• January 26, 2013

Making our Life a Magnificat

Anastasia, one of Elizabeth’s daughters

by Elizabeth Sutton, Member of the St Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity

On December 30th and 31st my hus­band, chil­dren and I attended the annual retreat for the Fraternity of Saint Maximillian Kolbe at the Heart’s Home in Brooklyn. The theme was the Eucharist, and it was so moving to con­tem­plate together the meaning of John Paul II’s call to have, like Mary, a "Eucharistic Attitude" and to "make our life like Mary’s, com­pletely a Magnificat." We con­cluded with a mass right at Midnight on the 31st, with Fr. Gonzague raising the Eucharist just as the ball dropped in Times Square.

It was beau­tiful, but I didn’t begin to realize the meaning of the retreat until a few days later when I received a call from family in Minnesota saying my mom had Influenza and needed to be hos­pi­tal­ized. I had no idea that I would find my mom strug­gling to breathe and that after one night with her the doc­tors would tell me to call in all the family to see her because she might not make it. I had no idea that my mother would ask me between coughs and gasps for air, "Is this worth it?"

Through all of this I car­ried with me the idea of making our life a Magnificat, and this helped me to give thanks instead of turning to despair or blame. I could give thanks for my mom’s life, for my sib­lings, for the priests who anointed her, for all those caring for her. I thought of offering the Presence of what I had received in Christ instead of my own weak­ness.

We are so thankful that after many days in Intensive Care my mom is on her way to a full recovery. I am so thankful to Heart’s Home for the beau­tiful begin­ning to 2013.

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