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Weekly Reflection: Mary's Joy

In an instant, my whole life changed... who would believe me?  A teenage mother without a husband... and a fiancé who would never believe I had not been with someone else...

In an instant my life changed forever... and so did the world...

I was reminded of the story of Hannah, the mother of Samuel in the Bible. I had learned that story on my grandmother's knee. The miraculous conception and birth of the great and mighty Samuel... and suddenly my heart was filled with joy, even in the midst of all the fears and unknowing. God would see me through this... God had brought me this far... I am not alone...

And I began to sing Hannah's song as my own: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord..."

Now pray....

 

Father Mike Boutin is the co-pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, Walpole, MA, and travels widely, leading pilgrimages throughout the world to various Catholic religious sites. He is a frequent speaker on liturgy, music, spirituality, and pastoral ministry.

12/15/2009 5:00:00 AM