But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. In truth I tell you, anyone who does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. -Luke 18:16-17
Our Blessed Mother is the ultimate example of faith with her holy “fiat” or yes. As women of Christ we too can say yes! Whether it be large or small, Jesus cares only for the position of our heart, not of the greatness or success of the outcome. We can say yes in our everyday life, be it serving our families or friends openly, or in the quiet of our sufferings, if we offer it all with great love and faith we too can be an example like Mary. Pope Benedict explains its so beautifully here:
By faith, Mary accepted the Angel’s word and believed the message that she was to become the Mother of God in the obedience of her devotion (cf. Lk 1:38). Visiting Elizabeth, she raised her hymn of praise to the Most High for the marvels he worked in those who trust him (cf. Lk 1:46-55). With joy and trepidation she gave birth to her only son, keeping her virginity intact (cf. Lk 2:6-7). Trusting in Joseph, her husband, she took Jesus to Egypt to save him from Herod’s persecution (cf. Mt 2:13-15). With the same faith, she followed the Lord in his preaching and remained with him all the way to Golgotha (cf. Jn 19:25-27). By faith, Mary tasted the fruits of Jesus’ resurrection, and treasuring every memory in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19, 51), she passed them on to the Twelve assembled with her in the Upper Room to receive the Holy Spirit (cf. Acts 1:14; 2:1-4).
I invite us all in this Year of Faith to strive for a greater sense of faith and holiness. Pick up the Catechism of the Catholic Church and read the treasure within. Take time to read and meditate upon the Gospels. Attend The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Adoration when possible. Recite the Creed often and let it always be silently on our lips. God will faithfully do His part if we only do ours. With these amazing resources and unfailing faith we can transform the culture and show that real women, relying solely on Christ, can set the world ablaze!