One of my favorite prayer devotions is the Seven Sorrows of Mary. During Lent I am praying it every day, with a very Catholic twist. In addition to offering my usual intentions, and the intentions of everyone who has asked for my prayer, I am PRAYING BIG. When I was an Evangelical Christian, I prayed daily. But I didn't PRAY BIG, as I do now that I am a Catholic. Here is what I mean.
When I pray, I pray for everyone in the whole world who needs prayer at that moment. I ask for our blessed, sweet heavenly mom, Mary, to join in and pray with me. Maybe you already do this! To me, it is a new idea. Who am I to ask God for such big things? His very own daughter! And I know He listens to me.
The first Sorrow of Mary takes place when she and Joseph take Baby Jesus to the Temple in Jerusalem to be blessed. The old prophet Simeon sees them and right away he recognizes the Messiah. He blesses Jesus, and then tells Mary that a sword will pierce her heart. He doesn't tell her what that means but we know, because we know the rest of the story.
Mary ponders her words in his heart. She hangs on to them and thinks about them. One day she will recall them - when she is suffering because of the suffering of Jesus.
When I pray BIG, with Mary, for this sorrow, I pray for all parents who are suffering because their children are suffering. Every single parent in the whole world! Right now! Every mom who hurts. Every dad who worries. I pray that Jesus would give them hope. That they would turn their worries over to Him. And that they would bear that deep wound knowing that ultimately it is God's problem. I pray that they would trust, as Mary did. And I ask Mary to pray for them.
Pray BIG. Pray for the whole world. It is an act of mercy that every one of us can do for others. And it is very Catholic!
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I am a Catholic wife, mom and grandma. In 1995, after Bible college and a few years as an Evangelical Missionary, I was received into the Church at the Easter Vigil. These are my personal musings on Scripture, prayer, and living close to Jesus.