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Mary as an Antidote to Sin & Temptation

There are innumerable temptations and sins which afflict modern men and women. Honor given to Mary may be an antidote to many of these. Mary says YES to God when so many say NO. God was at the center of her existence. We push God off into the periphery of our lives and sometimes with a loss of faith, under the rug. We pretend that we do not need God and that we have a large level of control over our lives. This is a lie, though, and sooner or later mortality fails us.

Mary, on the other hand, humbly submitted herself into the hands of God. She trusted in his providence which called her forth and imbued her with the mystery of mysteries, the incarnate Christ. She was chaste and pure, qualities no longer deemed as having value. She accepted her miraculous motherhood. Today many women run away from this noble vocation and either medicate their fertility away or destroy the child in the womb.

Where do we find ourselves in the story of Jesus and Mary? Are we defenders of decency and champions for the Gospel of Life? It may be that some of us have compromised ourselves. Mary, like Jesus, will always embrace the prodigal who comes home.

We should not dismiss the guilt and shame we feel; rather, there should be acknowledgment of fault, repentance, conversion, renewed faith and healing.

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