What a joy it is to remember that she is our mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?St. Therese of Lisieux
I think everyone to some degree wants to be like their mom.
When I was growing up and even now that I’m an adult, I’m intrigued by what my mom does. I’m fascinated by her work inside and outside our home, and I appreciate the effort and charity that she puts into everything she does. I look at how my mom cuts hair not just for her clients, but for shut-ins that we know. Her generosity inspires me, and I’ve told her that she does this with beautiful mercy. I appreciate how she takes care of the house, making time to clean it, keep it looking beautiful, and making good dinners and brunches after Mass on Sunday. Through it all, she always finds time to pray. When I manage to wake up early, I can find her praying the rosary. We go to daily Mass together whenever we can. She reads her Bible and tons of books about the faith and I can only hope that I’m able to do as much as she does when I’m a mama.
Needless to say, I want to be like my mom.
Just like I want to be like my earthly mama, I also want to be like Mary. I always knew that she was my Heavenly Mother and that I should love her as my mother, but I didn’t wholeheartedly do this until college. As I deepened my faith with my friends from the Newman Center, I learned how to grow closer to Mary. Although it took me three tries to complete my Marian Consecration, I grew closer to Mary each time. Thanks to Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, I understood what it meant to embrace Mary as my mother. Preparing for and eventually making my Marian Consecration allowed me to depend on Mary and let her make me into a worthy disciple of her Son.
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For the past two years, I did Fiat in varying capacities. This year, I embarked on Fiat 90, and the Lent before, I did Fiat 40. These 90 and 40 day retreats respectively helped me to become more like Mary. Through her intercession, I learned how to detach myself from the world a little more each day. The little sacrifices that I made were little ways of saying yes to God and his will, like Mary consistently and perfectly let God’s will be done. Although I failed several times, I don’t consider my Fiat attempts complete failures. Mary always gently guided me in the right direction. When I did sacrifice and when I grew in detachment, I felt myself become more like her as I did my best to submit to God’s will for me.
In other words, I improved my relationship with my mom and slowly but surely became more like her.
Because of this, I find myself actively needing Mama Mary and asking for her help. When I’m stressed or overwhelmed, I ask her to help me calm down and to guide me. When I’m sad, I ask her to take the mess that I’m in and make it perfect for her Son. I see her in the little things that I do and the little sacrifices that I make. I do the dishes and fold the laundry because it’s pleasing to my earthly mother and my Heavenly Mother. I’m patient with my friends and family and I listen as best as I can during our conversations. I try to emulate Mary’s love by caring for people and keeping their prayer intentions close to my heart.
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Until I move to Washington DC to start volunteering with Franciscan Mission Service, I got a summer job at a childcare center. I spend a couple days a week playing with children, making sure they eat, keeping them safe, changing their diapers, and making sure they take naps. It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding, but of course there are times when I get overwhelmed. Sometimes a baby won’t eat, kids will take toys from each other, toddlers won’t fall asleep, and a diaper will stink so badly I dry heave. When work, and even life in general, becomes to much to handle, I turn to Mama Mary. When things get out of control and I don’t know what to do, I say a Hail Mary. Actually, I say several Hail Marys super slowly to remind me that she’s here to help me.
If you need your mom and you long to grow closer to her, start by praying the rosary. Pray this beautiful and powerful prayer every day to love and understand our Mother and her Son more and to deepen your faith. While you pray, imagine yourself wrapped in her mantle and holding her hands. Ask her to keep you in her most Immaculate Heart and show you how to love and follow Jesus as closely and perfectly as she does.
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