So this past week my kids attend a VBS (Vacation Bible School) camp which they have never done before. I asked one day what they learned about and they told me they were taught that Jesus is the only person to be free of sin. However, as Catholics we believe that Mary was also free of sin. She was the Immaculate Mary.
I thought about leaving the Catholic Church at one point and Mary is one of the reasons I stayed. God picked ONE woman to be the mother of his son, Jesus Christ. How could any of us be chosen to be the mother of God the way we are? We couldn’t. Any average woman wouldn’t do. God picked her and created her to be different from all of us. I get chills just thinking about it.
Jesus was free from sin and in order to give birth to the son of God I believe Mary had to be too. To me it just makes sense. She was full of grace and she was the chosen one by God.
I have a portrait of her above my bed and whenever I struggle at parenting, I look up at her and ask her to help me be more like her. I ask Jesus to show me the way to be more like his mother. She is a role model for all of us and deserves that recognition.
I know that many non-Catholics can quote to me different verses from the bible arguing against what I have stated but that is the amazing part of my faith. My faith has led me to the knowledge of how special Mary truly is and how she is up there with God watching over me. She will always be there for all of us. She along with Jesus know what pain truly is so whenever I am suffering I know they understand and are there to build me up.
I wish that everyone felt the connection I do to her. If you will allow yourselves to be open to her you just may feel the same connection. It is an unbelievable feeling.
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