Coming Close to Mary

Since my consecration to Mary late this summer, I have been trying to understand what consecration to Mary really means. What does it mean to come close to Jesus through Mary? Thanks to the Militia of the Immaculata, I had some really good resources when I was preparing for consecration to begin to understand, in the spirit of Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe, what it means to find the Way, the Truth, and the Life–that is, Christ–with Mary. It has been said that when you consecrate yourself to Mary, you often do not know the weight of what you are doing until much later, and it seems this is true. No one could possibly understand the great mystery of what it means to be a daughter or son of the Mother of God. I think I will continually be coming into a fuller realization of what it means to be totally hers.

I do not think I understood how much I needed a spiritual mother until I finally realized she is with me, always loving me, helping me fight this spiritual battle on earth to love and to win souls for Jesus. It is a peculiar thing how many Christians acknowledge emphatically the need for both a father and a mother in a physical family on earth, but when it comes to our spiritual family, we think we have no need of a mother. We are fearful of this mother detracting attention from her Son (but, honestly, when is this ever the case in real life?), so we throw this mother, the very Mother of God, out the door of our lives, or at most, let her stand just inside the door without ever acknowledging she is there.

Several weeks ago, when my husband and I knew the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception was coming up, we wanted to return to our consecration to Mary, so we read some more of Saint Maximilian Maria Kolbe who brought us to love Mary. Reading what he had to say about living one’s consecration to Mary was nourishment to my soul, for he opened a door in prayer to draw closer to my  Mother, in whose care and by whose intercession has brought me healing in her Son, Christ. Always, she is bringing me to see the personal love He poured out for me and for the whole world. Always, she leads me to Jesus in a way I never could have done on my own.

Saint Maximilian said something that has been key now in understanding my relationship to Mary and to God. Mary is my advocate, my intercessor, constantly going to her Son on my behalf, just as she did at the Wedding at Cana. And when I go to Jesus, I have my Mother at my side to guide me and help me. St. Maximilian said that while we can go to Jesus or the Holy Trinity directly, we should not go without Mary, especially since to go without her is often a sign of pride in us, which only keeps us from the will of God (Mediation 18). I am so small, so little – who am I to go to my Lord at all, especially on my own? But our Lord, our God, humbled Himself, emptied Himself in the womb of a poor virgin and mother, through whom He entered the world as a babe. We can go to Jesus directly, but we do not have to go alone. We have His Mother, who is God’s perfect creation, the new Eve who said yes to God, becoming the spouse of the Holy Spirit, the Woman in whom the Son of God was formed and took flesh. Because we are sons and daughters of God the Father and brothers and sisters in Christ, we also are spiritual sons and daughters of God’s mother who wants nothing more than to love us and to help us to get to know her Son more closely, helping us to love Him. Jesus holds nothing back from us. All that is His becomes ours, including His mother, through whom we come close to Him, through whom we get to know more fully Christ’s will which is the will of the Father. 

With Mary, let us await with expectation the coming of Christ, our Savior. Let us, with Elizabeth, exclaim “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk. 1:42-43).

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