March 6, 2013: A Fall With Pride

~ by Mary Galvano

Sometimes life throws us curve balls. We either catch these curves balls or we miss them. That is how it goes. But no matter what the result is, what we do with what has been handed to us can make all the difference.

In some instances in life we are asked to give up something unexpectedly, such as our material possessions, our home, or even ourselves to start a new journey in order to fulfill God’s will. We don’t think as He does and this can be difficult in letting Him change our lives. We don’t want to let go of the past, or of “who we are” because pride gets in the way. We think of our miseries instead of God’s bigger plan for us. You can be the most famous person in the world and all of a sudden, “Wham!” no one knows you. But, we can find comfort in Jesus. John the Baptist said about Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all.”

We are nothing without God. Once this is realized freedom will reign within us. We can have the world but, we still have nothing if we don’t have Jesus in our lives as our Lord and Savior.

Reflecting on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary is a beautiful, comforting reminder to forget all that may be weighing us down. They can also help us get rid of the pride that is keeping us from moving forward toward the path God wants to send us on. Jesus knows humiliation better than anyone, but He knew to trust his Father in His bigger picture.

Each mystery is a reflection on the burdens we might face in life and how we can deal with them because Jesus did. And in the end through hardships and darkness comes greater joy, joy that can overcome any sadness! God will not let you down when you persevere with Him.

The Sorrowful Mysteries:

1st The Agony in the Garden: Jesus’ great example of humility reminds us that God allows nothing to happen to us that isn’t for our own good.

2nd The Scourging at the Pillar: Painful and humiliating, each stroke of the whip is for our purification. Here he was God and yet He was being treated than less than human.

3rd Crowning of Thorns: An example of moral courage, Jesus wore this crown of thorns because of our lack of love and trust in the Truth.

4th The Carrying of the Cross: Jesus carried not the cross but the weight of the world on his shoulders showing great patience through adversity.

5th The Crucifixion: Jesus gave up His life for us great sinners while gazing up with love to his Father with the feeling of abandonment. He asked for mercy for each and every person, even the criminals, and looked down at his mother with love. This ultimate sacrifice helps us to truly be sorry for our sins. Saying I’m sorry is one of the hardest things to do.

The next time your are feeling sorry for yourself because you feel no one knows who you truly are as a person, you are misunderstood or disrespected and your pride has been taken away and replaced with humility look to the Crucifix and to what Jesus went through. He gave up his whole glorious identity so that we may have a chance to live in glory with him one day in the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

Visit Mary’s website at www.marygalvano.com.

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