"We are what we believe we are."
C.S. Lewis

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Full of Grace

 I think that even if you are not a religious person it cannot be denied that images of the Blessed Virgin Mary are always comforting.
I think about Mary quite a bit at this time of year, of course, it is Christmas, but in times of trouble and sorrow I pray to her.  I was raised in the Roman Catholic church, where Mary is venerated not just as the Mother of God but as the Queen of Heaven.

She is also known as the Mother of all Sorrows.
 "Never was it known that anyone who fled to Thy protection, implored Thy help or sought Thy intercession, was left unaided."
-Memorare
Queen of Peace

We will be having a quiet weekend at home.  I'll be talking to Mary as I go about my chores, and praying for those lost yesterday and for those left behind. 

xoxDani


28 comments:

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    1. Andrea you're welcome and thanks for commenting.

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  2. Oh Dani, what a beautifully moving post.

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  3. Dani, thank you. As you are probably aware, I find great solace and comfort in my religion, and being Catholic is not just my once a week "I go to church." It is an ingrained part of my soul, and I am like you, I find that I call on Mary daily for the basic and mundane to the extraordinary and challenging. I was once told by a priest in confession (I was letting him know that I was finding parenting incredibly difficult) and he encouraged me to always pray to Mary for her guidance and support. I had known that, but his words stuck with me and now I don't go a day without prayer.

    I will join you in your prayers to Mary.

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    1. Dina thanks so much for your comment and thanks for joining me.

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    2. Well said Dina and ditto for me, I find great comfort when I pray to Mary as well.

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  4. Thank you for this Dani. Beautifully said.

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  5. This post made me cry - so moving and beautiful. I'm really in a heap over yesterday. I think I'll be reading your post a number of times this weekend.

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    1. Kathy me too, my heart is broken, I am glad if you have some comfort here.

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  6. Lovely words at such a difficult time.

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  7. To think that those wee ones will not have a Christmas and how the families will all be affected breaks my heart. I know they are with their angels in heaven. The Blessed Virgin Mary is very special to me as well!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series

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    1. Karen our only consolation is to think that Mary is protecting them right now. Bless them.

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  8. dani - such a beautiful post. I am so sad. I, too, have been praying for the families and for us all that we live in a time and place where this kind of thing can happen. I felt President Obama's remarks were particularly poignant yesterday. YOu feel helpless to help, but like you, I believe in the power of prayer.

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  9. Beautiful words and images. Thank you for your post. I too, have had a running talk going with Mary since yesterday.

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  10. Thank you Dani for those beautiful words... My weekend is just getting crazy as I have been silly enough to agree to organise a sleep over with 4 children!!! Take care.

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  11. Thank you Dani for these images as I was looking for encouragement today as my heart is broken. Bless the children.

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  12. Offering my prayers also Dani. Thank you for posting this.

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  13. Dani,
    Not one to comment - However this is the most beautiful post about the sadness that happened.

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  14. The fewer the words the better prayer. ~ Martin Luther
    Thank you Dani. (My local church is lighting 27 candles today.)

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  15. Such a beautiful post. I say our mourner's prayer in my thoughts. I have saidour mourner's prayer many times over the past few days. The events of Friday have been on my mind from the moment I rise until I fall asleep at night. I've hugging my big boys a lot more than usual. Thankful and heart broken at the same time that they understand. They are hugging back just has tight.

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  16. May their memory be for a blessing. And yes, Kaddish. And again and again.

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