A couple of days ago I was getting a strong spiritual message from the Blessed Mother, a message of comfort and assurance in the midst of uncertainty. I was sitting at the kitchen table looking out the windows as a wonderful afternoon rain fell. I was looking at a large concrete statue of the Blessed Mother, and I remember thinking how beautiful she looked. And not only that! She was also smiling. In the moment I made a mental note that I had never seen a statue of the Blessed Mother smile like that. It seems like very few statues have smiling expressions, they all usually have a serious or solemn sort of look. But other than that I didn’t think anything of it thinking that the expression was just peculiar to that statue.
Anyways, in that moment I remembered back to a very special Christmas when I was about twelve years old. Early that morning me (probably no later than 5AM) and my brother who was about eight at the time got up. We were mesmerized by the beauty of the living room where the tree, the creche, and the presents were all wonderfully arrayed. We proceeded to stack all the presents according to who would receive them. Amazingly no one got mad at us for doing that even though we had basically ruined the aesthetic for those who would awake later. A bit later we got thirsty after all of our hard work. We used to drink gallons and gallons of milk so we sat down at the kitchen table, one on each side, and began enjoying a big glass of 2%. All of the sudden out of the corner of my eye I thought I saw the small statue of the Blessed Mother WINK! I turned to my brother and we both said “did you see that!” And then we looked back at the statue which had been placed in the window sill. She winked again as if too leave no doubt in our minds about what she had done! I was a small child but the certainty that the Blessed Mother winked at me and my brother through that statue has never left me even though I forgot for long periods of my life about this silly humorous miracle. Would you believe that Mother Mary has a sense of humor?
So today, the Feast of the Assumption, I was sitting at the kitchen table chair thinking about the nice experience I had a couple of days ago. I looked up at the statue and I saw a normal solemn sort of look. I took a double take because the last time I saw that statue the Blessed Mother had a smiling expression. Then it hit me. Before it was Christmas winks and today it was Assumption smiles. And maybe you are thinking what I started thinking right away, that the way a statute appears to you often depends on your mood. But the more I think back on it, how utterly and completely different the two expressions were, the more I think it may have been a little miracle. But either way I think it was a way for the Blessed Mother to reach me. I think little miracles happen all the time if we have the eyes to see and to accept them.
Anyways, I had been thinking lately how morbidly serious (not that this is a bad thing!) my blog has gotten as of late. I really am not that serious of a person so I hope this adds some joy and levity, seeing as how God Is Humor just as He Is Love. We don’t say God is humorous but rather that He Is Humor, and Justice, Hope, Love and Truth.
God is the I Am Who Am.
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His Saints.