Call it love and devotion, call it a mom's adoration
And all the fall things continue! This time, my friends and I put on our poncho scarves and ventured to a pumpkin patch! What we found was way more than just a pumpkin patch though. Talk about all the fall things! There were farm animals- llamas, cows, sheep. The baby goats were my favorite (so stinkin’ cute). I really wanted to ride the ponies, but sadly, I was over the weight limit and I’m still pretty bummed about it. I settled for a hay ride instead. On this ride, I wrapped my poncho scarf around me tight and started to reflect on how Mama Mary (Mother of God) does the exact same to me with her Mantle.
Mama wraps me in her Mantle and protects me. She holds me close the way she held baby Jesus, close to her heart. She never takes away from her Beloved Son, but brings me closer to Him. I feel the closest to her when I receive the real presence of Jesus in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, where my heart is aligned with His Most Sacred Heart and they beat as one like they did in her womb.
My relationship with Mama was nonexistent before my reversion back to the Catholic Church my sophomore year of college- a story for another time (I did say I was going to be more vulnerable, right?). But even then, I didn’t fully understand her importance until I spent some quality time with her through Father Michael Gaitley’s 33 Days to Morning Glory Do-it-yourself Retreat.
As a woman, it is easier for me to relate to Mama because I know she understands a feminine heart. When my feminine heart is scared, I go to her and meditate on the Annunciation. I think about how she too was afraid, but chose to have courage in the Lord to say “yes” to His Will. When my feminine heart is overjoyed, I go to her and meditate on the Visitation. I think about her moment with Elizabeth and how much joy they radiated from being together and doing God’s Will. And like Elizabeth, say “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1:42). When my feminine heart is sad, I go to her and meditate on the Passion. I think about how her eyes met her Son’s as He suffered on the Cross, how her sorrowful heart was pierced as she held His body after He was taken down from the Cross.
It may have been easier for me to open up to Mama because my earthly mother played and continues to play a huge role in my life (love you, mommy)! If you don’t have a strong relationship with your earthly mother or a relationship at all with her, first off, I’m so sorry. I know that probably doesn’t mean much, but I understand to some extent. My parents divorced when I was three and I don’t have a strong relationship with my earthly dad (working on it though- hi dad!). Second off, know that there is so much hope because you have a Heavenly Mother who wants to have a relationship with you so that she can protect you and bring you closer to her Son. This holds true whether your earthly mother has a big, small or no role in your life.
All this Mom talk has got me wanting to spend more time with her! So with that being said, I would like to invite you to do a Marian Consecration with me on November 29th and end on January 1st, the Feast Day of Mary, Mother of God. I’ll be using the Preparation for Total Consecration according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort that coincides with True Devotion to Mary. If you haven’t done/ would rather do the 33 Days to Morning Glory, that’s great too! Whichever is totally fine! See below for all the books I’ve mentioned. I know this is a big step and it’s scary, but I encourage you to take it to prayer and see what God has to say about it. Maybe even meditate on the Annunciation?
And back to what led to all of this- my tartan plaid poncho wrap is from the Wooden Nickel, a little boutique in Stillwater, OK (go pokes)! I paired it with jeans and red flats from j.crew factory and a light brown Kim Rogers sweater. Carina (to the left, to the left), wore her chevron ombre poncho wrap from banana republic factory with jeans from the gap- a good place to find jeans for all my tall gals out there (living the 5'3" life, so I wouldn't know), black shirt from target, and black carlos by carlos santana booties. Sally wore her buffalo patterned poncho wrap from madewell with black joggers from zara, black turtleneck from uniqlo, and black mule shoes. Get similar looks below! Aren’t they the cutest? And I’m over here with a pumpkin on my head, but thankful they’re my friends and deal with my weirdness. And special thanks to my friend, Katherine, for taking these pictures!
As always, thank you for reading! I hope that you will take my invitation to prayer and like Mary, with a strong, courageous heart, say “yes” to whatever the Lord is calling you to.