Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Today begins a full year that I am devoting to writing to, for, and about our Blessed Mother.  It’s quite a commitment but I really want to have a focus on Mary.  With my consecration to Mary on July 15, 2013, my relationship has grown into a lovely friendship.  A high point was when Ashley gave me a small statue of Mary during our visit with her in Rome last January.

She and her friends traveled to Lourdes over the weekend of the Immaculate Conception and that is where she bought the statue.  That was exactly one year ago today.  She chose it because it was a soft shade of pink.  There were no other statues like it in other stores and no other color than pink.

She gave it to me the day before we left Rome; I believe it was January 8th.  Mary wasn’t pink when Ashley unwrapped her.  She was a bright blue.  We were all amazed and knew it was a sign of a miracle when my scans came back better than we could have expected.

Mary sits on my nightstand, where I placed her as soon as we got home.  Each time I see her, it is like she is saying, “hello, my friend.”  This past May (the month of Mary), we moved into a small home next to our church.  We just love it.  As we were settling in, I was walking past my bedroom and something caught my eye.  I stopped and looked at Mary with total amazement.  Mary’s color had changed from her bright blue, which she had been since I got her in January, to a soft, pale, minty color.  I could hardly believe my eyes.  I took a picture with my phone and sent it to Ashley.  The next few hours were filled with awe, trying to figure out what was going on.  When I took another look at the statue, it was back to bright blue!

Over the past several months, Mary has been changing color.  There is no pattern to the time of day, the day of the week, or even the shade of color that she is.  She has gone back to the pink that she was when Ashley bought her, to almost totally white, and shades of all of her many colors.

There are days when I can guess why she changed color, but I really don’t know if she is just trying to reassure me that she is here for me.  That’s just fine with me!

So, here we are.  On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary, I feel I am supposed to write about Mary. For what purpose?  That, I do not yet know.  I pray daily that I am able to say ‘yes’ to whatever I am asked to do, just like our Blessed Mother did, with grace and with a joyful heart.

When I woke up this morning, I glanced over at Mary, which is what I do every morning, I could see, even in the darkness, that Mary was not blue.  I turned on the lamp and there she was, pink as ever!  I took another picture as I smiled and silently thanked her for this beautiful gift.  I went out to the living room and prayed my daily rosary and I felt the urge to check on Mary, once the rosary was done.  Guess what?  She was blue again!  I took another picture and my smile was even bigger than it was when I first woke up.  Not only was SHE pink and then blue, the morning sky was both pink and blue!  So many gifts I was given this morning!  My mom told me that Fish Lake was even pink!

I have been so blessed and I want to give thanks for the blessings and the mercy that God has given me.  I want to continue to tell my “Mary story” to anyone who will listen and I hope by doing so, others may be filled with the love and joy from our Blessed Mother.

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