Women’s History Month presented a special opportunity to celebrate our mission as a school dedicated to Mary and committed to educating young women to make a difference in the world. While we acknowledged many accomplished women this month – as a school community we paid special homage to Mary and her exemplary life. Mary graciously said yes when she was called by God and during Holy Week we are especially mindful of what this journey must have been like for her. It’s hard to imagine the pain she felt as she stood at the base of the cross.
Based on what we see in scripture, Mary was a woman of few words. But her actions speak volumes. Her life conveys the spectrum of human experience ranging from the deepest of sorrows to the greatest joy. It speaks to the value of quiet and loving service to others. It instructs us on how to have the courage to say yes to God’s calling and trust that we can do all that God asks of us. As we contemplate the choices and opportunities of life, we wisely ask – what would Jesus do – we can also challenge ourselves to ask – what would Mary do.
In this Easter season, we are reminded and live again the journey of renewal and redemption that can follow life’s darkest moments. Mary realized that too. Mary models this for us and so do many others in each of our lives. We are in the midst of difficult times with a worldwide pandemic and much division in our country, especially in the form of racism and hatred towards others. The Easter story and Mary’s life inspires us to imagine a world where we can conquer this darkness and make a better world for all.
Scripture tells us that “Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart.” She carried many burdens but also the love, faith, courage and strength to lighten the burdens of others. As we celebrate the joy of Easter and the Resurrection story – may we embrace the loving heart of Mary and pay her homage with loving hearts that bring hope to a world in need.