It seems there is a title for every possible outfit Mary could wear, doesn’t it? When I first decided that I would write about Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament this week, it was something on the schedule, nothing really special or significant.
And then I realized, wading into the research, that Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament’s feast is May 13, which coincides with Our Lady of Fatima (a column I wrote the week prior, last week, and which you can read here). I didn’t know, making that schedule back in December, that I would have a nephew born on this Marian uberfeast, a double whammy of a feast celebrating two of her titles.
Isn’t it interesting how things work out? 🙂
I wasn’t raised Catholic, so in researching this series, I have been fully prepared to not know about a certain title for Mary. What has surprised me has been the number of times those Catholic-since-birth people have said, “I never knew Mary was called that” and/or “Wow! I never knew about that title!”
This title, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, is one of those never-heard-it titles. Oh, maybe you’ve heard it, and it probably makes sense if you’re Catholic. (And if you’re not Catholic, it probably sounds like more Catholicese and you’re either rolling your eyes or clicking through to read more.)
For me, Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is a reminder of how much I miss my weekly appointment with Adoration. Maybe she’s the one tugging at me, pulling me back to it (there’s a crazy-weird hour open in our program, and maybe I am the one who’s supposed to sign up…hmm…).
But, as with so many of my other columns on Mary, this title also makes me recall those tender moments of everyday life that Mary must have had, even though she had the Savior in her house. Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is a reminder of my priorities, but it’s also a call back to her Son, again and again. And that’s what Mary’s job is, to bring me back to the warm, open embrace of Jesus.
The column, if you’re interested in reading it, is over at Today’s Catholic Woman.
Image from Christine’s Nook