The month of May, during which the Church especially honors the Blessed Mother, is upon us. How blessed are we that we have the love of the Blessed Mother! We have a spiritual mother who intercedes for us with her Son, just as she did at the wedding feast in Cana (John 2).
John’s Gospel further speaks of the special relationship we have with Mary when he recounts one of Jesus’ last actions as He was dying on the cross:
When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home. (John 19:26-27)
A Marian Experience
My grandmother, Carmella, prayed the rosary every day and during Mass on Sunday. Growing up, I observed how peaceful she was when she prayed, but I did not have a devotion to Mary until later in life.
One time, I felt God calling me to France to visit Paris and Lourdes. In Paris, I received a Marian miracle. The Church of the Miraculous Medal is located on a street called Rue de Bac. I was led to pray in that church at the Communion rail, to meditate on the Blessed Mother.
Deacon Steve Greco: Lord, Help Me Always to Speak the Truth
Excerpt from Deacon Steve Greco's 2014 book 365 Days of Praise for April 19:
Proverbs 12:22 “Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD,/but those who are truthful are his delight.”
Have you ever lied? How did you feel in your spirit and soul? I know, you thought you had a good reason. It was to protect the innocent or some other rationalization that sounded good at the time. However, deep down you knew the truth, but you didn’t have the courage to “speak” the truth. Was there a time when you did speak the truth, and you felt the peace of the Lord? You felt His presence and love?
Lord, help me always to speak the truth, no matter the cost. I praise You for being the God of truth, for You are the way, the truth and the life.
When do you feel weak and tell lies or half-truths to those in your life? In your personal life? At work?
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