I have come to fall in love with teaching in Catholic schools. What are YOU in love with?...

"Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything." - Pedro Arrupe

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A Little Trivia for You...

Here's a little bit of trivia for you - what were the last words spoken by Mary in the Gospels?

(Hint: It wasn't at the cross...)

Are you ready for this? It was at the Wedding Feast at Cana - Jesus' first miracle. 

That was a lucky guess for me during our Pillars class tonight. What, exactly, was our instructor getting at by pointing this out? Namely this - that we should not maximize Mary as someone standing on her own (like a goddess). Rather, we should recognize and revere her in light of her relationship to Jesus. He asked us to think about her words at Cana: "Do whatever he (Jesus) tells you." Even in that moment, we see her pointing to her son.

And so, we are reminded to look to Mary, our mother, as a guide to Jesus. We should love and honor her in special ways, remembering that we do so because of the role she played in the birth (and life) of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

What a gift we have in Mary! What a wonderful reminder of her role in our faith lives...

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