“You know those times in your life when you just can’t seem to get enough? I’m having one of those times. My prayer life isn’t enough. I want more. I feel like I need to go deeper.” This was part of my conversation with Wise Friend last week.
“That’s good,” he reassured me. “That’s a grace. God put that desire in your heart.”
When I saw Wise Friend for my usual monthly spiritual check-up, I was feeling restless and unsettled. Life was very busy last week and my calendar for July is jam-packed. It’s going to be an impressive juggling act spending more time with my youngest kids who are on summer holidays and meeting professional obligations as well.
But that’s not why I’m feeling this way. There’s a pull in my heart to seek more, pray more, spend more time in quiet. That’s quite a challenge given the state of my daytimer but the desire is not something I can ignore.
“Can I have something else to read?”
“Sure. What do you feel like reading?” came the reply as he surveyed his vast collection of spiritual reading.
“I don’t know.”
To non-Catholic Christians this may seem like a strange choice because of the mistaken notion that Catholics worship Mary, the Mother of God. We don’t. We pray to Mother Mary as our intercessor, relying on her to bring us closer to Jesus; asking her to bring us Jesus just as she did when she visited her pregnant, much older cousin, Elizabeth. The baby in Elizabeth’s womb, John the Baptist, leapt for joy when Mary came, and Elizabeth proclaimed, “blessed are you among women….why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me?” (Luke 1:43) That’s why the Blessed Mother is so important to Catholics.
Wise Friend explained his choice this way: Jesus is our life. Mary is our model.
My assignment, if you will, is to read this book and contemplate how Mother Mary’s words, attitude and events relate to my life. How do I imitate Mary so that the longing placed by unmerited grace in my heart by a loving Father brings me closer to Him?
I’m really excited. I’ve started reading and making notes. It helps that Wise Friend has his notes placed in the margins…..cheat sheets…….thank you. There will be many Hail Marys and and spontaneous prayers sent Heaven-ward to help me understand everything, I’m sure. Not to mention all the questions for Wise Friend. And that’s good.
So that’s my summer reading. What’s yours?