By: Kathleen Aparo
And then there is Mary…….
This journey of faith cannot be taken without looking at Jesus’ mother, Mary. Why?
Because every strength we need, all the courage we need, the faith we need, shines through her life. She said “yes” to an angel and didn’t ask anyone to help her make that decision. She had courage. She courageously told her parents what the angel asked of her, risking their questions and disbelief. She had strength. She told Joseph her story, knowing he would find it hard to believe and may, in his sorrow and anger, leave her. She had faith. And because she is so loved by our God, he gives her a direct line to us.
Ask her to guide you, to strengthen you, to fill your faith jar up to the brim.
“Hair Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with Thee.” (the angel’s greeting) Lk. 1:28
“Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.” (Elizabeth to Mary at her Visitation,) Lk.1:42
Holy Mary mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, Amen. (the church’s reflection on Mary’s intercessory role as the Mother of God)
Repeat, repeat, repeat for peace of mind.