Pondering Mary, Mother of God

Pondering Mary, Mother of God

On January 1st of each year, the Church celebrates Mary as Mother of God.  What is provocative about this feast day is our belief that Mary is not only mother of Jesus the man, but also of His divine nature, for his humanity and divinity are inseparable.  The Father gave Christ to humanity—in human form—through Mary.  What we celebrate today is that within Mary’s physical body, divinity and humanity merge into one. 

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Prayer Journal: Grasping for My Mother's Hand

Prayer Journal: Grasping for My Mother's Hand

Years ago, a priest wisely told me, “Hold on to Mary’s hand. She will lead you as a wife and mother.”

Did I listen to these words? Did I clutch Mary tightly and lean on her?

NOPE!

Since then I have made baby steps towards growing in my faith. I’ve started to feel a deep calling from God. I have finally figured out that I need this woman - because I am struggling. I am struggling in my vocation. I am struggling with parenting. I am struggling with my faults, my sinfulness, and my inability to measure up to my own perception of who I should be.

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Ordinary and Chosen

Ordinary and Chosen

Have you ever had one of those moments where a priest gives a homily, or a speaker delivers a talk, and you feel like the speaker is talking directly to you? I attended a conference last year where Christine Simpson spoke, and something she said spoke to my heart—no, it penetrated my soul. 

Ordinary—she spoke about being ordinary.

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Mary and Our Children - Her Children

Mary and Our Children - Her Children

Prior to dying on the cross, Jesus gave Mary to us to be our Heavenly Mother: 

"Woman, behold, your son... Behold, your mother." (John 19: 26-27 NAB)  

This means her mission and desire are to get each of us closer to her Son—and ultimately to Heaven.  In True Devotion to Mary, St. Louis de Montfort said that Mary is "the surest, easiest, shortest, and the most perfect means" to becoming a saint.  This doesn't only apply to us adults, but also to our children.

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The Fiat of the Wedding of Cana

The Fiat of the Wedding of Cana

And Jesus said to her, “Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.” (John 2:4 NAB) 

I have consecrated myself to the Blessed Virgin Mary on several occasions. I needed to do this. I wanted to do this. And yet, I have constantly struggled with this consecration, with this connection.

We have so little information, so few details about Mary, and it is often difficult for me to understand her at all. I would read the glimpse into her life in Luke’s Gospel—the angel Gabriel appearing as a divine messenger to this young woman, almost a child in my eyes. He asks if she would do the will of God and bear the Son of Man. And I wonder, was she for real?

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Prayer Journal: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

Prayer Journal: The Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary

I bless myself, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  I recite the Apostles’ Creed, declaring my beliefs.  I begin my journey into Jesus’ passion. 

The 1st Sorrowful Mystery: Jesus prays in the garden of Gethsemane

Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . and I see myself in the garden.  The night is cool on my skin and only the light of the moon allows me to see Him.  He is on his hands and knees suffering and praying.  My heart breaks, and I find myself before Him. 

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Rediscovering the Angelus

Rediscovering the Angelus

When I was in Kindergarten, my teacher was Sister Angela. She had copper-colored hair that peeked out from beneath her veil and intense black eyes that sometimes hid her gentle nature. She always called the children by their full names, and she would not let us color with a black crayon because “it’s a sad color.” 

However, the strongest memory I have of Sister Angela is that she taught a roomful of five-year-olds how to pray the Angelus.

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Overshadowed

Overshadowed

One day as I sat in a Ugandan taxi with my team of missionaries, one of them asked:  “If you could have one super-power, what would it be?” I eagerly listened to the group list off powers, which included telepathy, flight, telekinesis, and a variety of others. I was the first and only one to say “invisibility.” Yes, if I could choose to have any super-power in this fantasy Marvel world we were creating, I want to be invisible.

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Prayer Journal: The Woman in the Mirror

Prayer Journal: The Woman in the Mirror

I often think of our Mother in heaven as the most beautiful woman, with light all around her, her hands folded in prayer, and a peaceful smile across her face.  Although this image I have might be accurate, I cannot relate to it as I stare at my own image in the mirror.  How can I aspire to look like a statue in a church?  I cannot.

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Pondering "Striving vs. Abiding."

Pondering "Striving vs. Abiding."

On a recent episode of the podcast Abiding Together titled “Striving vs. Abiding,” the three hosts discuss Jesus’ invitation to his disciples to abide in his love.  The hosts contrast “abiding”—which means to dwell or to remain stable and rooted in the Lord—with “striving”—which implies the struggle or opposition that arises out of anxiety, perfectionism, or the need for control. 

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Welcome to The Daughters of Mary

Welcome to The Daughters of Mary

Our community sprang to life in 2014.  Initially, the group consisted of a few women in central California coming together monthly to discuss spiritual reading.  That small group blossomed into over seventy women gathering to make a consecration to Jesus through Mary using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  On May 31, 2015, the Feast of The Visitation, women of different ages and seasons of life, all dressed in blue to honor Our Lady, surrounded the altar of a local church and recited their consecration prayer.  The Daughters of Mary was born.

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