This devotional is uniquely Catholic in that the meditation is based on the daily readings for the Mass, called the Lectionary. But you don't have to be Catholic to find a home here! Click on 'Today's reading' for the lectionary link to read the bible readings, then click the back button and spend a few minutes with the meditation. Relax! This is your time, well deserved, much needed, and holy. Let all the things you "should be doing" melt away and bask in the presence of your God who loves you!

Before we begin, let us pray,

Father, you created me and put me on earth for a purpose. Jesus, you died for me and called me to complete your work. Holy Spirit, you help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called. In your presence and name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I begin my meditation.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mary, our mother.

Lectionary: 445 and 639
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Our Lady of Sorrows

"At the cross her station keeping,
Stood the mournful mother weeping,
Close to Jesus to the last.
Through her heart, his sorrow sharing,
All his bitter anguish bearing,
Now at length the sword has passed."
(Stabat Mater)
One more thing: Mary was not a clashing cymbal or a resounding gong. She was the real deal. She walked the walk and left the talking to others. Her unfailing love for God led her to say yes to motherhood and strengthened her despite the sorrows she suffered. No matter what heart aches you live with because of your kids, Mary knows how you feel. She is your mother too. Bring your burdens to her, especially the ones about your children, and ask for her intercession. You have a girlfriend in heaven and she knows just what it's like to be a mom! 
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for giving me your mother to be my heavenly mother. Help me to follow her example of steadfast love for you and those around her. In your name I pray, Amen. Mary, Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for me. 

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