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Meditation on The Annunciation

by Peggy Bowes

The Annunciation:
"Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)

As I prayed the first decade, I thought of Mary's unequivocal acceptance of the vocation of motherhood. She had planned to live her life as a consecrated virgin, dedicated to the service of God but humbly accepted her new role as Mother of the Savior. I am ashamed to admit that I sometimes resent my primary vocation as wife and mother, seeking other means of "fulfillment." Inevitably, I always come to the realization that motherhood is a Divine calling and that I need to put my heart and soul into this vocation to do it justice. I turn to the Blessed Mother as my role model. She never needed a day at the spa, tennis lessons or a new pair of perfect spring sandals. Instead, she devoted her entire life to serving her family and raising the holiest of all children. I do like to think that every now and then, St. Joseph or even Jesus Himself led her by the hand to the most comfortable of their meager chairs, poured her a glass of wine, and offered to do the dishes.

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Selflessness Of Mary
by: The Rosary Team

Thanks for the insightful meditation.

You are right, Mary was the perfect example of selflessness. We try to die to ourselves daily in an effort to become more like her, and as she reflected Jesus in all things, more like Him in the process.

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