On the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today's Mass centered on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bishop Tom read to us from a book that explores the esoteric perspective of the Assumption.
I myself have a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. She can be seen not only as a mother-figure but also as an icon for Sophia, the Holy Wisdom of God.
Once while on the phone with my own mother, I said something to the effect, "It really seems like the Blessed Virgin Mary is the only one that's ever listened to me when I've prayed."
Of course, this is an exaggeration, but there's a truth- I've never quite connected with any other spiritual reality like I have with the Blessed Virgin Mary. She's central my own path (especially now). I carry my rosary in my pocket almost all the time. While I don't pray the rosary as often as I should, I do try to say at least three "Hail Marys" each day.
One of my favorite movies is The Song of Bernadette. I happened to have caught it airing late at night about ten years ago around Christmas time. I also happened to be in bed, sick with the flu, so the movie was a welcome distraction from my suffering.
The movie, while necessarily dramatized, is based on a true story, and to this day, it remains immensely meaningful to me because it centers on Our Lady. I try to watch it each year now because it stirs in me such a devotion for Our Lady.
I pray that if you have such a devotion, you, too, will embrace it and kindle it to something amazing.
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