Longing to have a relationship with the Blessed Mother

Hail Mary, Full of Grace. The Lord is with Thee.
Blessed art thou among women, 
and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

I love me some rosaries, can you tell?!

I have such a longing to have a relationship with the Blessed Mother.
It's something I think about, practically, all of the time.

I had a friend in college say to me, "having a relationship with Mary should be easy for you since you have such an awesome relationship with your own mom."
I wish it were that easy.

But, why can't it be?

I feel like this is one of those things that identifies us as Catholics.  Our fondess and utter respect for the Blessed Virgin.  When you think of Catholicism, many people automatically think of the high esteem Mary is in the Church (or that we worship her. Which is not true people, get it straight!).  Oh, and I do!  I mean... listening and accepting the Angel Gabriel tell you that you are going to be pregnant by the Holy Spirit and become the Mother of Jesus, aka- God.
I'm sorry, what?!
Welp, I think I would have turned the other way... "Gabe, you MUST be talking to the other teen over there, because there is no way that I can be the one You want. To have a child. Without having sex. To be a mom. To God.  Um, yea... I think you have the wrong girl."

Even though she did question for a second (and could have done what I would have)
... she said YES!
She completely trusted and believed in the Lord.

I am so proud to be part of a church that does look to Mary as the amazing, inspiring, holy woman that she is.  We hear of her all of the time.  Her love for Jesus, her Son.  This love that she has for Him, is what she desires for us all to have.

And, yet, I struggle with my relationship with her.
I love her.
I admire her.
And, I don't ask for her intercession as much as I should.

I had an amazing opportunity to go on a pilgrimage in France the summer after I graduated college.  One of the stops was Lourdes.
Yes, where the apparition of the Immaculate Conception was seen by St. Bernadette.



It was such a phenomenal experience, Lourdes and the pilgrimage in general.
Sometimes, though, I wish I had a better relationship with the Blessed Mother before this trip, or that this trip kick started it for me.

I wish my relationship with her was easy.
But, as with all good relationships, it takes work.
I have worked on, and will always be working on, my relationship with God.
The one with our Holy Mother is no different.
Honestly, it's my lack of discipline with saying the Rosary that has been the biggest struggle.
We have this amazing devotion that Mary uses so that we may reflect on her Son's life.  A life He lived and died for us.
Through this, we are connected to her.
We ask for Her intercession.
And our relationship with Her grows, as does that of Jesus.
It's just brilliant.

Here's to me, once again, trying to pray the Rosary consistently and fervently.

Anyone else struggle with this?
For those that don't, any suggestions on how you stay connected to Mary?

4 comments :

  1. Here are my thoughts wrapped in a blog post :)

    http://catholicyoungwoman.blogspot.com/2012/07/great-devotion-great-mother.html

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    1. This is a beautiful post. Thank you for sharing it with me. It's such a great reminder that She, too, is always around. Praying for us. Loving us. Mary and Jesus... such a great team they are. Always around to provide their love. :)

      I hope you are doing well, Laura! How is your new job going?!

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  2. It's true that being close to Mary automatically means being close to Jesus...I think the best/holiest times in my life have been when I've been most devoted to her. So, conversely, times in my life when I'm feeling a bit "dry" are because I'm far from her AND God. Like now :(

    I enjoy reading books about her. There are lots, but I like reading about her apparitions. That makes me think of her more. Tom and I also did the total consecration that Louis de Montfort wrote. That was SO powerful - but VERY intense, maybe not the way to start out since it requires certain prayers every day? I dunno, if you're interested, here's the link - http://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html

    Unfortunately, the best way to feel closer to Mary and therefore God, is always...PRAYER. We know it but we struggle with it. But in the end, it's like a Nike ad - just do it!

    I'd be more than happy to do it with you too :)

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  3. All of this resonates with my heart-the longing for a better relationship with Our Lady, the Lourdes trip, and a desire for daily rosary. What books have you read about Our Lady? What do you already do to achieve your goal of rosary?

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