For many reasons, I stopped going to mass and being a part of church, not long after my Confirmation in May of 1971; I think I made it to somewhere along the line in 1972. For many other reasons, I continued to stay away until I participated in mass in late September of 1990. 18 long years.
During that time I explored a lot, and I do mean a lot. First stop was to delve into my Jewish heritage. My Aunt Roberta, who was my grandmother’s sister and the only Jewish relative I had regular contact with at the time, even bought me a Star of David and chai charm to wear on my necklace. I think that she was generally ambivalent about such things, but she was trying to be supportive in her own way. In any case, I did not end up becoming an observant Jew.
Then came all sorts of other things. My father was a great seeker, so we had lots of books about every sort of religion. I read them with great vigor, but did not find a place to stop. Islam. Hinduism. Buddhism. The exotic nature of all of these faiths had great appeal to me, but they were not for me. (I did have a later foray into Buddhism that did not ever develop into anything.)
There was never any doubt for me, ever – about God. My belief in Jesus as Christ was what kept me from becoming some of those other things. So why not explore, beyond my reading, some other form of Christianity?
Well, it comes down to this… No Mary? No Fran!
Jesus was never negotiable, but then again – neither was Mary. Ever. And it was through Mary that I came back to church, and look where that has lead me! Honestly, if not for my connection with our Blessed Mother, I honestly do not know where I would end up. Jesus is the Good Shepherd, but Mary is with Him on this, calling us home. And that is exactly how I ended up here.
May is the month of Mary and today’s post begins what I hope to be a series of reflections that I would like to offer about our beloved Blessed Mother.
To that end, what do you think about Mary? Send me your thoughts in the comments, or if you wish to be private, let me know that you have something to share through the comments and I will reach out to you.
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