Mary’s Meeting #1
Ave Maria! I pray you are all well as we begin this beautiful month of July. With all that rain in June, I believe God will bless us with many sunny days these upcoming weeks. Enough with the weather, we’re on to how Seamus, the intern seminarian, got assigned to a weekly bulletin article. I was attending another wonderful weekly staff meeting when all of a sudden someone brought up the topic of bulletin articles. I saw index fingers go to the noses and was too slow to the punch. Yes, the famous Nose Goes to settle who would write the next 6 bulletin articles. Well, it all seems fair. The staff deserves a summer vacation too. Right kids? Help me Blessed Mother to not write anything too boring!
Ah, this is a perfect transition as to what I’ll write about next. Our Lady! Yes, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the essence of Marian Consecration will be our topic of discussion for today. What is it? “Marian Consecration basically means giving Mary our full permission (or as much permission as we can) to complete her motherly task in us, which is to form us into other Christs” (33 Days to Morning Glory, Intro pg.26). An even shorter way to say this is to let Mary mold us into saints. We may ask ourselves is it really possible for me to be a saint? YES! This is God’s desire for you. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4:13). Jesus wants us to be made perfect and sanctified. He has modeled a beautiful way for us to imitate—go to Mary.
As you may know, there is a group of parishioners going through a preparation for Marian Consecration. We are holding a weekly Mary Meeting every Tuesday at 630PM. It ends at 730PM. I invite you all to come and join! It does not matter if you missed the first meeting or any meeting. Come any Tuesday you can. This brief Marian weekly blurb will give a cliff notes version of the teaching we learned and the testimony we heard. Two things: teaching and testimony. I have already shared the teaching, and so it is time for the testimony. I shared last week two ways Marian Consecration has helped me in my spiritual life. First, Mary helps me pray with a pondering heart. She has taught me that I don’t have to figure out God’s ways, but to humbly accept them. Secondly, Mary is my Mother who protects the precious gifts of grace I have received from God. She helps me remember all God has done for me throughout my life and this teaches me to have a grateful heart. I asked Tammy, our diligent and delightful Bulletin advisor, what the word count is. She said nothing over 500. Well, I better respect that and not go over. I don’t want to get fired the first week. Ave Maria!
In the Immaculata,