Monday, December 8, 2014

Complete Surrender {on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception}

God knew that Mary would consent to be the mother of Jesus, so He sanctified her at the moment of conception, preserving her from original sin.

On this day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I focus my thoughts on Mary's total surrender of her will to that of God's. She gave herself to him completely and trusted that He would take care of everything. 

I want that kind of trust. I want to abandon my fears, and say to God "Let it be" and not have any worry of what will happen next. For many months, I have been back and forth to my doctor, trying to figure out the cause of physical pain that I am experiencing. As I move through my day, I worry about the what is happening inside my body, and I play the "What if..." game with myself, stressing over all the details. 

I have become a slave to my pain and worry. For some time, I have been feeling stuck in this place of pain and exhaustion, and feeling unable to control what is happening to me. 

But I know that there is freedom in giving my worries over to God, seeking His will and believing in His care. I need to give up my idea of control, abandon my worries and concerns to my Father in heaven, and be open to what comes tomorrow no matter how scary and uncertain it seems.

So today I offer prayers of thanksgiving to my father God, who loves me and takes care of me despite my foolish thoughts. I ask Mary, free from sin since the very moment of her conception, to pray for me. I pray that my faith increases, and I surrender myself completely to God. May I always trust in His care, love, and mercy. 

Today I will abandon all my worries and completely trust in His goodness. Tomorrow comes whether I am down with my worry or lifted up with hope. May I always seek God and have a trusting heart full of hope. 

Do you have worries? Are you stuck in a place of fear? Lift up your uncertainties and sorrows to God, and ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede on your behalf - not only today but every day.

Prayer to the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary
Father, the image of the Virgin is found in the Church. Mary had a faith that Your Spirit prepared and a love that never knew sin, for You kept her sinless from the first moment of her conception. trace in our actions the lines of her love,in our hearts her readiness of faith. Prepare once again a world for Your Son who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.


  1. This is beautiful! I can so relate to the feelings of worry and fear. This past summer I tried (didn't finish) to do the total Consecration to Mary through the book 33 Days to Morning Glory. One thing that really stuck out to me was that when we turn our lives over to Christ and turn to Mary, she sweetens our cross. It's still a cross, but it's easier to bare. So whenever I feel myself getting overhwlemed iwth worry and fear, I pray "Mary, sweeten this cross" and I feel more peace about everything.

  2. This is a timely post for me. Thanks for sharing.


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