Hail Mary, full of grace
At a Lenten overnight retreat with 65 adolescent girls.
The Lord is with thee
Yoga pants, push up bras, still trying to make sense of their bodies and their souls, clear skinned and broken complexioned, immature and seeking- all seen and heard and embraced by a higher power.
Blessed are you among women
You are precious and perfect in God’s eyes, a temple of the Holy Spirit, hope for the world.Â Don’t ever underestimate what lies yet dormant within you.Â You are destined for goodness and prosperity.
And blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus
Co-creators with God, the capacity to bring forth life both literally and figuratively.Â Nurturer, dreamer, lover, sanctuary.Â You have so much to give.Â I wish you could see what I see when I look at you.
Holy Mary, mother of God
Look within yourself for inspiration and strength.Â Look outside yourself and see your journey unfold.Â Reach out and make a holy connection with all of human kind.Â Â You are never alone in this world.
Pray for us sinners
Let Mary be your spiritual mother.Â Let her life and her sacrifice inform your every decision.Â You are loved and forgiven.Â Again and again and again.
Now and at the hour of our death
Live like there is no tomorrow.Â Take joy in this day.Â Be the woman you are destined to be.Â Start now.Â Don’t dilly dally.Â Your life is precious and you are already on the path.Â Be kind.Â Be in solidarity with the poor and the poor in spirit.Â Be the womb that gives forth life.
Be a woman of God.