As I write this letter, we are celebrating the
beautiful feast of the Queenship of Mary.
This feast is a logical follow-up to the As-
sumption of Mary and is closely associated
with Jesus. Indeed, her Queen
ship is a share in Jesus'
Kingship. It reminds us that in Mary, the Mother of
God, we have someone who continually prays for us,
intercedes for us and encourages us along the journey of
While I was not able to watch all of the Olympic Games,
I was moved and amazed at the number of Olympic ath-
letes who had a visible devotion to Our Lady. Katie Le-
decky, a gold medal swimme
r from the United States,
shared that she prays the Hail Mary before every race. In
many photographs, Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinting
superstar and devout Catholic, can been seen wearing the
Miraculous Medal as he runs the race. And let's not for-
get the powerful image of Meseret Defar, the women's
gold medal winner from Ethiopia, who at the conclusion
of her race, immediately pulled a picture of Our Lady of
Perpetual Help from under her jersey!! She then pro-
ceeded to show it to the cameras and hold it up to her
face in prayer!
While some may argue that in our hurting and aching
world, God surely must have more important things to
worry about than who wins an Olympic gold medal and
who doesn't. Yet, the tender devotion to Our Lady that
radiated from these athletes reminds us that in fact, we
have a personal God who k
nows each of us by name and
cares for us so much that He has given us His Mother to
be our Mother. These athletes used the Olympic stage to
share with millions of people around the world their love
for God and their relationship with the Mother of God.
They expressed how their fa
ith, devotion and dependence
upon God gives them hope and inspiration in life.
That trust in and relationship with God is what makes
living a life of humility possible. In today's Gospel, Je-
sus encourages us to "go and take the lowest place."
This action seems to go against our human nature which
frequently wants to be seen and acknowledged for who
we are and what we have done. Jesus though assures us
that "the one who humbles himself will be exalted." In
Mary, we have the perfect example of someone who was
humble, obedient and trusting in what God could do in
her life. She, a simple but faithful girl, was moved "to
the highest position" and became the Mother of God!!
May Our Lady Queen of Heaven and Earth help us to
win the gold medal in the journey of faith by learning the
simple ways of humility and trust!
Have a blessed week!!
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