The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe reminds me that we can never hear the “yes” of Mary enough. It opened the door on human time and allowed our Creator to enter in and show us, through the words and actions of his only begotten son, how to better hear and see and love.
How might we draw our Holy Mother closer to our personal devotions? Here’s something I try: I once heard a choir sing the old Basque Christmas folk carol “Gabriel’s Message,” based on today’s Gospel passage. I was so moved by the arrangement of the words, and the tune that carries it, that I memorized it. What a wonderful way for me to pray this Gospel scene!
When the storms of life batter our faith, I find that the more “prayer tools” I have in my toolbox the better: different ways of praying; a wide-ranging litany of saints; age-tested hymns to hum as I go. Do you have a favorite hymn? Why not Google the lyrics and begin committing it to memory today? A comforting tune in dark places can be a candle to light the pathway forward.
—Joe Kraemer, SJ, is a scholastic of the West Province currently in Regency in the Advancement Office at Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos, California.