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Docile

Posted on September 12, 2022 at 4:25 AM Comments comments (439)

Monday Meditation – Docile 9/12/2022

 

What does the word docile mean to you? For years I thought that it just meant meekness and submission. It seemed to me that only weak people would be docile since strong people would need to or want to be in control.

 

But docile comes from the Latin word docere (to teach). Being docile means being “willing to be taught.” We can think about it as being attentive to the instructor, having our ears attuned to the teacher’s voice and our pencil and paper ready to take notes. It means an attitude of receptivity to what the teacher offers, realizing that the teacher offers something which I do not have and is good for me.

 

Docility ultimately means that I have to step out in faith once I have some degree of certainty in the Holy Spirit’s will for me. We are called to “walk by faith and not by sight.” We learn to be docile to the Holy Spirit in degrees: “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones.” (Luke 16:10)

 

I have a small booklet to guide me in praying for priests. In it, it says to pray that the priest is docile to the Holy Spirit. I understand that now to mean that the priest needs to be open to the instruction of the Holy Spirit, so that the Spirit can guide him toward the truth and to what the priest should proclaim in his homilies.

 

I guess that means that I, too, should be docile. I should be open to the teachings of those people who can guide me on the path to holiness. So my prayer this week is for God to help make me more docile and open to receive instruction in the truth.

 

How about you? Have you been docile to the instruction of the Holy Spirit? If so, I pray you continue on listening to His Word and heeding His instruction. If not, perhaps you might pray this week that you can find a blessing in being docile to His Word.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Caring For Others

Posted on September 5, 2022 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (401)

Monday Meditation – Caring for Others 9/5/2022

 

At many times in our lives we need to care for others. It might be babysitting, caring for your own children, nursing a sick spouse, or tending to your parents when they got old. Some people even choose careers that involve caring for others, such as doctors, nurses, counselors, teachers, pastors and more.

 

Sometimes it’s easy to care for others – especially when they appreciate the work you are doing. At other times, however, the people we are trying to help do not appreciate our efforts or fail to even acknowledge that you were caring. In those times it can be very difficult to feel valued and you may even be tempted to quit caring.

 

I recently started thinking about all the people who care for others in indirect ways, who don’t often get appreciated other than by their paychecks. I thought about the people who clean office buildings, those who prepare food in commercial kitchens, and even those who pave our roads so we can get to the places we need to go. I have seldom had an opportunity to thank these people for the work they do which makes my life easier.

 

And then what about the downtrodden and the poor, the folks who are brokenhearted or desperate for someone to care for them? My husband and I give to several charities but with covid we have gotten away from personal contact with those who are poor. We haven’t been on a mission trip for quite a while, and I can’t even think of when I last went over to Feed My Starving Children (FSMC) to pack meals.

 

We are called as Christians to care for others. Jesus told us the first commandment is to love God, and the second is “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Mark 12:31) To me, this means we must care for everyone, for everyone is our “neighbor.”

 

It isn’t an easy task, I’ll admit. As a child, I innately wanted what I needed. I had to be taught to share and to consider other people’s needs. I have definitely improved in my ability to care for others, but still I often prefer to think of my own needs before the needs of others. When I do help others, I secretly hope to be thanked or appreciated in some way. And when I don’t feel appreciated, I can get discouraged and wonder if my efforts are even worth it. That’s when I have to remind myself to look to Jesus. He cared for and healed many people who did not seem to care (case in point: only one of the ten lepers returned to thank him). Yet he continued caring for His people.

 

Yesterday as I was driving a song I hadn’t heard in a long time popped up on my radio, “Give ME Your Eyes” by Brandon Heath. The words exactly fit this blog post. Here are the refrain lyrics:

 

Give me Your eyes for just one second

Give me Your eyes so I can see

Everything that I keep missin'

Give Your love for humanity

Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted

The ones that are far beyond my reach

Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten

Give me Your eyes so I can see

 

This week I am going to make a strong effort to do some extra caring. Although I won’t be able to go on a mission trip, or even get to FMSC, I should be able to do something. Doing something for my husband will not count, because that’s too easy! My challenge will be to find three other people outside of my household and immediate circle of friends whom I can care for in some special way.

 

How about you? Have you been thinking more about yourself lately and not so much about others? I encourage you this week to step out of your box and do something to care for at least one other human being, and it would be even better if it was not someone in your usual circle of friends. Who knows, you may even find a blessing in your caring.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Family

Posted on August 29, 2022 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (421)

Monday Meditation – Family 8/29/2022

 

Family is important. We are all members of God’s family, of course, but we also have individual families which shape our lives.

 

It’s interesting to see how my definition of family has changed over the years. When I was growing up, it seemed my family consisted of just my mom, my dad and me. My mom had relatives, but we didn’t see them very often because most of them lived in other states. I did not have the privilege of having grandparents active in my life like many of my friends, because my maternal grandparents were gone and my dad’s family lived in Sweden. The photo attached to this blog shows my great grandmother Teresa and my grandmother Frances (both of whom I never met) and many other family members.

 

I did enjoy when we got together with my mom’s siblings and cousins, usually on summer trips to North Dakota. They graciously welcomed us, and I experienced what it was like to live with a larger family and on a farm. I got to share twin beds with my cousins, I learned how to ride a horse, and we spent countless hours (and late nights) playing the card game Liverpool Rummy.

 

When I got married, I experienced a new kind of family – having a husband changed things up! In-laws and more “new” relatives became a part of my family. We now had to split time with the two sides for holidays and other celebrations.

 

Then the family expanded further as we had children, and later two of my sons got married and had their own children. The delights of being a grandparent now added to my sense of family, as well as new in-laws and their extended families. It was nice to be welcomed and to participate in their gatherings too.

 

This past weekend my husband and I enjoyed a trip to South Dakota and Nebraska, where we got to spend time with his sister, her children and grandchildren, and some of my husband’s cousins. This was an opportunity for me to get to know those cousins a little better, as previously I had only met them briefly at gatherings. We enjoyed looking at old photos and reminiscing about their lives and that of their parents.

 

One sad part of the visit was my husband’s family realizing that there was much of the older generations’ stories that they did not know. Where had their parents lived and worked before they got married? What ever happened to some of the other aunts and uncles and cousins with whom they had lost touch?

 

I pondered some of the same things about my own ancestors – when I was younger I had never thought to ask my mom and dad a lot of questions about their pasts – I did know some things, but certainly not everything. Therefore, my children will not know those things either.

 

Many people are now doing research into their heritages. My husband and some cousins on my mom’s side have done extensive digging and have compiled much information, at least about the names and dates of those who had come before. While I don’t possess the same drive to do that kind of research, I do appreciate their efforts, and hopefully the future generations will also be grateful for that information.

 

Who is in your family and extended family? What do you now about them? It’s never too late to start learning about your heritage. If you are blessed to have an older relative still around, perhaps you can ask them some questions about their past. They may relish talking about their time as a child and be grateful to you for your interest. If you have old pictures which are not labeled, see if you can get someone to help identify who is in the picture. Who knows, you might be blessed by learning something valuable or exciting which you can cherish.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Success

Posted on August 22, 2022 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (386)

Monday Meditation – Success 8/22/2022

 

When was the last time you felt successful?

 

My cast, crew and I just completed the performances for the play I directed this summer. It was a lot of work, but we are calling this project a success!

 

The actors in my cast were superb – they worked so hard and added some many funny things to a play that was already quite hilarious. The crew was amazing as well… they stepped up to do many things before I even asked. We had wonderful attendance at our four in-person shows and several people watched the livestream. Our ticket sales numbers were excellent! We are still tallying all the expenses, so the net number is still unknown, but at this point we are pretty sure we will have made a little money to help support our non-profit. The combination of everyone’s efforts helped to make this project a success, and I feel greatly blessed to have participated in it.

 

It’s a good feeling to know you have been part of something successful. But I believe our success was not totally just based on the hard work of all the people involved… I think God also had a hand in it. Why? For one thing, I prayed about the project before I even said yes. I wanted to be sure that it was something God wanted me to do, and I did get that sense when I prayed.

 

In addition, I prayed throughout the whole project. Now I don’t mean to imply that prayer is a guarantee that things always will work out, because we all know that many times when we pray we do not get what we ask for. But I do believe that prayer doesn’t hurt, and probably does contribute to success.

 

I also believe that when something is successful, it’s because God wants it to be successful. When a project is good and meaningful, something that is going to benefit people, I think God likes that, and He will help it along.

 

My prayers today are ones of thanksgiving for the project and its success. I am thanking God for everything that went right with the show, and even for the things that didn’t go so well, because we learned from those things. I am also giving thanks for each person who helped in some way to make this show happen, and for the new friendships that were formed during the process. This project has really been a blessing in my life.

 

Have you had a success recently? If so, I pray that you will thank God for His help and direction, and you will thank those other people who helped make your project a success. If you have not had a success recently, do not give up. Perhaps you aren’t working on what God intends. Pray to God to help you figure out what is the right focus, and to help you follow that path. And you may just get the blessing of a success.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Inspiration

Posted on August 22, 2022 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Monday Meditation – Inspiration 8/15/2022

 

Have you ever been suddenly inspired?

 

I have been inspired a number of times. Sometimes it happens when I’m really thinking hard about something I have to do, and in pondering all the facts a solution just pops up. In some conversations a witty remark will suddenly just materialize in my brain.

 

But when I write, it’s different, Sometimes, when I sit down to write the words just do not come. More frequently it seems that my inspirations pop up out of the blue when I am not really looking to write. For example, years ago when on a retreat I was out walking in the woods. I sat down on an old bench to rest a bit, and I saw across from me a gnarled, ancient oak tree. Inspiration hit, and I pulled out my notebook and began to write. Another time I was struck by something a friend told me, and again, I immediately wrote down what I felt.

 

Each of these inspirations had a source. Some of my inspirations may just come from having facts on hand and life experiences, a bunch of unattached pieces floating in my conscience and sub-conscience, which suddenly start to fit into what was needed.

 

Most of my poetry and spiritual writing have been prompted by something I saw or heard, and I believe it was the Holy Spirit that nudged me in the “write” direction. I can’t prove this, of course, but that’s what it seems to be for me.

 

People can be inspired by many things and are often delighted by what people call the “eureka moment.” For some, it helps to read or sew. For others, nature provides inspiration. Some folks do something which Albert Einstein called “combinatory play” – the act of opening up one mental channel by experimenting in another, sometimes totally different. That may explain why Einstein would often play his violin when he was trying to solve a mathematical puzzle.

 

Christina Capecchi, in last week’s Catholic Spirit newspaper, said that “this underscores the Catholic belief that the body, mind and soul are intimately connected. We can spark one by tapping into another. And the health of one dimension often leads to the health of another. A long walk, a clearer mind. An active prayer life, lower blood pressure.”

 

How true! Last week I went for a walk and then was able to sit down and compose something intelligible for this blog post. I find when I am struggling with a dilemma that playing a word game will distract me and then I am able to calm down and resume my task. You may question whether these things are inspired by the grace of the Spirit, but I believe they are. God is all around us, and when He wants us to do something, I believe He will give us the necessary inspiration to move forward.

 

Here is something I wrote some years ago after being inspired:

 

“A Woman of Faith”

 

A woman of faith is a sturdy tree in the forest of God’s creation.

 

She began as a tiny seed, planted by the Master in a unique place in His precious garden.

 

As time passed, she grew as she sought wisdom, knowledge and strength from the rich soil of the scripture foundation beneath her, and from the nourishing sacramental waters poured out around her.

 

When she stretched her roots deeper into the Word, she grasped nuggets of wisdom nutrients to foster her faith. She was fed by the fertilizers of passing souls who each left their legacy from their own struggles and stories.

 

The Master caused rains of graces to cover her at the times she needed them, although she often did not realize what blessings she had received.

 

As she grew in strength, she revealed tiny buds of faith. The buds blossomed, and she tested these against the trials of life. Some withstood the tests, and some were false hopes. Yet she continued to branch out as an extension of Christ, developing a raiment of natural splendor in the golden hues of her leafy garments and in her graceful response to the promptings of the whispering Spirit.

 

She began to open herself up to travelers who happened by the spot that she had been given. They stopped for varying lengths of times to nestle and rest in her arms. While they were with her, she used her gifts to offer food and protection to hungry youngsters, and shelter to aging residents.

 

As she continued to reach out in faith, over time her branches became entwined with others near her. She gave assistance to them willingly, and also accepted support when she needed it.

 

But life was sometimes hard. The pains came as beloved branches snapped and were carried away in whirlwinds. Jealous bugs looked for ways to burrow underneath her bark, and wicked birds pecked away at her hope. She often was surrounded by foggy mists of uncertainty which threatened her self confidence. And occasional black shrouds of fear descended over her, enticing her to give up.

 

She continually had to fight to retain her faith. Periodically she would start to feel cold, and devilish storms would whip her branches, forcing her to bend at odd angles. Inevitably, the tears of winter would come, and her finery would fall into dull heaps around her. But her rooted faith remained steady, and she quietly accepted the snowy burdens as she patiently rode out the barren times, assured that Spring would come again to renew her.

 

And always the Son returned, and she would gratefully soak up the warm love. Gentle prayers of friends rained down around her, washing away the dirt and stains, and forgiveness would come. Her spirits lifted, and she was refreshed in body and soul, and was able to face life once again.

 

Yet even during the good times, once in awhile the Master would prune her, stripping away a branch or two of rotting sin. This left embarrassing wounds and scars, and sometimes even a noticeable hole where some large hurt had eaten away at her. Yet, she was able to prayerfully ask for healing, and in time the hurts and scars diminished.

 

Now she graciously allows others to see and use these wounds, to comfort those who needed to be gathered inside her heart for an understanding caress.

 

The faithful woman does not stand alone. She stands in a great forest with other women of faith, each planted in their own special places, each with their trials and their own gifts. Together they stand, tall and pure, upright, prophesying and gloriously raising their branches in praise and thanksgiving to their Master. They sway and dance with tambourine leaves rustling joyfully around them.

 

The woman of faith is a sturdy tree, committed to endlessly love and minister to those around her. She is a beautiful creation of her Master.

 

 

Have you been inspired lately? If so, be grateful and rejoice that you were inspired. If you are struggling for some inspiration, maybe take a break and do something else. That might be just what your mind needs to open up a path for the inspiration to sail in. I pray that this week you are blessed by an inspiration, or maybe even several!

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Treasures

Posted on August 8, 2022 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (539)

Monday Meditation – Treasures 8/8/2022

 

For the past week or so, there have been scripture readings at my church which talk about storing up treasure. The gospel reading from yesterday from Luke proclaimed these words of Jesus: “Do not be afraid of hunger, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.” That last sentiment is also stated in Matthew 6:19-21.

 

This reading hit home for me because I have been thinking about the stored up items in my own home for some time now.

 

I am slowly parting with things I do not need, and I am working to change my habit of collecting into a habit of recycling. I also am looking at a few new charities to which I can contribute some of my excess. There are so many people in the world who have much less than I do, and there is no reason that I cannot help them – I just have to DO it.

 

This does not make me perfect, of course! I have a very long way to go to get to where Jesus asks me to be, and I am very glad that these types of Scriptures keeps popping up in my daily readings to remind me of the treasures that really matter in life.

 

What should my treasures be? I think they need to be God and my relationship with Him, and a loving attitude of caring and helping others. I already really treasure the time I spend in adoration and in spiritual reading. So maybe I should try to do more of that, as these endeavors draw me closer to my Creator. I also treasure the times when I can donate cash or items to persons or charities that need these things more than I do. What I must also learn is to keep putting these spiritual treasures above the other, trivial treasures that my earthly heart seems to want. It’s not easy, and I’m sure I will continue to be challenged in this area. But I will keep trying.

 

What treasures do you have? Are they earthly ones? Are they heavenly ones? I encourage you this week to look at your treasures to see if they are truly the right ones. And if something needs to change, make a plan to do it! A blessing may await in the better treasures.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Busyness

Posted on August 1, 2022 at 7:40 AM Comments comments (179)

Monday Meditation – Busyness 8/1/2022

 

I’ve found myself trapped in “busyness” several times over the years, and I’m currently in the middle of one of those times. My summer project (directing the community theater play) has required much more time than I anticipated. I’ve ended up forgetting to do some of my regular tasks (oops), and I’ve had to put off another goal that I have been working on. I’ve had less time to spend with my husband and friends, and I’ve even dropped into bed some nights without praying.

 

All this has resulted in stress and frustration on my part and probably also for others in my life. I feel bad that this has happened, but I have always been a person who honors all her commitments, so I’ve had to work extra hard to organize my time: plugging away at my urgent tasks and pushing off the trivial ones.

 

One good thing has come out of this – it has forced me to stop doing some things which are unnecessary. I usually play games on my phone every day – you can find many studies which say that working puzzles helps keep the brain sharp. I started out with two games. But soon I was doing five different games each day, and I discovered I was spending way too much time on them. Cutting back to my original two games has freed up time and allowed me to get some other things done.

 

I have also resolved to reprioritize my daily prayers. All I had to do was look to Jesus – He was constantly swamped with people and with ministry opportunities, being pressed on every side by needy people. And yet He always carved out time to meet with his Father. And if He, the perfect human, needed to pray, how much more do I need to pray?

 

It's getting better – reminders on my phone help me to remember to pray in the morning and at night. Periodically throughout the day, too, I’m trying to get in a quick prayer or two, even if it’s just the Our Father. Returning to prayer has tamed my frustration and cooled my stress level. I still am quite busy, and I will be for a while, but it definitely is getting easier to manage my time. I feel blessed that I have come to grips with my busyness and am taking steps to prioritize my life.

 

Are you finding yourself overly busy with many tasks? And have those tasks caused a disruption in your lifestyle? Perhaps, like me, you need to eliminate some unnecessary things and put prayer as a higher priority in your life. Who knows what blessing will you find in addressing your busyness?

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Words

Posted on July 29, 2022 at 10:45 AM Comments comments (73)

Monday Meditation – Words 7/25/2022

 

Have you ever felt tongue-tied, and not sure of what to say? That has happened to me on a number of occasions. One thing that helped was participation in Toastmasters, where I gained confidence that I could even speak about a subject I knew little about.

 

But what about the times when someone needs comforting? Sometimes I struggle with what words would be appropriate for their situation and yet encouraging. I don’t want to inadvertently make their situation worse by using poor words or not saying anything when words would help.

 

And how about when I am called upon to share my faith? I know the subject, and I do know what I can say, but I may feel hesitant about talking about faith. After all, religion is one of those topics considered to be “taboo” in many circles.

 

Why am I afraid to speak even though I have speaker training? Am I afraid that someone will pooh-pooh my words, or get angry at me, or worse? Yes, that is probably accurate. In my country, people do have the freedom of speech, and yet there are still many instances when people are condemned when they proclaim or live their beliefs which disagree with the beliefs of others.

 

In Matthew 10:16-20, Jesus states: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to councils and scourge you in their synagogues. You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.”

 

This has happened to me! I have been in situations very concerned about what I was to say, but somehow the right words seemed to just pop into my mind. Once a young man stopped me in the gathering space at my church after mass and spoke to me about his struggle with God due to certain things that had happened in my life. I was completely unprepared for this encounter, yet I believe God gave me good words to say so I was able to share my faith with him in a way he found helpful.

 

Another time I spent a few hours with a friend who was going through something very devastating. In that instance I was not given a lot of words to say, but I was able to be a calming presence for her by holding her hand and wrapping my arms around her as she cried.

 

I don’t think these were coincidences! God knows better than I do about what is right to say or not say. Sometimes God gives us the right words to say, and sometimes He just prompts us to be present.

 

Do you struggle sometimes with what words to say in certain situations? We’ve all been there. If you have a good relationship with God, trust in Him that He will give you the best words to say, or the strength to say little but just be there. This blessing from God is also probably the blessing the other person needs as well.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Gossip

Posted on July 18, 2022 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (316)

Monday Meditation – Gossip 7/18/2022

 

Human beings love to gossip. We want to know the latest news about celebrities, our neighbors and even the person who sits in the last pew in the corner.

 

Certainly we do need to stay abreast of what is going on with the people we care about. We need to know if they are facing surgery or an illness so we can pray for them. We want to find out about major events so we can celebrate with the people involved. And we need to know important news about our local communities.

 

But how often do we pass beyond the line of important information and engage in gossip?

 

Gossip is defined as casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not always confirmed as being true. Phrases like “Did you hear about so-and-so?” can spark long banters which may even involve speculations and outright lies, not to mention anger and hurt. I confess that more than once I have passed on a bit of news that may not have been true or helpful. It’s so easy to do, and gossip makes for great “conversational fillers.”

 

I remember a game I played as a youngster called “telephone.” One person would whisper something to the next person in line, who would in turn whisper what they heard (or thought they heard) to the next person. The message continued to be passed to the last person, who would say out loud what they heard. We laughed at how different the story became by the time it reached that last person.

 

Thinking about it now, however, “telephone” is not so funny. Isn’t that what often happens with a lot of information? One person passes on something, and by the time it trickles down through several others it is different from what was said at the start. Plus it could include lies or biases from the people anywhere in the chain and thus be more gossip than fact. I also wonder at the words used in various news programs as they discuss current events. I am curious as to how much of the information is factual as opposed to speculation and opinions, although I suppose I will never know.

 

Recently I came across a quote attributed to Pope Francis that struck me, and I think is worthy of review. Here's what he said as to why you should not gossip:

 

In Ancient Greece, Socrates had a great reputation of wisdom. One day, someone came to find the great philosopher and said to him:

“Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”

“A moment,” replied Socrates. “Before you tell me, I would like to test you with the three sieves.”

“The three sieves?”

“Yes,” continued Socrates. “Before telling anything about the others, it's good to take the time to filter what you mean. I call it the test of the three sieves. The first sieve is the TRUTH. Have you checked if what you're going to tell me is true?”

“No, I just heard it.”

“Very good! So, you don't know if it's true. We continue with the second sieve, that of KINDNESS. What you want to tell me about my friend, is it good?”

“Oh, no! On the contrary.”

“So,” questioned Socrates, “You want to tell me bad things about him and you're not even sure they're true? Maybe you can still pass the test of the third sieve, that of UTILITY. Is it useful that I know what you're going to tell me about this friend?”

“No, not really.”

“So,” concluded Socrates, “What you were going to tell me is neither true, nor good, nor useful. Why, then, did you want to tell me this?”

“Gossip is a bad thing. In the beginning it may seem enjoyable and fun, but in the end, it fills our hearts with bitterness and poisons us, too."

 

These words hit me as I read them. How many times have I just passed on information without confirming its truth, verifying it is kind, and ensuring it is useful? And how many of those times have my words poisoned me or the people I spoke to? Probably way too many times, I’m afraid.

 

I am going to try to improve. The next time I am tempted to pass on some information which may be questionable, I will try to remember to give it the three sieves test - to ensure it is true, kind and useful. Or better yet, I will just say nothing. I hope this mindfulness to avoid gossip will help me to become a kinder person.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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Our Mother Mary

Posted on July 18, 2022 at 8:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Monday Meditation – Our Mother Mary 7/11/2022

 

When my mother Cleo passed away years ago, I felt a bit lost. I had gone to her often over the years for advice and just to spend time. When she was gone, that option was no longer available to me. I did have my mother-in-law to go to, but it just wasn’t the same. I was craving something more, but I wasn’t sure what it was.

 

Then I rediscovered Mary.

 

To be honest, I had known about Mary, the Mother of God, ever since I was young. I learned the Hail Mary prayer and saw statues and images of her in the churches I attended. And since I was born on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (the day Mary was conceived free of sin), she had always been a part of my faith life – I chose Marie as my confirmation name in honor of Mary.

 

However, I did not really “know” Mary until several years ago when I went on a pilgrimage trip to Medjugorje. It was on this trip that I really became close to Mary. I cannot take up a lot of time in today’s reflection to describe the events that occurred on that trip, because my post would be way too lengthy! But I will tell you that I encountered her in a very personal way on that trip. Ever since, I have been regularly praying the rosary and going to Mary for help.

 

I particularly love an icon that hangs in the Emmaus Chapel at my church – it’s the one in today’s photo. It depicts Mary holding her young son Jesus. Jesus is looking at Mary, but Mary is looking at me. No matter where I sit in the chapel, Mary’s eyes are on me. They are eyes filled with love and caring, and it’s hard to describe the peace I feel when I look at that icon. Mary has truly blessed me as my Mother.

 

I will always be grateful for my physical mother’s love and care and for passing on her Catholic faith to me, but I am also grateful for my Mother Mary who continues to provide me with motherly love and help. I pray to her regularly. I especially love the Memorarae prayer (I just prayed it this morning for a special intention) which is as follows:

 

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

 

Is your physical mother still around, if so, be blessed that she is there for you. If not, and even if she is, I hope you have another “mother” you can turn to. I highly suggest Mary! She has blessed me often, and I’m sure she will bless you too – all you have to do is talk with her.

 

Have a blessed Monday!

Faye

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