Becoming Tenderhearted Toward the Blessed Mother

The longer I’m Catholic, the more tenderhearted I’ve become toward the Blessed Mother. Even when I speak of her, tears sometimes form in my eyes. I believe that devotion to Mary is something that cannot be fully explained. I try to write defenses of Marian doctrines on the blog from time to time. However, there is something to be said for simply knowing her as a friend and mother. I’m a mere babe in the spiritual life, but I’ve learned that knowing Mary is intimately connected to offering our sufferings to Christ. Standing at the cross and holding Mary’s hand are two experiences intimately connected.

For those who have objections to devotion to Mary, I would encourage you to make a simple act of good will toward our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Simply pray, “Lord Jesus, you ‘honor thy mother’ in fulfillment of the law, so teach me to honor and love her as much as you love her if it makes you happy.” Then let Jesus lead you in it. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Have a great Saturday.


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  • Felix

    Reminds me of the story told by a military chaplain.  A protest chaplain asked if he had taken Christ as his personal saviour.  He said that, yes, had. 

    And then, adverting to John 19:26, he asked, “And have you taken Mary as your personal mother?”