Let me begin by saying that I love our Blessed Mother with all my heart.
I have written before about Mary’s beautiful intercession in our family— about her granting us the very birthdays we’d picked for our children, and about the time a statue of Mary smiled at us.
Why is it, then, that my outward devotions to this august Queen of Angels are so sadly lacking? As is the case with almost everything in my life, the good intentions are there but the follow-through is less than perfect.
It’s a good thing she loves me as I am.
I am the sort of person who needs those holy days of obligation. I need the Magisterium to be a loving (but stern) parent; I need to be dropkicked out the door to make it to the church on time.
(Did you make it to Mass for the Feast of the Assumption? Good for you if you did! I did not, and I was so disappointed that the readings were not transferred to Sunday. I should have checked into this beforehand; I should have gone to Mass on Saturday anyway; I should have written my bishop to say keep this year’s feast a holy day of obligation!)
(Not that my lone little opinion would have swayed them.)
All this to say, I am very happy for any book, any practice, that will help me to live out my faith more fully. Meredith Henning’s Mondays with Mary fits the bill but perfectly.
I love this book. Meredith makes it very easy to start small—Having a cup of tea with my children while talking about Mary? I can do that!—and then go from there. There are many Marian feast days to choose from, and even some that I had never even heard of.
You stand to learn a lot about Mary in reading this lovely book.
Meredith offers many, many beautiful suggestions on how to honor Our Lady with a sweet treat and a craft of some sort, though don’t let that word “craft” fill you with fear. A coloring page and a cookie will be just as memorable because it is something that we’ve done with our children for the love of Our Lady.
Devotion to our Blessed Mother should be daily, though please take that word “should” with a grain of salt. Liturgical activities should stem from love, not obligation, because…
Apart from a handful of feast days, there are no obligations when it comes to Our Lady.
There are only acts of love.
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Ad Jesum per Mariam,