I find Marian devotions really hard? Were it not so, we could not call them devotions.
Marian devotions are based on one thing: prayer. Prayer is something that may not
come easily! We recommend that despite feeling the contrary you keep at it. There
is an element of discipline in these things; think of it as if you do it out of love
and because you choose it so. Perhaps the key lies in thinking in terms of "love";
love for Jesus and love for Mary.
I get distracted praying the Rosary? It happens to
many people! Yet, think of the Rosary as the shore-line of the sea; waves come, to-and-fro.
Our Rosary may be similar! We may loose our focus for a moment but then we get back
to it. There is a beauty in this because it is so similar to our spiritual journey
in how we are sometimes away from God yet we return back to Him! As you pray, think
carefully on each meditation. What do I see, hear, feel in each meditation? Shouldn't
there be only one Mary? Catholics recognize only one Mother of God. Because of her
many graces and attentions, we may call her under different names or titles. These
titles are more like terms of endearment than anything else.
When we already have
Jesus, why have Mary? Jesus will always have the glory and the due recognitionas
the Son of Godthat he is! Jesus is the most important thing -Our God and Saviour!
Yet, Jesus himself gave Mary to all, we could not just refuse this beautiful gift.Mary is supreme amongst the saints for assenting to God's will in giving us Jesus.Devotion to Mary is simply saying thank you for her "yes" in being the vehicle for
Jesus’ birth. The statue of Our Lady of Europe with Child represents just that.
the purpose of Marian devotions? That we can model ourselves on Mary in bringing Jesus
to this world: to our homes, families, or friends and our environment.
When do I know
that I am loved by Jesus and Mary? It's not a matter of when, but of, that you are
already loved by Jesus and Mary. Their love is pure. Yet, our conception of love
can become tainted by present-day negativity or circumstances which has a big influence
on our "self-identity". Remember, despite society somewhat showing the opposite of
love, it can not be compared to how we are loved by God. So yes, you are loved and
prized and do not allow others or circumstances to change your mind.
What can Our
Lady of Europe do for me? We always start from love. A loving relationship is a two-way
process, such that the question would be changed to: what can I do for Our Lady of
Europe? Nevertheless, just think of what she has already given us: Jesus! This is
no small thing! The question to also ask ourselves is: are we happier and better
human beings because of Jesus and Mary?