Blessed is She Who Believed
The memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
I will ask Mary to shape all Christian virtues in me by my daily prayer.
by Fr Timothy Mulcahey, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Mother Mary, Christ your Son learned to love from your loving example. Teach me to love in the same
way. Instruct me in the way of your virtues. Help me to make use of every opportunity to grow in
them. Never let me miss the opportunities life gives me to love and form myself in virtue. I always
want to love the way you love.
Mary, my Mother, help me be your faithful
child. Bring me to your son.
1. Not Everything Is Clear From the Outset:
Mary has a
mother’s heart that wants to love the loves of her Son. For Mary the road was not always clear.
There would be many trials and difficulties. Nevertheless, Mary is resolved to follow her Son. She
wants to follow him, understanding the mission. She cares for him in every way – even spiritually.
There were many surprises in store for her as Christ matured and prepared for his mission. She never
expected this one: losing her son for three days, at such an early age. Her son desired to be in his
Father’s house and prepare his work. He loved being there and was preparing for the day when he
would go out and actively do the work he had been sent to complete. Mary too was preparing for that
day and Christ helped her get ready.
2. She Stored All These Things Up In Her
It was hard for Mary to understand the full meaning of this moment. Being a woman of
prayer and contemplation, she stored all these things up in her heart where she could recall them,
reflect on them and compare them to other moments of her mission. What did all this mean? What did
it point to? God’s plan would only reveal itself with time and Mary would be ready for it. It was
not so much understanding that she needed but rather acceptance and fidelity to complete it. Mary
had a contemplative heart that sought to unite itself and identify itself to the mission of her Son.
She knew that she had a part to play in that mission and that she would need to prepare herself for
it through prayer.
3. Take Mary’s Hand:
We will never understand the purpose and
meaning of our life unless we pray and contemplate like Mary did. It takes time, patience and a
great deal of simplicity and trust. “Blessed is she that believed that the promises made to her
would be fulfilled!” exclaims her cousin Elizabeth after the annunciation by the angel Gabriel. We
are blessed when we can believe. It may take a long time to see the fulfillment of God’s designs in
our lives too. We need to be like Mary and follow through by faithfully walking the path that is
marked out for us. It can be a path that is not clear. We don’t need to know all of what lies ahead
– just where we need to walk. Mary identified with her Son’s mission with her whole heart. She
invites us to identify with it too. She will not fail to take you by the hand and lead you along
that unclear, difficult and unknown path.
Conversation with Christ:
Christ, when you had already given us everything – your life, your love, your Body and Blood in the
Eucharist – from the cross you gave us the gift of your Mother. I thank you for this great gift. I
want to be her faithful child. I want to imitate all her virtues, especially her faithfulness to you
up to and beyond the moment of the cross. Grant me the grace to accompany both you and your mother
at the foot of the cross. I want to follow you closely and perfectly as Mary did. I want to belong
only to you and do only your will.
I will ask Mary to shape all
Christian virtues in me by my daily prayer to her in the Rosary. I will also make a special visit to
her at one of her statues or images this week.
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