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It’s the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, and I had grand plans to do a post in honor of her.

And then life hit.

So you get, instead, this mish-mash post.

(Which might be more in keeping with my devotion to Mary, now that I think about it: very much immersed in what happens in the present moment of my life.)

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Speaking of the present moment, that Major Life Change I’ve alluded to for a few weeks? Well, it all comes to a head next week.

We’re moving.

There. I’ve said it.

And you’ll laugh when you find out that it’s essentially across the street.

Mary gets total credit for this one. Was it six or eight months ago that I gave up on a new house altogether and just accepted that we would be spending some time in this old house, spiders and wasps and all?

Yeah, well. Guess God had a different plan…and I can’t help but wonder if I had to just let go to let his plan work? Hmm.

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So back to Our Lady of Fatima (hope you don’t have whiplash). The always wise and lovely Pat Gohn has a wonderful article over at Patheos that you should read: A Bullet in Our Lady’s Crown.

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I can’t help but think, on this feast of Our Lady of Fatima–who called herself Our Lady of the Rosary to the children in Fatima–about my devotion to the rosary and how it’s the prayer I have to say to arm myself for my life.

If you’re NOT devoted to the rosary, I encourage you to give a decade a try today. Ask Mary to help you. Pick a mystery that seems to speak to you. And then…just like exercise (which is MY particular weakness)…just DO it.

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I wrote about Our Lady of Fatima over at Catholic Exchange a few years ago. She’s a great reminder to me that I can’t do it all and that I shouldn’t even try. Call it setting my priorities, call it living in the present, call it following God’s will: I call it Mary at work in my life. Learning more about her different titles and the reasons for them–including Our Lady of Fatima–has been one of the best things for me.

(“Thing” seems like the wrong word, but I’m not sure how to categorize it: educational practice? spiritual enrichment? obsessive stalking of Mary?)

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Mary’s role is ALWAYS to bring us closer to her Son. In that spirit, I encourage you to read my review and enter to win your own copy of Eric Sammons’s book, Who Is Jesus Christ? Unlocking the Gospel of Matthew. He’s generously donated a copy to CatholicMom.com, though, really, it’s a book worth buying. I was so impressed that I think I’ll be buying copies to give as gifts to those hard-to-buy-for people in my life.

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I want to end this post on a happy note. I feel very-VERY-VERRRRRY blessed. Some of my prayers–prayers I didn’t even really put words to–have been answered lately, and in a way far more wonderful than I could have imagined. If I’m quiet here on the blog (or dipping into the archives) in the next week, know that, despite any complaining you hear from me, that I credit Mama Mary with continuing to encourage me to do my best to cooperate with God’s grace and continue to try to rest in her Son’s arms.

Be sure to visit Jen at Conversion Diary for all of the 7 Quick Takes Friday posts.