The Blessed Mother as YOUR Mother: Consecration Day 26


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:

While waiting to bring our daughter home from China, I had one very troubling thought. Would I be able to love this little girl in the same way as I loved my two biological sons? Remarkably, that concern was immediately erased the moment they brought Faith into the room and I met her for the first time. A mother’s heart can not help but love.

In today’s reflection, “which concludes the three days of ‘Mary’s spiritual motherhood retreat,” Fr. Gaitley reminds us that Mary was not given to us by Jesus from the cross collectively but individually. Mary is YOUR mother. If I, lacking the fullness of God’s grace, can manage to love my adopted daughter so thoroughly, how much more so can Mary, who is full of grace. As Fr. Gaitley eloquently states, “she doesn’t lose us in the crowd.”

To Ponder:

How does seeing Mary as YOUR mother impact your relationship with her?

Let Us Pray:

Hail Mary, full of grace, thank you for accepting me as your child. Thank you for loving me and guiding me heavenward by leading me to your Son.

Copyright 2015 Allison Gingras


About Author

Allison Gingras created the Stay Connected Journals for Catholic Women (OSV), including "The Gift of Invitation" and "Seeking Peace: A Spiritual Journey from Worry to Trust." Her ministry focuses on the grace of prayer, Scripture, and sacrament. Allison is the national WINE Steward for WINE: Women In the New Evangelization and hosts A Seeking Heart podcast.


  1. Allison, your poignant reflection has me in tears this morning, happy ones… thank you for illustrating with your love for precious Faith how much Mary can love me personally as a mother, MY mother. You’ve given me a true gift today.

  2. Allison, thank you for your beautiful reflection. Having Mary as MY mother in that personal and intimate way has been a huge comfort to me in recent years. We are a military family and live very far from home. There are days that my heart aches for the presence of my own mother. Mary holds me especially close those days.

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