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10 Things Virgin Mary Wants Every Catholic To Say No To

10 Things Virgin Mary Wants Every Catholic To Say No To

We can better appreciate her “yes” to God if we consider when she said “no”

“Sunny days wouldn’t be so beautiful if we didn’t have cloudy ones,” my mom used to say. And it’s true. When we have to grit our teeth to get through a cold front, we appreciate a warm day all the more.

Something similar can happen in our relationship with Mary. In order to value more deeply her “yes,” it helps to consider her “no.”

Let’s look at 10 of them:

1. She said no to every excuse or condition that she might have placed before God’s will. In realizing that she was the one chosen to be the Mother of God, she didn’t demand anything or make any excuses. She simply accepted.

2. She said no to vanity. The young women of her time could have dreamed of being the mother of the Messiah. When she was chosen, Mary didn’t lose her bearings or believe herself somehow above everyone else. She recognized herself as the simple servant of the Lord.

3. She said no to gossip. She didn’t dash off to tell the world about her mission and her baby. In fact she didn’t even tell Joseph … not even to protect herself.

4. She said no to self-centeredness. As Gabriel left, she didn’t settle down to spoil herself and have some rest. On the contrary, when the angel told her about Elizabeth, she got straight to work, thinking about others even in her own state.

5. She said no to special privileges. When she heard about the census, she could have asked God for some angelic assistance. And asked him again when they had to flee to Egypt. And again when Jesus was lost in the Temple. But she never expected God to send angels or extraordinary graces to help her.

6. She said no to dwelling on the “what ifs.” When she had to give birth in a situation very different than what she and Joseph would have wanted, she didn’t spend her time thinking about what could have been. She adapted to what God permitted and made the best of it.

7. She said no to living in a bubble. She could have shut herself off in a little world with Joseph and her divine Son, to relish the delights of living with such company. Instead, from the beginning, she gave her Child to others — to the shepherds, to the Magi, and later on, to the world entire.

8. She said no to the temptation to resist God’s plans. Mary revealed to St. Teresa that when Simon told her of the sword that would pierce her heart, she had a vision of the Passion. She saw the cross awaiting Jesus. She could have begun already then to beg God for a change of plans, but instead, she accepted. She accepted God’s plan to such a degree that at Cana, she was the catalyst for the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry.

9. She said no to the rejection she must have felt when presented with us as her children. From the cross, her Son entrusted her to the beloved disciple, and in doing so, He entrusted her to all of us. How difficult it must have been to accept this maternity — to be the mother of all of us whose sins caused the death of her Beloved. But again, she said yes, and not with hesitation or mere resignation. She told Juan Diego that it was an honor to be his mother. What love!

10. She said — and says — no to any lapse in loving us and praying for us. Mary didn’t nurse resentment at the disciples who abandoned Jesus on the cross. After the Ascension, she dedicated herself to prayer with and for them. We can imagine how joyfully she must have witnessed them full of the Holy Spirit, going out to preach as her Son had commanded. When she was assumed into heaven, she continued her role as our mother.

She is concerned for our needs and our difficulties and spends her eternity praying for us. She lives in the heavenly kingdom, attentive to the earthly one, still and forever the best of mothers.

Let us ask Our Lady to help us to imitate her in these times she said “no” and let us add three “nevers”: Let us resolve never to forget her, never to stop loving her, and never to fail to turn to her in our needs.

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided …

See What Happened To Three Young People Who Offended The Blessed Virgin Mary

See What Happened To Three Young People Who Offended The Blessed Virgin Mary

A Christian judge imposes an exemplary sentence and the whole country applauds.

Last week, three young Lebanese confessed to the Sunni Muslim faith entered a church in northern Lebanon and outraged a statue of the Virgin in that temple.

The three were arrested with the accusation of “offending religious sentiments”, a very sensitive issue in Lebanon, a country in which religious coexistence between Muslims and Christians has always been in a delicate balance.

Therefore, the judge of the North Lebanon Court that has taken the case, Josline Matta Khoury (who is Christian), decided to impose as a sentence the offenders to memorized a part of the Surah of Al-‘Imrân (The family of Imran ), a Sura of the Holy Quran that talks about the Virgin Mary and her family.

In fact, the judge decided that this was the sentence, instead of proceeding to enter them in prison, which was the penalty that would have corresponded to them. And when it has been certified that the young people had memorized the indicated part, he proceeded to let them go free.

And while some expected a negative reaction to this decision by the Christian judge, the exact opposite happened . In fact, many Lebanese, beginning with the country’s Prime Minister, who is a Sunni Muslim, Saad el Hariri, welcomed the decision with great respect and considered it a sign of culture, peace and coexistence.

Why Statues Of The Virgin Mary Are Surviving Disasters

Why Statues Of The Virgin Mary Are Surviving Disasters

Why Statues Of The Virgin Mary Are Surviving Disasters

With the recent spate of disasters, we have noticed several reported miracles of statues of the Virgin Mary surviving unscratched. What is happening and why?

Hurricane Harvey sparks a fire that destroys a home, but a statue of the Virgin Mary survives. A month later, a massive quake rocks Mexico City, flattening buildings. A church collapses, but inexplicably, a statue of the Virgin Mary survives without a scratch. And these are simply two cases of the same miracle happening all over. But why?

Most people are quick to point out an obvious problem with these stories. Homes are destroyed and lives are being lost, so who cares about a statue? After all, these are just statues. Any sane person would sacrifice a statue to save a home or a life.
But there’s a pattern here, and it’s a pattern associated with Our Lady. Certainly, there is a message here.

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Our Lady of Breezy Point survived Hurricane Sandy.

Indeed, there is. One of the most common depictions of the Virgin Mary is her standing on a snake. Our Lady of Guadalupe stands on a crescent moon, a symbol of Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent god of the Aztecs. In both cases, the meaning is the same: Our Lady triumphs over evil, sin, and death, thanks to her son, Jesus Christ.

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This statue survived the massive quake in Mexico, despite the collapse of the church all around it.

Likewise, when a statue of the Virgin Mary survives unscathed, the meaning is obvious to any believer. Our Lady, and our faith, triumphs over any disaster, misfortune, or evil. Even if we lose our lives on earth, the souls of the faithful live forever in perfect communion with God!

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A fire at a military base in Spain, did not dare burn this statue or the space around it.

So the miracles are there to remind us in our darkest moments that God still reigns. Our Lady still intercedes for us. The promises of Christ remain. The Bible is filled with stories of disaster. Disasters befell the Israelites. Even Jesus and his apostles suffered. The martyrs suffered. We suffer. But with God, we also triumph.

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This statue survived Hurricane Harvey after an electrical fire wiped out several homes.

So the atheists can sneer, and the cynics can roll their eyes, but those of us who are paying attention understand the message in these miracles. God is with us, now and forever, and will never abandon us. Even in our darkest moments, Our Lady hears our cries and intercedes for us.

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A second statue of the Virgin Mary inexplicably survived Hurricane Harvey and a subsequent fire causing many to notice a pattern.

Even amid disaster, our faith is not in vain!