Lenten Journey with Mary

Mother Mary’s prayer.
by Virginia M. Kimball, S.T.D. | Source:

Her prayer in the desert

"O Lord, hear my prayer … let my cry come to you.
Do not turn your face away from me.
When I feel abandoned and lonely,
listen to my troubles … hear me right away." (Ps 101)

Imagine Mary carrying her fragile newborn son,
wrapped tightly clinging to her warmth
along the desert trail … sand blowing, shrieking
cold winds tearing at her face, sobbing as she rides.

Prayer wells up in her heart, and she remembers;
she whispers softly to God this ancient prayer:
"I have become like a pelican of the wilderness,
like an owl among the pharaoh's monuments." (Ps 101:7)

Picture Mary finding shelter in a stranger's place,
Joseph and the host helping her to eat and rest,
fleeing refugees in the foreign land, welcomed
always in another woman’s home, a silent kind of stress.

Then again, begging God to obscure their way,
from searching Roman soldiers, and at best …
wand'ring in this desert stay, upon Nile's delta plane,
searching for another haven .. a grueling daily test.

Almost like a child Mary reminds this God: "We will not be
afraid of terror in the night, nor pestilence that walks in darkness," (Ps 91:5-6)
"Because I have made Yahweh, who is my refuge, my dwelling place,
no evil, no plague will befall us." (Ps 91:9-10)
"It is in You I place my trust." (Ps 91:2)


Reflection on the image:
In the image above, we see only the face of our beloved mother Mary. She is a mother who prays. Her eyes tell the story. She ponders all she has seen and known of God and God's mysterious ways. And in the compass of her heart she holds our concerns. Her eyes are large and prayer is her message. Her mouth is small and almost silent as she speaks to us. With her red mantle, a cloth covering her head, we know she is the mother of life. Red is the color of life. As we bring our prayers to her eye, she will lead us to Her Son, the Son she holds alway in her heart ... as any mother will do.


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