Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Phil 4:6-7

Friday, May 02, 2014

Return to Him through Mary

CHAMPAIGNE, Philippe de
c. 1644

In St. Josemaría Escrivá’s book The Way, we read: “One always goes to Jesus and one returns to him through Mary.” (1) The teaching is simple, and challenging. Referring to this point, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, his successor at the head of Opus Dei, said: “I once asked our Father, many years ago: ‘I can understand that we always go to Jesus through Mary, but why did you write, and moreover in italics, that one also returns?’ ‘My son,’ our Father answered me, ‘because when a person has the misfortune of separating himself from God through sin, he goes to Mary and She takes us once more to Jesus.’” (2)
Here then we have two statements: first, “One always goes to Jesus through Mary,” then “one returns to Him through her.” How so? Let us start with the first one.

We Go to Jesus Through Mary


  1. Hi Barbara,
    I've been behind on reading lately and just caught up here. I am so glad that you are doing this. I want to make a consecration in August and I should soon have a bit more time to prepare properly, when school is finished for the year (I am a school nurse). This couldn't be more perfect.
    I read your other recent posts, as well, and know that you remain in my prayers. You really do make sense, even, when to you, you don't know quite where things are going :)

    1. Hi Mary, Thanks for stopping in. Please remind me when you begin to prepare for your consecration. I will pray for you. It's a faith changer.


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