Amanda Kerns, A DC postulant writes…This past Sunday began the season of Advent, a liturgical season in the Catholic Church that’s a time of waiting, of hope and of preparation for the coming of Jesus. Advent obviously brings me closer to Jesus, but it also brings me closer to the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary. While Catholics especially have a deep respect for the Blessed Mother, I think even we can easily forget just how great her example is.
C.S. Lewis once said that if you were looking for a religion to make you comfortable, he wouldn’t recommend Christianity. One day, I was praying over this quote, it occurred to me that our most holy books, the New Testament, start with a challenge. And who completed that challenge? It wasn’t a king, wasn’t a prophet, it wasn’t even a man. It was a young poor girl from Nazareth.
But what is so amazing about Mary is that she stayed true to her calling. The Gospels never tell us that Mary said “No, God, I change my mind…pick someone else”. And well….there were probably times when she doubted, maybe even times where she broke down and cried. But she stayed faithful through all the difficulties. She knew that God was with her – both spiritually and physically – and, through the message of Gabriel, that absolutely nothing was impossible for God.
Dorothy Day once said “don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed that easily” I believe that it is a big temptation for us to dismiss Mary with flowery language and images, especially in the Catholic world. While those can be nice, it is essential for us to know her as a real person who made a very radical choice to accept God’s call through carrying Christ. By saying “yes”, she made the first footstep on the road we all long to follow.
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