Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Holy Mary, Mother of God

How blessed we are to have Mary as our Mother! Too often though we are unable to explain her role, or even understand the mysteries of the faith surrounding Our Blessed Mother and her Son. Her role, example and intercession is nothing to ignore. Her very "yes" to God ushered in our opportunities to say yes to God too. St. Louis de Montfort wrote wonderfully about how she is the best and surest way for us to go to Christ, not only in prayer, but also in our every action and thought.  By not being informed about what the Holy Spirit offers to us through her, we miss grace-filled opportunities of growth. Therefore I encourage you, to do three things this year to learn more and get closer to Christ through Mary:

First consider doing the online Course by Catechism Class on Mariology. It is only $15 and is entirely online, great for iPad use. A group of us have been studying their Prayer series and have enjoyed it so far. Very simple and informative. 

Second, I suggest you get the free consecration book for yourself. Read the beginning and commit to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary using this guide. In a nutshell it is a formal renewal of your Baptismal promises, and this time you take Mary as your mother. This guide is based upon St. Louis de Montfort's consecration preparation suggestions and is the reason why Pope John Paul II took the title, "Touts Tuus." All yours. There are videos on the website about consecration. Just click on resources on their webpage, and scroll to videos.

Thirdly, wear your brown scapular as a sign of your consecration, but also as a reminder that you want Our Blessed Mother's constant protection and her to clothe you with virtue. We are not without a great helper in our struggles. Mary is always at the foot of the cross. she is always with her children. Accept her from your heart and soul as your Mother. Ask her for constant help. There is no surer way to grow closer to Christ.

Mary, Mother of God, pray for us,
 that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

1 comment:

ClassicBecky said...

Lovely article about the Blessed Mother, Susan, and three excellent suggestions. I feel a close kinship with Mary, as do most Catholic women I suspect. She was a human woman just like us, well almost like us -- she was without sin. But her life experiences as a woman and mother were like ours, and I feel I can talk to her. She is both Mother and sister to all of us. Thanks for your heartfelt reminder to us of the importance of Mary in our lives.