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“And Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word’” (Luke 1:38).
During this month the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple. It recalls the day when Mary’s parents presented her to God when she was 3 years old.
The feast reminds us that God calls each of us to offer our own lives to him on a daily basis. By offering our lives to God we remain available to the mission of Christ, opening our hearts to him and his mission for the upcoming day. When we offer our lives to God, we imitate Mary’s availability to the Holy Spirit at the Annunciation and follow in her footsteps.
We do this especially during our Morning Offering, where we pray, “Father, here I am. I know you are always with me. I place my heart in the Heart of your Son Jesus, who gives himself to us in the Eucharist each day. May your Holy Spirit strengthen me to live the Gospel in everything I do and say. For my part I give you this day--all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings--all I am and possess. With Mary, mother of the Church, I pray for the mission of the Church, for all Apostles of Prayer, and for the intentions of the Pope this month. Amen.”
It is a beautiful way to start the day, something that everyone can do when they download the Click to Pray app. Every day is different with Click to Pray and the prayers included provide a profound opportunity to offer our lives to God on a daily basis. When we do, we imitate Mary’s example and unite our offering with hers, surrendering ourselves to the mission of Christ.
If you look for the traditional offering prayer: https://www.popesprayer.net/prayers-for-the-road/
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Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)