Our Mother Mary

August is a special month for Mary, with the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th and the Queenship of Mary on August 22.

I want a deeper devotion to Our Lady. I know that Jesus gave her to us as our Heavenly Mother and given her role as Mother of the Son of God, she is the ultimate model for us Moms. Sometimes I assume that the house of the Holy Family must have been perfect; with Mary born without sin and Jesus, human in all things but sin and His Foster Father St Joseph, the epitome of humility, obedience and gentleness. I picture everyone gliding around the humble little house seamlessly, constantly serving each other with a smile, always anticipating the needs of the other. With just the necessities for food and clothing, the house was orderly and impeccably clean (not my house!). No one raised a voice or argued with another. Everyone knew their responsibilities and carried them out diligently, with love.

Well, even if these three were practically perfect in every way, there was still emotion. We see emotion…and even a little attitude finding young Jesus in the Temple or at the Wedding at Cana when Jesus says to his Mom….”why should I help? it’s not my time!” and Mary kind of ignores Him and tells the others “do as He
tells you”.

We also can’t discount the world outside their home. They were driven out to Egypt for the first couple years of Jesus’ life and that must have been quite the upheaval with a new baby! How well do you remember the early days with your first child? I remember what a big deal every outing was, let alone travelling!

Even once they returned to Nazareth and their family and friends…there were no doubt those who didn’t buy the ‘conceived by the Holy Spirit’ part and looked at Mary in a disapproving way. There would also be the everyday work that brought interaction with others: regular people with their less than virtuous thoughts, opinions, human motivations and personality quirks.

Mother Mary certainly sees our trials and challenges. She is the ultimate model motherhood with her prayerful, gentle way to cope with life’s little adventures. Perhaps if we pray more incessantly for her guidance and her intercession, we can better follow her example bringing more peace and Faith into our homes.

Easier said than done!  Back to the Prompt Me to Pray prayer!

Sweet Mother Mary, pray for us!

Catholic Bloggers Collective
We are a group of Catholic Bloggers sharing posts on the same theme, once a month.

Nancy from www.dosmallthingswithlove.com
Jennifer from http://www.catholicinspired.com
Monica from http://www.equippingcatholicfamilies.com and http://www.iblogjesus.com
Melody from http://mamaslittleditty.blogspot.com/
Susanna from http://livingwithladyphilosophy.blogspot.com
Ginny from http://randomactsofmomness.com/

2 thoughts on “Our Mother Mary

  1. Lovely. 🙂 And thank you for the link to Nellie's work! I have seen that particular image before and loved it but did not know where to look for a print.

  2. What a great reflection on the day-to-day life of the Holy Family! It is hard to imagine what kind of tensions and exhaustions they must have gone through daily and how Our Lady must have been tempted to sin and yet never given in. Oh, to have that grace! haha P.S. I'm a bit jealous that you nabbed one of Nellie's pictures from the show. I saw the long line and figured I had to choose between definitely getting a copy of every book or getting one of her pictures. (Turns out I was right.) Glad you got one though! They're so lovely.

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