When Mary was asked to be the Mother of all mothers, she didn’t hesitate in saying yes. She didn’t say, “let me think about it, I’ll get back to you.” She didn’t play that false humility card either, “who me? oh no, I’m not worthy!” She replied with love for the Father; the Magnificat, “My soul magnifies the Lord!”
That said, I think the best way to live, to find peace and purpose, and to grow in love with our Lord is through imitating Mary’s magnanimity.
When it comes to discernment, God’s will, and even vocation searching, I can willingly detest the exhaustion it leaves me. I think God is pleased when His children contemplate and pray about their vocation, asking for His will to be done, but I know He doesn’t like the anxiety and obsession it brings.
Anyone who wants to embark on discipleship and put God first above all things should start with a simple desire for self-denial. A person must want to follow Jesus for Jesus’ sake, not what you get out of it. In every action, the question to ask yourself is, “am I doing this because it magnifies the Lord?” Or “does this magnify the love I have for the Lord.”
We have multiple crosses in our lives. Some are big, some small. They could range anywhere from waking up early to a physical disability. God doesn’t outweigh crosses, but uses each one as opportunities to practice dying to self. Mother Theresa said, “To the good God, nothing is little. He stoops down and gives us a chance to prove our love for Him.”
God is specifically telling us what to do to achieve fulfillment, and He even lets us choose to say no if we wish.
Being open to God and performing sacrifices (big or small) for Him is how we find our purpose in life. Eventually, the little steps and interior mortification you take lead to bigger ones—but relax, let’s just start with the little ones.
Mother Theresa also says, “Our Lord often calls us out of situations that are comfortable and familiar and throws us into the deep end. He does this with the souls that desire to love Him radically.”
The will of God in Mary’s life was presented to her so clearly. And since she said yes to God, she fulfills her role as intercessor for you too so you can say yes to God and be able to proclaim your own magnificat.
Pray that Mary will give you the grace to “do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5)
A woman once told me, “Anything you care about, any worry you have, or any desire you long for, anything in your life you’re not sure of, give it to Mary—she’ll run with it.”
And St. Louis de Montfort told us consecrating our life to Mary is the quickest, easiest, and surest way to fulfill God’s will in our lives and defeat the work of Satan. (Satan fears nothing more than Mary–Genesis 3:15)
“Love our Lady and she will obtain abundant grace to help you conquer in your daily struggle. When we were little, we kept close to our mother. Now, when we feel any temptations, we should run to the side of our Mother in Heaven, by realizing how she is to us. She will defend us and lead us to the light.” –St. Josemaria Escriva
This post is dedicated to Mary. Praise to you during this month dedicated specifically for your glory, and thank you for all the love you have shown me.