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:

Mary’s freedom from original sin would give her a gracious core of love, understanding and acceptance. How could Mary have failed to love or be merciful toward anyone? If we all could see within one another and understand each other we couldn’t hate any human being. We would be utterly merciful and forgiving. We would love one another as Christ loves us. As first among the redeemed, and free from original sin in a unique way, I think Mary would have seen the beauty and Godly purpose in every human being she saw, as we were all meant to do from the beginning, and that Jesus asks us to grow into. Like Mary, we are to be in this fallen world but not of it.

May she show us our Godly purpose, help us to deeply accept and love one another and even to see ourselves in God’s light. I imagine that Mary would have had an inner solidity of trust in God even regarding her own person, a trust that allowed her to rest in herself, with total holy confidence, as a child has rest in her mother’s arms.

Perhaps that is one of the secrets of spiritual childhood.

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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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