Month of Mary – May Devotions – Day 11 – The Heroic Patience of Mary
This virtue is a must for me, Mother! I have been longing and praying for it. Please, I am waiting for your heavenly treasury to open and shower on me this special virtue. A virtue that the devil dreads! A virtue that is the foundation of all Christian traits. Your daughter and my elder sister St. Teresa of Avila says that “Patience achieves everything.” Everyone struggles for patience and it is a special need that is so critical for the priestly office you had asked your Son to accord me. My dear companion of the spiritual life, are we on the same page? Please if yes, ask our Mother for the virtue of patience. She has it in quantum. Let us humbly kneel with our Rosaries in our hands and ask the Lady of the Rosary to give us the patience to learn to pray our Rosary and for every bead of the Rosary to translate into deeds especially the deeds of patience. From my observation and experience, many have lost their jobs and vocations because of lack of patience. Many marriages have crumbled and others are increasingly becoming epileptic in outlook because of deficiency in patience. Again, many cannot sustain their relationship with God because of the menace of impatience. This restlessness of mind and heart can be handled by our Lady of good counsel. Therefore, Mother come to our aid and empower our intellect, will and understanding with your meekness. Amen.
Mother you demonstrated patience when you experience the loss of your Child, Jesus in Jerusalem (Luke 2:41-52). Give us your patience that manifested at the wedding feast at Cana. There after your legitimate request for wine, your Son asked you to wait as it was not yet His time to act and as a heroine of patience you simply told the servers, “Do whatever He tells you” Hmm! We do say rather we can’t wait! And we end up in wrong places and hands who end up traumatizing us.
Patience is the ability to suffer for the sake of perfection or holiness. We see your patience in the scene that you were unjustly accused of committing adultery against God and St. Joseph. What did you do? You simply handled the situation with your patience. Hence, your Son who had learnt a lot from you in the home of Nazareth states “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth (Matt. 5:5).
Prayer: Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.