Saturday, August 23, 2014

Mary Queen Of The Rosary....Pray For Us

Growing up....I witnessed my mom having a great devotion to Our Lady .  She was faithful to the rosary.  She took (dragged) me to novena's.  She didn't talk a lot about Mary but I knew Mary was in her heart by observing her.  I didn't have a devotion to Our Lady like my mother.  I thought...I had the "ins" with Mary through my mother!
Fast forward many years to now.
At the end of my mom's life when she was in the hospital...I would visit the hospital chapel and pray ten Hail Mary's.  It's all I could do since I didn't know how to pray the rosary.  After my mom passed away...I started to pray the rosary.  Praying it has given me peace and has brought me closer to Jesus.  It feels right.  
After my mom passed... I asked Mary to be my mother.  That too felt right.  Now...I look to her for guidance.  My youngest went off to college and I'm confronted with a quiet empty house.  I think of Mary when her Son left to start his public ministry.  How quiet her home must have been.  Can you imagine the loneliness she must  have felt...the Son of God leaving her....the most perfect Son?  Can you imagine the things the Son of God had taught her?  He was the most perfect loving child.  He loved her the most over any human being.  How alone she must have felt.
She always accepted the will of God.
She was the first disciple to her Son and the most perfect mother.  Saint John Paul II describes Mary's crowning moment was standing at the foot of the Cross next to John the disciple.   John, He says, "Woman, behold, your son."  Then, to John, "Behold, your mother" (John 19:26-27).  With these words...Jesus gives Mary as Mother to each and everyone of us.
In a way I did have the "ins" with Mary through my mother.  I got to know her through my mom.  Although...I had always had the "ins" with Mary through our loving Father.

Note:  James Foley the young man that was beheaded prayed the rosary in captivity.  When he was home after his first captivity... he described how he prayed the rosary on his knuckles.  He prayed the rosary because he witnessed his mother and grandmother praying it.  The rosary is a beautiful way to bring us closer to Jesus Christ.  I'm sure it brings his family and the rest of us comfort knowing that he prayed this powerful prayer.  There really is no greater weapon against evil...not even the hatchet that beheaded James Foley.

Queen of the rosary....pray for us.

1 comment:

Monica said...

Beautiful post Amy. What a good thing to ask Mary to be our mother!