I haven’t always had a big devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary. Growing up, I knew who she was, and I prayed my Hail Mary’s, but that’s as far as my relationship went.
It wasn’t until Prayer and Life Workshops, the book “The Silence of Mary” by Father Ignacio Larrañaga, and finally this past weekend where we got to experience a whole retreat just talking about Mary. An experience that touched my heart in a personal way; all of this put together made me realize that Mary was just as human as you and me. She has the same feelings and emotions as we all do.
As lent is coming to an end this year, I want to wrap my head around this amazing women that said “yes”— no matter the cost. She said “yes” with complete trust and faith in God. She said “yes” because she trusted in His plan even though she had her own.
Mary was the woman who was with Jesus from the very first day of his existence, the one who educated him, and the one who took care of Him in good and bad times. She was there until the end, through his ministry, passion, death, and resurrection.
She has a vivid testimony of being there and seeing everything that was happening, knowing that He was a good man, knowing that He was her son and knowing He was also here for a mission, the biggest mission of all, which was to bring us closer to God’s heart. I can just imagine how much pain it was to see her son, but there she was at the feet of Jesus at the cross.
But the craziest thing for me to even try to comprehend is that Mary was there through it all without doubting her YES. And that for me is a huge message!!!
It’s telling me to not doubt God’s plan even if it’s all confusing and I don’t understand why it’s happening.
It’s telling me to be at His feet because there’s always hope within Him.
It’s telling me that if the mother of God’s son was there through it all and endured great pain and sorrow, there’s always going to be comfort.
It’s telling me to grab my cross and walk with it even if it feels like it’s too big for me.
It’s giving me a sense of calmness.
So, now as we are preparing to go into Holy Week, let’s do that… let’s be at the feet of Jesus just like Mary! Not to only comfort ourselves but to also comfort others, just like Mary did.
In a few words, our Blessed Mother Mary is a light in the darkness, the calm in a storm, and an example of grace. Now I know who Mary is in my heart and not just who she was in history. My relationship with her is personal.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Claudia Navichoque – Writer, unparalleled love