their hands. And the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the jars, holding in their left hands the torches, and in their right hands the trumpets to blow; and they cried, "A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!" They stood every man in his place round about the camp, and all the army ran; they cried out and fled. When they blew the three hundred trumpets, the LORD set every man's sword against his fellow and against all the army; and the army fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.
Taken from the Revised Standard Version of the Holy Bible×
Like even before, God would call and send quality leaders for battle. This time, He is sending His Mother who would train the army and hand them extraordinary weapons to execute a victorious plan of action.
MHCC processing the image of Our Lady of Fatima in the streets of Cork, Ireland
MHCC carrying the image of Mary Help of Christians at the World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain
To enable the young people to commit themselves to Christ through Mary and to establish fellowship among them similar to the first Christian Community of Jerusalem.
To foster true devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, by entrusting themselves to her and imitating her examples and virtues.
To consecrate themselves to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary with the mission of saving young souls, especially in their respective schools and parishes.
Young men and women who are personally convinced and are willing to cooperate with others to attain the objectives of the crusade are invited to join and share their experiences to their fellow youth.
Young people who desire to join the MHCC are given a time of intensive orientation and training. On an appointed feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, those who desire to commit themselves to Jesus and Mary, will be officially inducted.
Membership requires a continuous formation in spirituality. No one can give what he does not have. We cannot expect prospects to join us unless they see in us, redeemed or converted Christians. This is only possible when we are formed.
Before one becomes an apostle to preach the Good News to the ends of the earth, it is understood that the member must first be well-formed in spirituality!
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