Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. (Deuteronomy 6:4-5)

Holy Child Mary, gentle and humble of heart, you are the glory of Jerusalem, you are the joy of Israel, you are the fairest honor of our people!” (see Judith 15:9)

Reflection:

Who is Mary? Speaking to St. Bernadette, Mary herself answered this question in an interesting way. “I am the Immaculate Conception.” This is how she identified herself. We should think about that.

The Church gives us the Dogma of Mary’s Immaculate Conception (CCC 490-493) to enlighten us on the graces Mary was given from the beginning, and that she guarded, amazingly, all her life.

What were the graces of the child Mary and what was it like to be her?

Pope St. Pope John Paul II said in his Theology of the Body that Adam and Eve originally had the “peace of the interior gaze.” When they looked at one another they could each see the inner truth of the other.

As the New Eve, it seems that Mary would have seen people this way, too. Undoubtedly this kind of sight is a Gospel way to view other human beings. Jesus, in His teachings, was trying to get us to see this way, to live as if we did see this way. This leads us to that vision, by believing it in faith and love, even though we don’t actually see it on earth, as we will in Heaven.

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Little Mary, gentle, joyful, and humble of heart, make our hearts like your own, that we may reflect the love and life and joy that comes from the freedom of the children of God. 

Imagine Mary as a little girl; innocent, kind and wise. Take her hand and ask her to pray for you.  Think about your life, and what you need the most. Place your concerns in her hands to take to the Father. Know that her heart is love, and that it is filled with tenderness, and open to the Spirit. She does not judge you, but sees you in humility, purity, and simplicity of heart. She sees who you are in God. That is what she sees. Open your heart to her.

Then pray, “Hail Mary…”

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