Month of Mary – May Devotions – Day 28 – The Courage of Mary!
Courage is the willingness of heart and mind to face difficult situations in life without fear. This is usually determined by our conviction and trust in ourselves and ultimately in God our creator. As Christians, our faith will remain meaningful and fruitful if and only if courage is applied in our daily struggles. “David … said to Solomon his son, ‘Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished’” (1 Chronicles 28:20). These are the terms of courage that we equally hear from the Blessed Virgin Mary as she utters her words of total consecration to God and His Divine services and love. According to Sacred Traditions, Our Mistress, Mother, and Queen was offered to God at the Temple when she was three years old in order to serve God with other maidens. In the course of her service, she excelled and her courageous acts were quite obvious and admirable. She continued to demonstrate her courage for the divine love and service to God as she eloquently offered her words of Perfect consecration: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).
Today we pray for the gift of courage in order to face the dilemmas and intricacies of our world. As if the dictatorship of relativism is not enough, the cruel force or ideology of minimalism is gradually trending and beclouding our hearts and minds. Few children of God are disposed to take any risk for God and live above the normal standards. We are easily driven to satisfying the Law and not going beyond it. Hence the conversation between Jesus Christ and the rich young man in the gospel of Mark 10:17-27: “‘Teacher, all of these I have observed from my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ At that statement, his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.’” The foregoing is a demonstration of minimalism. Minimalism is the modern creed that says what is the least do it. The minimalist is always asking, “What is the least I can do?” It is about seeking to do minimally and get little rewards or results. Minimalism is a disease of the modern age, an enemy of excellence and the father of mediocrity. Unfortunately, this trend has invaded our Church and spiritual life. Fearless Mother, Virgin, Mistress and Queen pray for us to be courageous like you. Amen.