In this the month of the Most Holy Rosary, I’ve taken some time to reflect on our Blessed Mother and her journey here on Earth. I imagine a young woman quietly enduring the judgment of others as she carries a miracle in her womb. I envision her giving birth in humble manger, only to be rushed away in the night, in fear of Herod’s soldiers. I see a mother’s smile as Jesus grows from a toddler, a mother’s anguish through His teenage years, and her pride as He becomes a young man. I can imagine the grief she felt upon losing her husband, Joseph, and the anxiety she must have felt when Jesus left home to begin His ministry. We often forget that this very human mother watched as her son went out into a world where humanity faced the same sins and temptations we endure today. While Jesus went about sharing messages of kindness, hope, and mercy, those in power at the time chose to reject those ideals. Mary knew that Jesus was there to change the world forever, but she must also have known that His ministry would lead to His death. I can only imagine the torment of knowing her son must honor the purpose for which He was born, while also experiencing real anxiety and grief for what was to come for her son.
When we mourn the death of someone we love, we are connected to our Blessed Mother through her humanity. Just as all of us today, Mary had to put her full faith in God during times of hardship. Faith is a critical part of our ability to traverse the path toward acceptance, whether we’re accepting a deep loss or just a change in our life. Keeping the faith can be hard at times, but God sends us our Blessed Mother as a source of strength and love to help us. Whether at Fatima, Lourdes, La Vang, Guadalupe, or Medjugorje – Mary comes to us in difficult times to remind us that we are called to an eternal life beyond our imagination. She reminds us that God is the map to paradise, and we must follow wherever His map takes us.
During this month of the Holy Rosary, let us call on our Blessed Mother. May she bring the comfort, hope, and peace that this world needs during such hard times.