18th July

Saturday is a day traditionally given to contemplating Our Lady and her role in Salvation History. Joachim AnneTomorrow week we celebrate her parents who according to ancient sources were called Joachim and Ann. If you would like (a day late!) to start a novena to St Ann, click on this link for the prayers http://www.praymorenovenas.com/st-anne-novena/.

The following is a reflection on Mary as a model of faith from the online journal ‘Journey to Our Lady’.

How often do we feel we are at the end of our rope? When we see life turned upside down and inside out with traditions that were once held dear being whit-tled away, it is difficult to know what to believe in anymore. We cannot help but wonder, where is God in all of this?

Some will say God has not withdrawn from us, but we have withdrawn from God. Perhaps there are those who have purposely pulled away from God, but what about those of us who are just finding it hard to stay close because of all the changes around us?

Where do we find the strength to hold on when we feel God slip away and our prayers go unanswered? Mary. Mary was, is, and always will be our Mother. She knows our fears, she knows our trials because she had been through it all. She knows what it is like to have her life changed forever — first when she said yes at the Annunciation and then when she saw her beloved Son crucified in order to save all of God’s children. Through it all, she never stopped praying, regardless of whether she thought her prayers were being answered or not.

Remember, faith is not meant to be abstract. When something is seen in the abstract, it can be easily put aside. Mary wants us to develop a deep and personal relationship with her Son and it is with that faith we can stay strong through all of life’s challenges just like our Blessed Mother. Let us continue our Journey.