Something that I have always struggled with in my spiritual life is a devotion to Mary. I’ve read about Mary, listened to talks about her, researched Church teaching, and on the one hand, ‘I get it.’ But, on the other, it just never clicked.
After being reminded again of the power and importance of the Rosary this weekend, I decided to re-consecrate myself to Mary, starting today. (My wife and I are doing 33 Days to Morning Glory, which if you start today, you will end on the feast of the Immaculate Conception. If you start on November 9th, you’ll finish on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I highly recommend you consider consecrating yourself to Mary as we approach the Advent Season and Christmas).
Yesterday, I read the introduction to 33 Days to Morning Glory, and for the first time really, Marian devotion started to click. Fr. Michael Gaitley explains it something like this:
God has a plan for salvation, and each of us have a role to play in that plan. Mary especially has a very unique and privileged role, that of Mother of God, who was chosen to conceive, bear, and nurture Jesus. That role didn’t die with Christ or cease when He ascended to Heaven. On the contrary, from the cross, Christ speaks to Mary: “Woman, behold your son” and to John, “Behold your mother.”
Christ gives us His mother, and I never really saw the meaning of that. But, it is within this context of her role in God’s plan that we see what that means. As Mary bore and nurtured Christ, her mission now is to give spiritual birth to Christians, nurturing them with grace, and helping them develop into children of God.
As Gaitley says – with her spouse, the Holy Spirit, she wants to make us Saints. That’s her mission. And, our task is to give her permission to fulfill that mission.
Be the Men,