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Why Hail Mary
送交者: strangers 2018月01月12日20:12:28 于 [彩虹之约] 发送悄悄话
回  答: really strangers 于 2018-01-10 21:21:59

In RCIA, I learned to pray. What do I pray these days? “Hail Mary”.

How that happened? For days, my mind couldn’t leave this question behind.

If to follow a strict “为,所以pattern, the question cannot be answered. Recollect steps of 2017, I have some thoughts. Though not very coherent, would like to share with you, brothers and sisters, who might be drawn towards the Church while more or less hesitated because of Mary.

The best approach is to call the parish office or the Newman Center on Campus and they may connect you to the right person. Or better to attend RCIA. Whether it is about Mary or Holy Eucharist – we shall not treat Catholicism as if it is a shopping list, and we can scratch one and move on to the next. Nevertheless, if you are not ready, there are a lot of resources on the internet or in the library. From what I read, the related articles by John Henry Newman proved to be helpful for me. Some articles on Catholic Answer are also good. Please kindly keep this in mind that all the studying is a tiny part of the answer we are looking for.

My experience is typical in that after the reading, I thought (intellectually) all obstacles were cleared, and I could go to mass now. How banal the self-conceit!  “Our faith is not merely sentimental, but also a faith of intellect” Vice versa, If the two dimensions of the faith to form a circle, I am slowly coming to the other half of the circle. Looking across, there was the old me who walking into the little local Catholic church thinking “I am ready”. Laughable? Not exactly. That is a step probably a lot of us cannot skip.

The “sentimental” dimension does not refer to some warm, fuzzy feelings. I would say it is a process of letting go one’s ego, and to go deep into that I am a “sinner”. Once understand the Church teaching of Original Sin, it seems natural to acknowledge one is a sinner. No difficulties. Yet, again, that is not enough. So much so that, why Hail Mary? A prayer once I wanted to avoid and even now, for a moment, hesitated to admit. I examine my conscience and can only conclude that there must be truth in it and my heart, the sinner’s heart feels it. We can read all the essays on new Eve and do not utter one Hail Mary. But when I let go my judgement, my man’s pride; start to embrace the prayer, the truth reveals itself to me. It is indeed Christocentric. It is a cry from man, the sinner, to our Creator and Father, our Redeemer and Savior.

Faith is never self-reflection. The full answer we once looking for cannot be presented only as a series of logical arguments with script proof. If we still sitting in our living room, reading more books, watching more debates, we won’t get the answer. We have to take the action and dive in, to go to mass, to join RCIA, to pray even it is awkward. Let’s get “activated”. Any remaining resistance or doubt will be dissolved along the way, because what we are going to experience is the truth and nothing can stand in the face of truth.

Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee.

Amen.


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