Names, Mary

Seems a shame to name a hurricane after such a lovely place, where they have Michelangelo’s David, Fra Angelico’s Annunciation, the Medici Palace, the Duomo…

king davidToday the Blessed Mother received the ancient name of the woman who sang the canticle of Hebrew freedom, after they crossed the Red Sea dry shod.

A lot of our loved ones have the same name. We rejoice today especially for the gift that all our beloved Marys are for us.

Let’s also remember: Every Christian name is sacred. When someone receives a name at the baptismal font, it’s forever—a name for eternity, a name written in God’s book.

Mary lived Jesus’ beatitudes. She had no earthly authority or wealth. She suffered and wept for justice, for the truth, for love of God incarnate. She hoped in nothing other than God.

Now she reigns in eternal splendor. She reads the eternal book with all our Christian names written in it. Can we not imagine that she runs her lovely finger along the lines of that book, passing her fingertip across each of our names, her heart filled with tender love and encouragement for the one she has in mind at that moment? Let’s imagine her, and let it dispel all our fears about anything.

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4 thoughts on “Names, Mary

  1. “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 towards us; and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus! O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! “

  2. I came across this song today and it made me cry. I don’t know how to put into words how this applies specifically, but guided by the Holy Spirit, I share them with you and ask God to speak to your heart as he does mine.
    “Think of your fellow man, lend him a helping hand.
    Put a little love in your heart.
    You see, it’s getting late; oh please don’t hesitate. Put a little love in your heart.
    And the world will be a better place, and the world will be a better place for you and me.
    You just wait and see. Put a little love in your heart.

    Another day goes by, and still the children cry.
    Put a little love in your heart.
    If you want the world to know, we won’t let hatred grow,
    Put a little love in your heart.

    And the world will be a better place, and the world will be a better place for you and me, just wait and see.
    Put a little love in your heart.
    Put a little love in your heart.

    Take a good look around, and if you’re looking down,
    Put a little love in your heart.
    I hope when you decide, kindness will be your guide.
    Put a little love in your heart.

    Put a little love in your heart
    Put a little love in your heart.
    And the world will be a better place
    And the world will be a better place,
    for you and me,
    just wait and see.

    Put a little love in your heart
    Put a little love in your heart.

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