Why Mary? Why the Consecration? Why Now?

Why Mary?  Why the Consecration?  Why Now?

“The life of the Church in the Third Millennium will certainly not be lacking in new and surprising manifestations of “the feminine genius.” (St. John Paul II, “Letter to Women”)

If you are like me online or on social media, you regularly seek out Catholic resources for inspiration and renewal.  Right now, the resources available to Catholic women, by Catholic women, contain a contagious energy and spirit. 

Maybe you listen to the Abiding Together podcast. Maybe you read the Blessed Is She blog or their daily devotions, or maybe you’ve studied the resources of Endow Ministries.  Maybe you read the many inspirational books written by Catholic women.  Or maybe you are a member of The Daughters of Mary and are currently in the middle of the Discovering Our Dignity or Opening Your Heart Bible studies from Walking with Purpose.

In all these resources, women are being called to get their hearts, identities, and souls in order, because the Church needs us.  The Church-in-crisis, the wounded-Church, needs what women offer—what only women offer. 

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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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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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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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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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