Life is a journey. It is Mary’s version of the young Tobias who goes upon his way, accompanied, guided and guarded by the Archangel Raphael, from wonder to wonder, until the happy climax when all is unveiled to the glory of God and to the greater advantage of His servants.
We are the children of God by baptism. All our being, physical and spiritual, moral and supernatural, comes from God. We have entered by birth and through grace upon a double life, we are on a journey, and our goal is the conquest of an eternal, not a temporal heritage.
Who will go with us? Our Guardian Angel? The ministers of the sacraments? Doubtless, but beside them, one greater than them all.
And who then? Mary, the Mother of God and our Mother. More mother of our souls through grace than our earthly mothers are, according to nature, ‘from our baptism, she takes us into the house of our Heavenly Father and accompanies us in life.’ The journey we have to go is a formidable one and yet necessary and terribly important: the journey of life. We have to win a heritage on which our destiny and our eternal future depend: the kingdom of Heaven.
(To be continued.)