What can we learn about courage from Mary?
By Kailey Swicord, Grade 6
You see a classmate being made fun of by another classmate. What would you do? Would you have the courage to speak up and tell the classmate to stop because it isn’t right or nice? Or would you stand by and do nothing for fear of being made fun of too? Sometimes we have to make difficult choices. Courage involves making good choices in the face of fear or obstacles. We have to have the courage to choose to do what is right and that isn’t always easy.
During the month of May, the Catholic Church honors a courageous woman, Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus. Mary showed courage throughout her life. In the Gospel, Luke 1:26-38, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth with a message for Mary, who was promised in marriage to Joseph. The angel told Mary that she would have a son, whom she was to name Jesus. The angel said, “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High God.” Mary stood by Jesus even when the crowds turned against him. She also had the courage to stand at the foot of the cross and watch her son be crucified. She was courageous and had total faith in God.
At Sacred Heart, we honor this courageous woman in a few ways during the month of May. We say a decade of the Rosary together as an entire school each week. We also will pay tribute to Mary by having a May Crowning.
Mary has taught me to be courageous. Very recently, I had something deeply personal happen to a close family member. A person in my family got very sick. I was terrified. I wanted to run out of the room but I needed to be courageous and let the EMT’s in. I prayed to The Blessed Mother for strength and guidance. She gave me courage and inner peace. She gave me courage to make a good choice, to stay and help even though I was fearful and there were obstacles. Therefore, the next time I am afraid I will pray to Mary for courage. She always had total faith in God and she helped me be courageous when I needed to be strong for my family.