Mary Shaye Brost
Mary Shaye Brost

OREGON CITY — We often do not think about it, but Mary was only around 13 years old we she said yes to God. That is really young to be the mother of God.

While Mary was conceived without original sin she could still have doubts and concerns. This is why it is so important for us to pray to her and ask for her intersession. She understands what it is like to not know God's plan for us, to be worried about the future. Not only that but she is the closest person to God because she is His mother.

Saint Louis de Montfort wrote in his “Secret of Mary”: 'If we would go up to God, and be united with Him, we must use the same means He used to come down to us to be made Man ... This means is a true devotion to our Blessed Lady.'

To become fully united to God, we must go through Mary. She knows what her Son has planned for us. When we ask for her intersession she can guide us on the right path and help us understand her Son's Will. We just have to ask her.

One of the most beautiful ways to pray to Mary is the rosary. She herself asked us at Fatima to pray the rosary every day for the conversion of sinners. Another ways to pray to her is dedicating our selves to her, where we put our life in her hands which are then placed into God's.  

St. Maximilian Kolbe wrote: “Let us remember that … our perfection of dedication does not consist in a continual feeling or remembrance of it, but in our will.' Remembering to pray the rosary every day and dedicating our selves to Mary is not always easy but if we have a strong will we can succeed. God wants us to pray to His mother and she wants us to pray as well.

It has often been said that the Devil is almost more afraid of Mary than God. Mary is the ultimate weapon against the Devil because she is the closest person to God. Also she is the greatest example of a mother and a Christian. Following her example of 'yes' to God, we can receive the grace to accept whatever God chooses to send our way.  

The writer, a homeschooled high school sophomore, is a member of St. John the Apostle Parish Oregon City.