What is my mission? Consecration Day 8

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Welcome to our 33 day Marian Consecration Retreat as we prayerfully anticipate the commencement of the Year of Mercy. Join us as we share the book 33 Days to Morning Glory: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC.

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Today’s Reflection:

My first school was Academia Santa María in Ponce, an industrial town on the southern shores of Puerto Rico. It was here that I first said a rosary with my classmates, and learned as a kindergartner that the “big” girls loved Mary so much that they had a club called las Bernarditas, named after St. Bernadette of Lourdes. Since my full name is María de Lourdes, I was amazed by the importance given to this club by older classmates. I found it provoking that the older girls also thought it important to ask Mary for her protection and intercession on behalf of each of us as “women.”

Even after all these years, I still have in a keepsake box the small ribbon and medal of St. Bernadette that I received upon joining the club!

As I read today’s entry, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this week our retreat will focus on St. Maximilian Kolbe, whose intimate devotion to Mary was particularly centered on how Mary revealed herself to St Bernadette of Lourdes—naming herself “the Immaculate Conception.”

It makes me smile to think how St. Maximilian Kolbe would have loved our Bernarditas club, and the emphasis that it placed on challenging each of us to develop a personal, intimate, and genuine relationship with Mary as our beloved Mother.

To Ponder:

How can I foster and practice today the “purity of intention” that St. Maximilian Kolbe professed with his life?

Let Us Pray:

Mary, Mother of God, pray that I may be worthy of the promises of Christ.

Copyright 2015 Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda

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María Ruiz Scaperlanda writes regularly at DAY BY DAY WITH MARIA: http://daybydaywithmaria.blogspot.com/ María is an award-winning author, journalist, and retreat facilitator. Her books include, “The Seeker’s Guide to Mary,” “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Mary of Nazareth,” and “The Journey: a Guide for the Modern Pilgrim,” co-authored with her husband of 33 years, Michael. María has been published broadly in the U.S. Catholic Press, traveling on international assignments in Central America and the Caribbean, Israel, Turkey, Jordan, and throughout Europe. Perhaps her favorite assignment was covering Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to her native country, Cuba. María and Michael reside in Norman, Oklahoma. They have four adult children, and are expecting their sixth grandchild!

8 Comments

  1. MY goodness we are SO ON THE same page Maria!! First – Purity of Intention is EXACTLY the words from today’s reflection I was drawn to as well. The things I thought I was doing for the right reasons are bringing little fruit making me really ponder for WHOM am I doing them. Second – today’s reflection prompted me to post on my Facebook way … “You ever wonder. ….What’s my mission in life?” The enormous response has lead me to believe – I am truly NOT the only one. Good fodder for contemplation today — these 2 thoughts are finally intertwining in my thoughts. I think Mary and St Maximilian would be pleased with that!!

  2. Maria, I loved hearing your story today. I look at your life and the body of your beautiful work and marvel at the ways in which you’ve allowed God to employ your gifts for his glory. Thank you for your question about “purity of intention”… I don’t have a good answer just yet for the question, but it’s on my heart today! I too love St. Maximilian Kolbe and can’t wait to spend this week pondering his life and lessons.

  3. The first thing that comes to mind for me is clarifying and purifying my intentions behind my writing. I have always struggled with a prideful desire to be noticed by others and I am trying to always question myself – am I writing this piece for my glory or God’s? I believe God is putting the desire to write in my heart so I’m trying to faithfully follow those ideas that seem to spring from no where. I think this will be a lifelong struggle, to continue to distill my intentions down until my only purpose is fulfilling God’s will.

    • Kate, I firmly believe that God knows my heart and understands the deepest desires of my heart — even better than I do! As my best friend used to remind me, even the struggle for purity of intention, even THAT… is up to God to do. The question I have to keep asking is, am I doing my part? Thanks for sharing, Kate!

  4. I so enjoyed the image of Mary appearing with two crowns for Maximilian Kolbe and asking him if he wanted them. I find it quite cool to actually have a say in my journey. And even though I do know that life is better when I surrender to His will it is still nice to know that it is ultimately my choice. I feel like God is saying “You can do this the easy way or the hard way” That is to say following His will as he lays it out or we can attempt to pursue our own desires before finally reaching His will for us. This is not to say that “easy” is without struggle, but I do believe, as others have stated, that God equips us with the tools necessary to carry us through troubled waters.
    The purity of my intentions is a lifelong battle that I fear I sometimes even deceive myself with the truest of intentions. Slowing down to consider my motives helps, however I am not always of sound mind to realize that.

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