My first knowledge of Mary was when I was eight. Came in the form of a Beatles’ song where dad would play every weekend at home on those sing-along huge karaoke dvds.

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness
She is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be

Some time back, a friend and myself were both sharing our conversion stories back to the Catholic faith, and he remarked, So it was Mary who brought you to the faith, and my immediate response was Nooooo. My response surprised my friend and caught me unaware because I was generally a pretty laid back person. Where did that come from?

In that moment, I wondered why I had such a strong reaction to Mary – the Mother of God. Needless to say, like most Catholics, my typical understanding of Mary was that she was the mother of God. We honour her. We don’t worship her. Full stop. And on better days, I’ll add – Oh, we ask her to intercede for us. That pretty much sums up my understanding and (non) relationship with Mary.

It wasn’t until years ago where I was moved in a short passage on Mary visiting Elizabeth who was also pregnant with child then. And the demeanour, heart of service and humility of Mary was clear as she praised God in the Magnificat, afterwhich she stayed with Elizabeth her cousin and served her for three months (Luke 1:56).

It struck me really hard that she was a perfect disciple of Jesus. This is Catholicism’s most misunderstood figure or Catholicism’s best kept secret – unknown to lukewarm and/or misinformed Catholics (like myself). Whatever way you choose to think, it’s really worth taking another look at Mary again.

Knowing Mary has been a turning point in my life. It’s easier to pray and come closer to the heart of Jesus through Mary. She’s a gentle Mother and wants the best for us. And I can say, that every burden seems lighter because she carries it to Jesus, for us. Grace abounds in every situation. Everyday.

Looking back, I can truly say that my Mother has been there all along.
And she watches and prays for her children – you and me.

Pray for us Mother of God, that we might be made worthy of the promises of Christ!
Totus tuus.

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“The most holy Virgin… who never lets herself be outdone in love and liberality, seeing that we give ourselves entirely to her.. meets us also in the same spirit. She also gives her whole self, and gives it in an unspeakable manner, to him who gives all to her. She causes him to be engulfed in the abyss of her graces. She adorns him with her merits; she supports him with her power; she illuminates him with her light; she inflames him with her love; she communicates to him her virtues: her humility, her faith, her purity, and the rest. In a word, as that consecrated person is all Mary’s, so Mary is all his.”
– St Louis de Montfort

Cassandra Lim

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