Living Beyond Sunday Blog: “From the Community” – In this blog category we post community submitted pieces. As Christian Disciples in Mission who are Living Beyond Sunday, we all have unique experiences of life and faith. This blog offers a place to share those. Please note, these are personal reflections of the authors, and while they are community members, the content should be attributed to the author, and not St. Patrick Catholic Community.
Recently St Patrick’s celebrated the deaths of 10 family members who died in a flood near Payson. All of us were affected. It was especially moving to see the children who died. Why? Many of us have children whom we love deeply. No matter their age, we often worry about them, especially if they have lost their faith life. We agonize wondering what we did wrong. How did we fail them? Imagine if they are injured or killed? Our grief knows no limits. It doesn’t seem fair that this happened to them.
Now how does the Blessed Mother relate to these thoughts? Mary, Jesus’ mom, wept as Jesus passed her carrying His cross, and stayed at the foot of the Cross watching her Son, Jesus, suffer and die.
When Mary died, God assumed her into heaven where God gave her the role as queen of heaven and earth. She understands intimately why Jesus suffered, died and rose again. He did this as Our Lord and Savior to offer us the opportunity to live joyous faith filled lives on earth and to live eternally in heaven. Mary knows especially how much Jesus loves us and that He is always ready to have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and give us superabundant graces, especially the Most Holy Eucharist, His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity.
She has a deep love for each of us and prays continually for each of us, that we may be drawn to an ever deepening love of her Son, and for one another. She anguishes over souls who are lost eternally. She is troubled that so many souls fail to avail ourselves of the price that her Son paid for each us.
She is our mom, adopting each of us as her child. Pray to her and ask her for her help in drawing our children, loved ones, and ourselves to an ever increasing relationship with her Son, His Dad, and her spouse, the Holy Spirit. What have we got to lose?
a very little and fragile child of God,
John Nichols, johnnchls83(Replace this parenthesis with the @ sign)gmail.com