Reflection from Community Retreat

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Reflection from Community Retreat

This past weekend we were blessed to have a community retreat.  Fr. Andrew, superior of the Franciscans of the Primitive Observance, led our retreat. Throughout our weekend of prayer, we had sessions on Divine Mercy, the evangelical counsels, Our Lady and the Marian Vow and community life. 

One thing that stood out to me from many beautiful points Fr. Andrew made throughout the weekend was a statement made during the session on Our Lady.  He said:

“What is most personal is most universal.”

He went on to say:

“We’re all broken in different ways, but that brokenness is what helps to heal others. When someone close to us dies and we are not able to be present at the time of death, a frequently asked question is, ‘what were their last words?’  Why? Because when we die, we share what is most important to us.  In the 19th Chapter of John’s Gospel, Jesus hangs, dying on the cross.  He’s at the pinnacle of salvation – every moment at this point counts – and Jesus says, ‘Behold your mother’.  This is what is most important to Jesus, His mother.  The Scriptures continue to say: ‘from that hour the disciple took her into his home’.  In the Greek, it literally translates into: ‘from that hour the disciple took her into his own’.  ‘Into his own’ what? His home, His life, His work. Into his own everything! True devotion to Mary comes from Jesus himself. What is true in the order of nature becomes true in the order of grace. Not only is she the mother of Jesus but she is also the mother of the Church. Early Church Fathers called the baptismal font the ‘womb of Mary’.”

May we take Mary into our everything!

 

 

Written by Alycia

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