Love is a word said without hesitation when we are with someone that we hold deep in our heart. It is a word, an emotion, a devotion, and a sacrifice. The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and when I look to the Blessed Mother, what I see is love. Mary so loved God that she accepted without question her motherhood and in her humanity, she touches each of us. Her love for God is seen in the fire surrounding her Immaculate Heart and we see her love for Jesus in the sword which shows to each of us the pain of watching her beloved Son tortured and nailed to a cross.
We often see Mary through the many artists’ depictions. Whether it is the Assumption, the Pieta or the many statues placed so reverently in our Catholic churches, we see the Mother of God. Just for a moment I ask each of you to see her as a mom, raising a son and hoping as parents do, that He find happiness in life. This mom was destined to watch her Son travel a different path, one that ended in her at the foot of a cross. Her sacrifice, and willingness to accept God’s plan is an example of pure love.
Each of us suffers the loss of someone we love, but the beauty of love is that it does not die. Love continues in our hearts and in our memories shared with the person who is no longer physically with us. Most importantly, love keeps us connected until the time that we are reunited in paradise. Our Blessed Mother’s love and her humanity connect us to her and through Jesus we are shown God’s love for us. The path to paradise is clear and love is the key.
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