Beginning a New Year with Our Blessed Mother
Many people like to make New Year’s resolutions, and I think that’s great. The turn to a New Year is often filled with hope and expectation for new and better things, which is awesome; however, it can be easy to let resolutions become mere wishful thinking or over-zealous bursts of fervor that fizzle out before even reaching March.
In the liturgical calendar January 1st is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. It’s fitting that we begin the New Year remembering that Mary, the Mother of God, is also our Mother. A quick doctrinal note, Mary is the Mother of God because she is the mother of Jesus. She is not God and she is not a fourth person of the Most Holy Trinity. Jesus is fully God and fully man; therefore, because Mary is the mother of Jesus, we can also say that she is the Mother of God. Now, Mary’s role in God’s plan for our salvation is essential. She is our spiritual mother in heaven, and God desires that we come to Him through her.
Some people say that we don’t need Mary because we can and should just go straight to Jesus. Of course, Jesus is the one intermediary (bridge) between God and men (cf. 1 Tim 2:5), but that doesn’t mean that others do not participate in His mediation. We are all asked to help each other on the path to heaven, and when we do so we are participating in Christ’s mediation. When we pray to the saints (those who are alive in heaven) we are asking them to unite us to Christ. Mary, however, has a special place in God’s plan. Through our baptism we become members of the Body of Christ. Since we are spiritually members of the Body of Christ, Mary is literally our spiritual mother. As our spiritual mother, Mary wants to help us grow closer to Jesus.
This New Year I encourage you to look to Mary anew in your spiritual journey. Perhaps you could resolve to pray the Rosary every day. If you don’t know how to pray the Rosary or you are a little rusty on some of the prayers, there are booklets in French and English in the CWL bookshop that explain the prayers and meditations. There are great books written on the Rosary, such as St. Louis de Montfort’s “The Secret of the Rosary”, which is in French and English, or you could go to YouTube and type “How to pray the Rosary” and you’ll find many excellent videos.
The Rosary is only a 15-20 minute daily commitment, but recruiting Our Blessed Mother through this prayer to help you grow in holiness in 2019 will transform your year!