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Immaculate Heart of Mary

2 Timothy 4:1-8
Psalm 71
Mark 12:38-44

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the precious vocation of widows

"I want you to observe that this poor widow contributed more than all the others." —Mark 12:43

A mark of "pure worship" and true religion is our concern for widows (Jas 1:27). This suggests that a widow has a very important part in God's plan, if she "has set her hope on God and continues night and day in supplications and prayers" (1 Tm 5:5). Holy widows are so precious that, when necessary, the Church has paid for their expenses so that they can continue their ministry without being concerned about their livelihood (1 Tm 5:3ff). When widows give all that they have "to live on" (Mk 12:44), even if monetarily that is only worth a cent, they may be giving "more than all the others" (Mk 12:43).

Consequently, widows, make a decision to give your lives to the Lord and His Church. By His grace and your obedient love, make the last years of your life the very best. Guard against giving yourselves up "to selfish indulgence," for this is "a life of living death" (1 Tm 5:6). Widows, God has good reasons for giving you a few years of life after your husbands' deaths. Trust Jesus and let Him be Lord of your lives and therefore of your widowhood.

Prayer:  Father, send the Holy Spirit to teach us the significance of all our vocations. Immaculate Heart, pray for us to live our vocations to the full.

Promise:  "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." —2 Tm 4:7

Praise:  Mary learned to accept widowhood as a call from God as the single life and marriage had been.

Reference:  (For a related teaching, order our tape on A Prophetic Life-Style on audio AV 75-3 or video V-75.)

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Robert L. Hagedorn, December 4, 2001

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, December 10, 2001