Call Upon Mary

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(Being able to capture this moment was such a gift.  She was just looking at Our Lady… and our Lady was looking at her.  Little ones know deeply in their heart the presence of God and His Mother, His Saints, and His angels.  Of this I am certain.)

 

Alleluia! Alleluia!  He is risen!  Truly He is risen!  Alleluia!

It is a cloudy, dreary day here … again.  I never remember New England to be this gray for this long.  Today at naptime, little C requested one of my favorite books to be read, SNOW, by Uri Shelevitz.  An odd choice for spring, but as I opened to the first page, it does in fact remind me of this current spring day:

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But, yes, it is May, and spring will indeed come.  And no matter how gray it is, it is still Easter!  (hence the first line of this post… I am trying to remind myself).  🙂

May is a month dedicated to our Lady.  Mary is truly our Mother.  At the foot of the cross, Jesus gave her to us: “Behold your Mother.”  How blessed we are.  Our kiddos remind me that I am their mother on Earth, but Mary is our “Mother Mother.”  Gotta love children – they tell us like it is.  “You’re the best mom in the world!  But, Mary is the best Mom on Earth AND in Heaven!”  I am more than happy to play second fiddle to our Lady.  She is the best.

I love our Lady more than words can ever express.  There is so much I can write about her.  She has been there for me in joy and in sorrow. She has held my hand and has let me rest on her heart.  In difficult moments, I pray a prayer I  learned from a dear friend in high school: “Mary, Mother of my Lord, be a Mother to me now.”  I cannot begin to tell you how much that simple prayer has helped me.

But tonight, I leave you with a prayer from St. Bernard.  My husband worked at a school named after him, and I wanted to learn more about Saint Bernard, as I love learning more about our saints.  I came across these words of his, and I fell in love with them.  I printed them out and have placed them on my wall as a reminder.  May they be a source of comfort and hope to you.  And may our Lady wrap you in her mantle of love.

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