Jen had a post a little over a week ago (yeah, I’m behind on my blog surfing) about picking one word to focus on and meditate on and set goals around for 2010. Apparently people this is not an uncommon tradition for New Years’ but I’ve never heard of it before.
At first I was skeptical that such an idea would work for me. I have a hard time remembering last week. How well will I be able to focus on one word for a year? But, then I thought, what could I lose from trying, right? So, why not?
But then, what word to choose? Some women have chosen “yes,” others “joy,” Jen chose “fortitude,” of course there are virtues, such as patience, charity, etc., then there are goals such as success, prosperity, diligence, or strength. There are many words to choose from, but I have to consider that my circumstances revolve around being at home and caring for three small children.
In some sense, I have kindof already picked a theme for my year: queenship, namely, the queenship of my home, my domestic church. But my use of the word, “queenship,” is not in a historical sense or a political sense or any secular sense. It is very specifically founded on the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin. So, it doesn’t seem like the word “queenship” by itself would suffice.
So, I can only only think of one word that would support my already professed theme: Mary.
St. Frances of Roma said, “It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping.” As I quoted Katherine discovering this a couple days ago, I need to practice finding God hidden in my home, in my ordinary day, from the hugs to the meltdowns. Mary is my model. She found God in every moment of her day before there was daily Mass or a Divine Office or a rosary. She found God in the silence of her own heart and through her God shone to all the world.
I also think Mary is the word I was meant to choose. As I previously posted, I already set the goal for myself to honor Our Lady of Fatima’s request for Confession and Mass on the first Saturdays of five consecutive months. And, once I have at least a few ducks in a row, I want to begin saying a daily rosary and saying at least part of it with my children. We say a rosary as they fall asleep, so they are very familiar with it, but they don’t say it with us as we want them to go to sleep.
So, I guess you could say, my domestic Church has declared a year of Mary.