The Gospel today was disturbing to read at first from Mark 3 where Jesus arrives in a town and immediately the crowd is so big "making it impossible for them even to eat." His relatives in the area try to "seize him" they said "He is out of his mind." Crazy LOVE is what we are observing here this day, and how I long to be filled with it! St Agnes is the perfect Saint for this day to show us the living out of Crazy LOVE!
Yesterday and today with all the women marching with signs blazing with women's freedom to do what they want with their bodies and free sex without worry of pregnancy due to artificial contraception and abortion, and "keep your rosaries away from my ovaries." For my daughters and I to be looking to the Lord in our bedrooms with openness to life and using natural/abstaining from sex when we are fertile in order to space our children ( two of my daughters ruptured giving birth and now must space their children by a year or more for good healing), and with each new life in our domestic Church/family we are called to die more and more to self and our love only grows the larger and stronger and more "crazy" with each new LIFE!
How is that for Crazy LOVE???? Embracing our Most Cherished Cross we truly do find LIFE/LOVE/LIGHT!
I am thinking a lot about my Hallel this day and her example of Crazy love to me and her family. Also she is very much with us as it is the feast day of her patron Saint Agnes! She fell in love with her while in Rome studying and also with her wonderful Community of the Lamb! The Lamb is huge for both and really could have been the tie that brought her to saying "yes" to the call to be a Little Sister Hallel!
Roman family. She was a beautiful young woman of twelve or thirteen years of age when many suitors desired her hand in marriage. Instead of marrying, St. Agnes committed herself to a life of consecrated virginity as a spouse of Christ. She was then denounced to the authorities as a Christian during th...e reign of Emperor Diocletian, and condemned to be dragged naked through the streets and into a brothel to be abused. She miraculously escaped from this predicament with her virginity preserved, and was then to be burned at the stake. Her persecutors, failing in this attempt also, finally beheaded her. Of all the virgin martyrs she is held in the first place, and she is one of the seven women besides the Virgin Mary commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass. St. Agnes' name means 'chaste' and she is the #patronsaint of girls, chastity, engaged couples, virgins, rape victims, and the Girl Scouts. St. Agnes, pray for us!