There’s something about keeping it simple. Especially in this time of Advent, we tend to complicate things. Instead of this being a time of more, more, more, let it be a time of less. We turn back to the quote from last week “He must increase, I must decrease.”

During this season, let’s trim the fat, getting back down to the heart of it all – the gift of God’s only son for our salvation.

Let’s keep in mind another truth – Christ came into this world through the ‘yes’ of Mary. It was her faithfulness that won us the victory of Christ.

And, now, as we approach the celebration of Christ’s birth, let us again turn to Mary. As her yes literally gave birth to Christ, let our yes give birth to Christ within us.

Make a daily commitment to call on her, whether it’s the Hail Mary, the Memorare, the Miraculous Medal prayer, or another Marian devotion.

Let’s open our hearts to our Blessed Mother, praying for her intercession, calling on her for help. Let our yes be hers.

 

Be the Men,

Mark

 

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.

Amen.

 

The Miraculous Medal prayer

O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

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