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Call Your Mother

Mother Mary knows each voice singularly. She hears the call, perceives the need, and rushes to her child’s side. This sweet Mother of mercy and grace will be there for her children in all dangers, difficulties, needs, doubts, and fears.

Mary knows your voice. She will hear your call, she will perceive your need, and then she will rush to your side. Call her now. She is waiting to hear your voice above all the others.

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Be Childlike

A childlike person has a heart that is uncomplicated and wise, loving, and trusting in God. A childlike person feels sheltered and safe in God’s love. He lives his life peacefully and without worry about the past or future. A truly childlike person can cope with, and even overcome, anxiety. A child knows that whatever happens to him at every moment was foreseen for him by the Father and will contribute to his formation. The childlike person’s only concern is to discover what God wants from him right now.

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Mary, My Healer

Do you want to be made well?

That is what Jesus asked the sick man at the Sheep Gate (called Bethesda in Hebrew). The man had been ill for 38 years. The blind, lame, crippled, and sick would go to the healing pool and immerse themselves—or have someone immerse them—in the waters (Jn 5:1‚Äì18).

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Mary Knows Your Voice

Have you ever been in a crowd—shopping mall, parish gathering, park, or family event—with lots of little kids around? At this event, did any of the children become lost or get into a tight spot and call out to their mothers for help? I’ll bet as soon as the child called out, the mother recognized the voice and rushed to the child’s aid. It happens all the time and in all kinds of situations.

Why? Because every good mother recognizes the voice of her child, even if it’s mixed with a multitude of other voices.

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Be Childlike—As Mary Was

Childish or childlike: Which one are you?

We all have someone in our lives who throws his or her weight around—figuratively speaking – to get their way. Perhaps it’s a coworker, family member, or even someone in our parish. Maybe it’s the person in front of you in the checkout line or the impatient driver on the highway next to you. It even could be you.

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Forgiveness Doesn't Mean Forgetting

Yesterday, I had a conversation with a friend about the notion of “forgive and forget.” Although it’s one often quoted, I believe it to be a false notion.

Forgiving is not the same as forgetting. While we must always forgive, there are times when we must not forget. Forgive and forget implies that we exonerate the one who has offended us and never again call to mind their actions. By all means, exonerate the other! Our Lord expressly told us that we are called to forgiveness and that we will be forgiven by our heavenly Father in the same measure that we forgive others.

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