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Mary our Model for OLA


Mary showed complete trust in God by agreeing to be used as an instrument in his plan of salvation. She trusted him in spite of her nothingness because she knew he who is mighty could do great things in her and through her. Once she said ‘yes’ to him, she never doubted. She was just a young woman, but she belonged to God and nothing nor anyone could separate her from him.

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

At our Professional Development Day on December 3 we spent some time looking at our code of conduct and have decided that, as we are Our Lady of the Assumption School, we should be looking towards Mary as our model of conduct.  The dogma of the Immaculate Conception tells of that Mary was born without sin and lived a life of holiness full of grace.  Who better to try to emulate than Mary, the first and best disciple. 

Mary’s life was not always easy but it was her faith and belief in God that allowed her to continue on, even when she was suffering. Mary was open to God’s will and said yes to being the mother of Jesus.  The angel Gabriel told her that her Son would be the Savior. Imagine not knowing what the child of God would be like?  How would Joseph react to the news? Would her parents and neighbors gossip about and scorn her, a pregnant and unmarried woman? How hard would it be raise a son knowing that he would be criticized and crucified for our salvation? It took courage for her to trust God even when things were uncertain.

Mothers are models of love and while Mary loved and looked after her own child, she also demonstrated love for others throughout her life.  When the angel Gabriel told Mary that Elizabeth was pregnant, even though Mary was pregnant herself, she quickly made the trip to go help her. During the wedding of Cana when the wine ran out it was Mary who went to Jesus and asked for His help. Mary follows Jesus’ command to love others as she selflessly loved her family, friends and neighbors.

As we start a new year, let us give thanks to Mary for without her there is no Jesus and no salvation for our sins. This year, let us try to follow in Mary’s footsteps by being open to God’s will, trusting in Him and loving God and others. Two things we can do each day are to take some time to thank God for the blessings he has given us and to continue to share our blessings with others. I am thankful for all our families who brought in socks to support our Advent campaign.  It is just another example of how generous our school community is in Sharing their Bounty with others. Your efforts will bring comfort to others throughout the coming year. The school community is already following Mary’s example and doing things for others without expecting something in return.  I challenge you to try to do this on a daily basis in the coming year. It is a huge task to strive for and we can pray to Mary our mother to intercede on our behalf. Have a blessed and safe holiday.  Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

  • Mary, you obeyed the call of God. Teach us to listen.
  • Mary, you carried the sacred in your words. Teach us to respect life.
  • Mary, you loved and followed your Son, Jesus. Teach us to live in love as Jesus commands.
  • Mary, you called Jesus to help others at Cana. Teach us to reach out to others.
  • Mary, you stood at the foot of the cross. Teach us hope, even in darkness.

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For us as Catholics, the new liturgical year started with advent and the preparations for Jesus’ arrival. God sent His only son in human form to earth and did this knowing that we would eventually persecute and crucify Him.  Jesus’ willingly sacrificed Himself for us knowing how His life here on earth would end. As if this wasn’t hard enough, Jesus faced many hardships throughout his life.

He was born in a stable after his parents were rejected at the Inn. Not long after Jesus was born, the family had to flee to Egypt to avoid Herod’s paranoia and massacre of innocent children. During his ministry, Jesus was criticized by the religious leaders of the day, the scribes and Pharisees and was ultimately betrayed by one of his followers. What relevance does this have for our world today?  Are not people rejected by others and made to feel not to belong?  Are not people persecuted and have to flee their countries of birth?  Are not people criticized and ridiculed by the “in crowd”? Are not people betrayed by their friends?  With the advent of social media, it has become so much easier to criticize and reject others.

How do we combat our human condition? We follow the example of God and Jesus:  with Love. God wants us to be His hands and feet today on earth and treat one another with Love. According to Pope Francis, our mission is to obey God and give Joy to others: “Love and joy are gifts we must ask the Lord for.”  We spread Joy when we express gratitude for the blessings that God has given to us.  We spread Love when do things for others without expecting something in return.  For this calendar year, take a moment each day to spread some Love and/or Joy.  This is a huge task and we will not always be successful but it is a goal to strive towards each and every day.

pope on love

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