Why I Love Mama Mary
Written by: Amanda Batch
I love Mama Mary. I have always had some sort of connection to her. I went to a high school named after her. I currently work at a Marianist school. And over the course of the last few years, my husband and mother have been the one who has brought her more and more into my life every day. I have developed such a devotion towards Mary, that as I am preparing to be a mother myself, I look to her for guidance and as a role model of what ultimate motherly love is.
For the next two weeks, I am going to be writing about why I love Mary. There are two ways over the past year that I have grown closer to her and have found comfort and I want to share those stories with you.
In August of 2016, I was going through some mental health struggles. Due to some events of my past, I had developed a fear of being severely ill, sick, or physically impaired. I felt that, as I was getting ready to be married to my wonderful now, husband, that I had to be “perfect.” So, whenever any little health matter popped up, I was sent straight into panic mode, thinking of the worst case scenario or that I was in fact dying. For whatever reason, I had talked myself into this pit of negativity and could not climb out. As a result, my anxiety and following few months of depression were at an all-time high.
I beat myself up mentally every time I tried to express what I was feeling to those that loved me. I didn’t want to be a burden on my fiance or my family. So I would just bottle all my feelings up and just break down and cry instead of talking to those who love me.
My mom and I are very close. Even though I have not lived at home in just over 2 years, I still talk to her almost every single day. She was very aware of the struggle that I was going through. One day, when I went over to the house, she pulled me into her room and gave me this necklace. On the necklace was the miraculous medal. She said a quick prayer to Mary and told me to wear it. I have worn it almost every single day since that day in August.
There is something so simple and comforting about wearing Mama Mary around my neck every day. After my mother gave me her necklace, things started to slowly get better. I still struggled and still do to this day, but my prayer life and devotion to Mary, as well as the love and support of my family, have helped me climb out of that awful pit I had dug just over a year ago.
I don’t wear the medal out of superstition. I know that just by putting on the medal that it is not going toward away any bad thoughts, negativity, and just the ups and downs of life. However, it serves as a reminder of how loved I am by Mary, Jesus, God and all those I have been blessed with in my life. Whenever I feel like I am struggling, I always unknowingly touch my medal and say a quick prayer that Mary will help me through whatever it may be.
My devotion to Mary is many-fold. Wearing my Miraculous Medal is just one way I honor that devotion and serves as my reminder that I am never alone in my struggles. If you don’t know the story of the Miraculous Medal, I highly recommend reading about it. Mary is also here to intercede for us; we just need to humble ourselves to be able to ask for her help.
About The Author:
Amanda Batch is married to Robert Batch and is a teacher at Chaminade College Preperatory High School. She is the director of the Youth Band at Saint Rose of Lima Parish. She is looking forward to sharing her thoughts with you and getting to know you!