Family Rosary continues our May reflections on the motherly role that the Blessed Mother plays in our lives. Often times Catholics are questioned, "Why not go directly to God? Why do you go to Mary with your prayers?" Well, I propose a few reasons why we, as Catholics, turn to the Blessed Mother, gaze upon her beauty, and ask for her prayers.
Today we will pray the Fifth Sorrowful Mystery: The Crucifixion. Being pregnant is an amazing gift because we are able to take part in our own Paschal Mystery and experience a small bit of Jesus’ words: “This is My Body, broken for you.” It’s been said a woman in labor is as close to Heaven as she’ll get earth-side.
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Today we will pray the Fourth Sorrowful Mystery: Christ Carries the Cross. Four months pregnant, the first trimester nausea and fatigue were well behind me, and I was looking forward to the renewed energy that all the pregnancy books promised.
Today we will pray the Second Sorrowful Mystery: The Scourging at the Pillar. The fruit of this mystery is purity and mortification. As a mom, you will have many opportunities to make small sacrifices every minute of every day. Even now, as an expectant mom, you have already made so many sacrifices and will continue to do so.
Today we will pray the First Sorrowful Mystery: The Agony in the Garden. I spent a good portion of my first trimester feeling guilty for how miserable I was. After all, I wanted a baby. I was grateful for the baby—at least, I was until the morning sickness and fatigue set in. After that, while I logically knew that my daughter was a gift, all I felt was sick, tired—and, yes, guilty.
Imagine the scene: Months after her Son’s Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven, the Blessed Mother sits in the home of the beloved disciple, surrounded by a small group of Christ’s followers. Having spent, at best, three years with their Messiah, these new Christians are eager to learn more about Him. Mary quietly and humbly shares the stories of the Annunciation, her visit to Elizabeth, and Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. She tells of Christ’s childhood growing up in Egypt and then Nazareth, the harrowing search for Him on the road from Jerusalem, and that time they both attended a wedding in Cana.