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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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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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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