A Mary Moment Monday post
gomentor |ˈmenˌtôr; -tər|
an experienced and trusted adviser : he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915.
• an experienced person in a company, college, or school who trains and counsels new employees or students.
verb [ trans. ]
to advise or train (someone, esp. a younger colleague).
At first, it may not seem complimentary, the images of Mary that I hold close to my heart.
Mary, with an apron stained from her day’s cooking and her hair mussed from the humidity, standing in the kitchen and smiling, knowing how much her boys will enjoy dinner.
Mary, dark circles under her eyes, feeling totally at peace (if exhausted) rocking the small boy back to sleep who woke for a potty break at 3 AM.
Mary, gray-haired, feeling decidedly creaky, helping a young mother prepare her meal.
I picture her, so often, as perhaps more normal than she was. I see her as, probably, too much like me.
But if I don’t, I won’t be able to approach her. If I don’t focus on her humanity and how she chose to say Yes, again and again, I find myself unimpressed with her.
If she was a goddess, she wouldn’t be as awe-inspiring. If she had special “powers,” I’d be able to ignore her more readily.
But Mary was a woman–a wife, a mother, a friend–just as I am. While I could never be Mary, I can certainly turn to her for advice and hold her as my ideal.
When I think of the kind of wife, mother, and friend I want to have, I think of Mary. When I think of the kind of wife, mother, and friend I want to be, I think of Mary.
Mary, my mentor: can’t think of a better person for that role…and can’t think of a better example for myself.
Thank you so much for writing this. I’m currently going through RCIA and the last few days have been difficult ones. Trying to find a way to connect with Mary has been a frustrating thing to me. How is someone so flawed as I am to understand such a Godly woman? This is an image I can understand and relate to. Thank-you.
Kate, keeping you in my prayers. You are very welcome. I too have trouble
getting past my own faults and failings and finding common ground with Mary.
My devotion to her has only grown, though, as I see how much she loves
me…ME, as a person, as an individual. I pray you find that connection too.
Many blessings to you!
Have you ever read Our Lady of the Lost and Found? I think you might really enjoy it. I did.
Oh yes! I did really enjoy that book, Mary!
I’ve been tagged in a Lenten blog meme and now so have you http://www.cc.ductapeguy.net/2011/04/06/ive-been-tagged/ 🙂
Wow! A tag! Seems like it’s been a while since there’s been any of that
going around… 🙂
Thank you for this post! I’ve been feeling very worn out recently by motherhood. It made me stop to think that motherhood truly is the highest calling…which also might be why it is the hardest career choice. 😉 I’m going to try to be more like Mary today and see if that helps my attitude (because we really got off to a bad start this morning!)
Here’s hoping your day gets better!