March 8 – Our Lady of Graces (Italy, 1487) - St John of God
Mary never frightened anyone. That’s the way I want to describe her first of all. Remember when the apostles were afraid before Pentecost? They asked her to stay with them and prepare them to receive Jesus in the upper room of the Cenacle.She knew how to rejoice, even to have fun, as we see at the wedding in Cana, all the while remaining attentive to other people's wishes, even the simplest folk. She knew how to mingle with those around her, she talked with the women of Nazareth and raised Jesus with patience, kindness and humility.It is important to invite the Holy Family of Nazareth into our homes, so they can teach us how to be like them and how to act in times of difficulty. We see in the Gospel (…) that the Holy Family went through very trying moments. Joseph and Mary worried, looked for Jesus, then talked with him and accepted what he told them. Everything was done without violence, but with gentleness and humility.
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