Immaculate Conception

indexThe Blessed Mother Mary, full of grace because she was born sinless, gave her complete “Yes” to the visiting angel.  It may be difficult to identify with a “sinless person” but this author offers a beautiful reflection on the deeper layers of our lives, empowering us say “Yes,” every day.
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“It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living. I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s longing.
It doesn’t interest me how old you are. I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love.
It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon. I want to know if you have touched the center of your own sorrow, if you have been opened by life’s betrayals, or have become shriveled and closed from fear of further pain.
It doesn’t interest me if the story you are telling is true. I want to know if you can disappoint another to be true to yourself. If you can bear the accusation of betrayal and not betray your own soul.
I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty every day.
I want to know if you can live with failure, yours and mine, and still stand at the edges of the lake and shout to the silver of the full moon, “Yes.”
It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied. I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.
I want to know if you can be alone with yourself and if you truly like the company you keep in those empty and special moments.”
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About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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