Why is it when we were younger we thought we knew everything, yet the older we get the more we realize we don’t know what we thought we knew?
Thank God that He gave us such a good mother that can teach us in simple and quiet ways. These are the lessons I’ve learned from Mother Mary:
Perseverance in hope
I once had a young teenager come up to me after my presentation on chastity. She was six months pregnant. With tears of joy in her eyes she thanked me for the encouragement to practice chastity and live a pure life with Christ. She shared that after she became pregnant, even when no one else knew of her situation, she rededicated herself to purity. She was made fun of in school, teased by people on Facebook and suffered the emotional pain of the breakup with the boyfriend.
Her peers called her a walking contradiction with her new outlook on purity, offering no support and tortured her with hateful comments. Even still, she went on with her new mission in life – to be a mother to this unborn baby with a rededicated heart to purity. She accepted her responsibility but also believed that God had a plan for her child. Since then, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl who was adopted by a couple, and the young girl is still dedicated to purity.
Mother Mary taught me to persevere in the hope of Christ. The Blessed Virgin found herself pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit, and was probably misunderstood and even jeered at by her community and peers. My Mother taught me to expect that other may not always understand the path you find yourself on with God yet persevering with Christ will always lead to a life closer with Him. Hope looks to the future and “is nourished in prayer” (CCC, 1821). “In every circumstance, each one of us should hope, with the grace of God, to persevere to the end, and obtain the joys of heaven (CCC, 1821).
Seek counsel from God first
How many times have I called, sent a text, emailed and even flagged someone down to talk to about my woes or ask for advice without first going to God? Too many.
I was twelve years old when my grandfather was murdered. Immediately after my family received word, my parents drove straight to the Catholic Church in our hometown and we attended the morning Mass. My father just lost his father, in the most horrendous way, and his first instinct was to go to God. My parents did not ask others what to do because they knew that no one but God could answer this problem.
The Blessed Virgin, in all of her experiences with her Son and Savior, “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). My Mother, through my parents, taught me to seek first the counsel of the Divine Physician, to “do whatever He tells you” (John 2:5) in order to find solace.
Trust in His Will
The question, “why are these things happening to me and my family?” is a common one. The “why?” question must be heard countless times in Heaven but who better to ask the question of “why?” than the Blessed Mother? What time could have been more appropriate for this question than at the foot of the Cross? And yet, she does not offer questions to Her Son, but offers Him her motherly love and presence. She stands with Him at the Cross and continues to fulfill her promise of offering her entire self to the works of God in His plan for salvation. She trusts in His Will.
When I have questions about my life, my family or about the state of the world, I remember what my Mother has taught me with the example of her life. My Mother has taught me to trust in His Will even though the situation may seem dark, hopeless and without purpose.
How do children let their mother know they love her? They obey her, listen to her, and run to her in times of need.
Lessons from Mother Mary are truly lessons that God taught her in the silence and openness of her Immaculate Heart. May we trust, listen and run to our Mother in order to better hear and follow the will of her Son, Jesus.