Month of Mary – May Devotions – Day 24 – The Diligence of Mary!
It is very easy to work hard and attain material goods and possibly fame. Thus, we have armed robbers, kidnappers, prostitutes, and other men and women of the underworld who calculatedly but mischievously achieve their aims. But it is not an easy task to work and be consistent with overcoming vices and defects according to Thomas à Kempis. He explains, “It is harder labour to withstand our vices and passions than to toil at bodily labours (and needs).
Diligence begins with faith in Jesus because there is the belief that only Jesus can do what He can do and should do, while we are to do our best and trust in our abilities that are graced by God. Our special responsibility is to cooperate with Jesus through the confidence we have in Him, simply because He does not for us what we can do for ourselves.
Diligence is the virtue we apply to learn from our mistakes and failures rather than giving in to self-pity and regret. It seeks for improvement. A diligent person accepts criticism (s), and instead of complaining or gossiping, he/she prays and listen by learning from critiques. Diligence is determination that informs us and expands our awareness that all things work for the good of those who love God (Rom. 8:28). And diligence affirms that we can bear difficulties and disappointments through doggedness to final tranquility.
The diligence of the Blessed Virgin Mary is contained in her everlasting sermon “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2;5). Here we see a persistent and persevering mother who at last cooperated with her Son to bring His hour to perform His first miracle through.
Prayer: Dear Mother, you are the Help of Christians, come to our aid and help us to be diligent and committed in our spiritual and temporal life. AMEN.
We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions in our necessities,
but deliver us always from all dangers, especially the danger of slothfulness
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
May the Divine assistance remain always with us!
OUR LADY HELP OF CHRISTIANS – PRAY FOR US