Loving through Suffering like Mother Teresa: Consecration Day 31

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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:

Today, we review the three elements of Blessed Mother Teresa’s devotion to Our Lady: 1) thirst, 2) heart, and 3) covenant. A good way to sum up what Mother Teresa beautifully expressed is: “Jesus, I yearn to satiate your thirst for souls with all the love and suffering of my heart, through the total gift of myself to your beloved Mother.” Our Lady knows better than anyone how much her son thirsts for souls. If we let her, she will inspire us to love Jesus with her own perfect love. If we give her our heart, she will give us her own. If we give her everything and become wholly hers, she will possess, protect, enlighten, guide, and transform us.

Mother Teresa is famous throughout the world for her good works with the poor. But very few people knew, until her death, that she labored cheerfully through an intense spiritual darkness that caused her immense interior suffering. Cheerfulness does not come easily to everyone. Most days, I would rather growl than smile. It is hard for me to serve anyone when I am suffering. I would rather curl up into a ball and cry bitter tears far away from any prying eyes. The strength to serve others the way that Mother Teresa did in the midst of her own suffering is truly strength from God.

We know that Our Lady, Mater Dolorosa, Mother of Sorrows, found the strength to stand — not collapsed in grief and pain, but upright on her own two feet — at the foot of the Cross that bore her son, crucified, bloody, and dying. By consecrating ourselves to her, we receive her ability to pray, to love, and to serve despite suffering, sadness, and worry.

To Ponder:

Do I sometimes allow my own sadness to prevent me from serving those whom I love?

Let Us Pray:

Our Lady of Sorrows, give us the same strength that you displayed at the foot of the Cross and that Blessed Mother Teresa displayed throughout her ministry to the poorest of the poor. Teach us to satiate the thirst of Jesus with the total gift of our hearts.

Copyright 2015 Karee Santos

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Karee Santos is a happily married mom of six and the founder of the Can We Cana? blog. She and her husband Manuel Santos MD authored The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for a Lifetime (Ave Maria Press, 2016). They also write a monthly marriage advice column on CatholicMom.com called “Marriage Rx.”

5 Comments

  1. Pilar Dominguez Prieto on

    Dear Karee:
    I consagrated my life to our Mother throughout the method of saint Louis Grignon the Montfort. My husband and me work giving courses preparing couples to marriage, we have five children. We’re, really interested in your materials. Where can i find it. We live in Spain. We read an opinion of your , book in Facebook in a page called Aleteia.
    Nice to meet you. And close in our prayers
    Thanks in advance
    Pilar

  2. Karee, thank you for today’s beautiful reflection. It’s so clear to me that our world, now more than ever, needs a radical infusion of Christ’s love through our Mother’s intercession. But it can be so easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the evil in the world. Thank you for reminding me today that I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed by sadness at all that is happening, but also that I have a responsibility now more than ever to be God’s love in our world. And this begins in my home… thank you Karee. Have a beautiful day.

  3. Thank you for this great reflection! Yes, I am with you on the crying bitter tears in the corner, yes, I have allowed my sour attitude to prevent myself from serving those around me, and yes, I want to consecrate myself to our holy Mother , so that she can help me love others the way I ought!!

    My Prayers are with you and all those making this amazing Marian journey….Tuesday is almost here!

    blessings!

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