Have you ever had a time when things just didn’t turn out right? Maybe you hoped to go golfing with your friends and it did nothing but rain. Maybe your efforts to rebuild a relationship are met with distain. Maybe your faith life seems to be dry and lifeless. Maybe your life’s hopes and dreams don’t seem to be developing as planned.
When things like this happen we can feel lost and abandoned. We may even get discouraged, losing all hope. It is in these moments that we can look to Mary. When our understanding of our plans and God’s will don’t seem to match up Mary can help us. She is a beautiful example of holding on to God’s mercy even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. During times that seem dark and despairing, Mary invites us to join her at the foot of the cross. Just when Mary’s hopes and dreams seemed darkest, as sorrow and grief were washing over her, Mary trusted God. She believed that God would bring good out of a tragic situation.There are times in our lives when all our efforts seem to hit a dead end, when all our plans turn out wrong. In those times, we can let Mary guide us on the path of courageous faith. Mary can help us hold on to our trust in God’s mercy even when God doesn’t seem to make sense. She can inspire us to surrender to God in humility and simple trust. At times like these we need to look to Mary.
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and lived in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, before entering the Monastery, She taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her first Monastic Profession in August 2009 and she made her Perpetual Profession in July, 2012. Her first ministry was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is the Mission Integration Manager of the Benedictine Health System.See all of Sister Lisa’s posts.