Along the journey towards the greater, there are many small, daily steps to better understand oneself, God, and others. This is one of my “daily steps”.
In this season of #advent, I sometimes forget about Mary.
In the #gospels around the birth of Jesus, she is silent. It sometimes makes her fade into the background for me. However, having gone through the birth of three children, I am somewhat saddened by this. I was in a hospital with epidurals and lots of machines and people helping me along – she was in a STABLE. And still for me birth was not easy, so I can not imagine it was for her. I imagine that she was not as quiet as she seems because… it’s just not an easy task to bring a child, even God, into the world.
So today, I’m thinking about #marymotherofGod which is fitting because today the #catholic church celebrates her #ImmaculateConception (when she was conceived without original sin). And later this week, we celebrate the Feast of #OurLadyofGuadalupe. I love this feast because it reminds me that Mary has always taken care to appear to a community in the dress, culture, color of skin, and speaking the language native to the people she is appearing to. It reminds me to not forget about Mary – someone who has influenced so many things I hold dear including the #Jesuits. After all, #stignatiusofloyola laid down his sword in front of Mary as he started to change the world.
As we enter into a week dedicated to #peace, who do you need to remember this #Advent season to let peace rein in your heart?
My #prayer today is the #Memorare:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.⠀
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.⠀