From a Creighton Student's Perspective
September 15, 2012
A sword may pierce? Yes, each and every day our hearts are “pierced by a sword,” meaning the words and actions that turn our hearts and thoughts away from the Lord will pierce our hearts. Mary was most definitely pierced by a sword when she endured the suffering and death of her son, Jesus Christ- death on a cross. By this suffering- this sword which pierced Mary’s heart- millions of people were revealed to the truth and the love of God. Our suffering, our swords that we must endure, are similar to Mary’s sword. When our hearts are pierced by a sword, or we bear the crosses that we must bear, we are setting the example of sacrifice for God. Mary set the example of self-sacrifice and complete self-giving that we must follow.
I just finished reading an excellent book, Pierced By A Sword by Bud McFarland. The book focuses on Marian Apparitions, the impact of prayer in others lives, and the future of the Catholic Church. While the book is fiction, it is based on the messages from Mary. This book gave me a completely new perspective on the great significance of prayer, especially prayer for others. Full of emotions of love, sacrifice, prayer, and understanding God’s will, Pierced by a Sword is a great read.
“To you, Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise.”
Lord, I pray that we may offer our lives to you as a sacrifice of praise. Help us to willingly accept the crosses that we must bear and the swords that pierce our hearts in sacrifice of service to you, Lord.
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