A Consecration Journey: from Fear to an Adventure of the Heart

A Consecration Journey: from Fear to an Adventure of the Heart

I was born into a parish named Our Lady of the Assumption.  My parents wisely saw it fitting to have me baptized when I was one-month old on the feast of Our Lady of the Assumption.  On that day, my earthly godfather stood next to my parents as I was baptized, and I imagine my godmother, who my parents selected to be the Virgin Mother, came from heaven to join the invisible miracle of me being adopted as the daughter of God. 

I wish I could say that from that moment on my life with Mary, the Mother of God, was special and amazing, but it was not.  As a child, I saw her image as Our Lady of Fatima in my Portuguese home.  Every night, I prayed a Portuguese Rosary with my parents, but many times it was a foreign language to me, and I just followed the chant without really praying the words or even understanding what I was doing. 

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