Mary words

“Mary’s motherhood is not some vague or abstract sort of thing.  It’s concrete and personal.  And even though it’s universal, it’s also intensely particular.  Mary is your mother.  She is my mother.  In this light, John Paul thinks it’s significant that Mary’s new motherhood on Calvary is expressed in the singular, ‘Behold, your son’ not ‘Behold, your billions of spiritual children.’  The Pope gets to the heart of it when he says, ‘Even when the same woman is the mother of many children, her personal relationship with each one of them is of the very essence of motherhood.’  In short: Mary is uniquely, particularly, personally your mother and my mother, and she doesn’t lose us in the crowd.”  (Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, 33 Days to Morning Glory)

The other book

The other book I’m reading at the moment that I would like to tell you about is 33 Days to Morning Glory, A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration.  This is a book for those of you who feel an inclination to entrusting your life more to the Mother of God, but get bogged down and discouraged by books that outline long lists of prayers and readings in preparation for a consecration to Mary.  In this book, Fr. Michael E. Gaitley leads the reader in 33 days of simple readings based on the writings of Louis deMontfort, Maximilian Kolbe, Mother Teresa, and Bl. John Paul II.  This is very manageable, instructive, and inspiring.  Fr. Gaitley, as in his previous book, Consoling the Heart of Jesus, reaches out to and writes for the simple souls out there.  I am one of those, and I greatly appreciate this book.  I think many of you would as well.

“His answer changed my life.”

As some of you know, I recently gave a talk at Witnesses to Hope on undoing the sin of Eve by deciding to trust in God’s goodness.  At the end of the talk I shared about what the Lord had been teaching me about the importance of thanking Him in all circumstances.  This morning I was reading from Consoling the Heart of Jesus, a Do-It-Yourself Retreat by Fr. Michael Gaitley.  Fr. Michael was describing a conversation he had had with an older priest about trusting in Jesus.  I was so encouraged to read this conclusion to the conversation:

[The older priest asked:] “And how do you live trust?  What’s its concrete expression in your daily living?”

I was stumped, “I don’t know.”

His answer changed my life: “The way you live trust is by praise and thanksgiving, to praise and thank God in all things.  That’s what the Lord said to St. Faustina.”

“The way you live trust is by praise and thanksgiving, to praise and thank God in all things.”  May we allow that answer to change our lives as well.  I thank God for each of you . . . .