Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience. And patience hath a perfect work; that you may be perfect and entire, failing in nothing. But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men abundantly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Epistle Of St. James 1 (3-5) www.drbo.org
St. James the Greater
Are you familiar with St. James…honestly I had never heard of him until I was doing some research for the upcoming Drive by Novena (starting July 16). As I read up (& very little mind..to this point anyway) on St. James, I was moved by how much our Blessed Mother believed in him. It appears to me [based on the little reading I have done] that St. James was with Our Lord during the three most “touching” times in Jesus life…while He was preparing to begin His passion. I wonder during this time, if St. James and our Blessed Mother spent time connecting and I wonder during the preparation for Pentecost, if St. James could see the holy grace Our Blessed Mother possessed. How or when it happened no one will know but a great connection was built, an amazing, a warm, personal connection was built. One I would love to share as well.
It seems, Our Most Holy Mother, appeared to St. James while he was in Spain and she, in Jerusalem, still living. She appeared with angels and asked St. James to build a sanctuary where God would be honored and glorified. St. James did just that, basically building the first Catholic Church in the world. What an honor to have bestowed upon you. And it seems that St. James has cleared the way for our Most Holy Mother, as a good servant, at least a few times. I am intrigued and hope to continue reading up on St. James.
I pray St. James the Greater will clear a path in me for Our Most Holy Mother. I can’t wait to start the novena. May St. James prepare us to receive Our Mother, that she may feel at home within us. May we hear her words, feel her warmth, allow ourselves to be guided by her perfect being, may we praise the glory of God through Our Blessed Mother.