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Learning from Jesus through Mary

The current school year is one month old already. It is hard to believe that I am in my first year of Theology already. It seems like just yesterday that I was entering the seminary unsure of what life here was going to be like or if I was going to be able to handle the academics. I look at the new guys in the house this year and see that I was in their shoes not that long ago. I feel a responsibility to be a leader for them by helping them in whatever way I can just like I was helped by other guys when I was new.

After two years of being here and earning my college degree, I feel that God is asking more of me. I need to learn all I can about Jesus and His Church. The best way to do that is to grow in my relationship with Christ and to see Him as my teacher. I need to see in every professor that I have and every struggle I go through, Christ leading me to become the man He needs to be for His Church. The key to realizing all this of course is prayer. I can look back at my two years here and see that in all of the times that I struggled and felt that things were getting too difficult I prayed to God and He got me through. I need to maintain this relationship with Christ through daily spending time with Him in prayer. A very good way to do this is to be close to His mother. The month of October is dedicated to the Rosary. I pray the Rosary from time to time but I know that I can devote a little more time in my day to make sure that it is daily.

Through priests recommending it to me often as a penance in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, I can hear the Blessed Mother asking me to pray the Rosary more often. Jesus gave us His mother as our mother and the Rosary is one of the best ways to maintain a relationship with her. When we do this, we get closer to Christ through our meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary. Mary will always lead us to her Son. In this moth, let us make a resolution to offer her our love by praying the Rosary daily or at least once a week for those intentions in our life that we are most in need of. Our Lady of the Rosary pray for us!

Steven Bertonazzi

Steven Bertonazzi

1st Theology
Steven Bertonazzi attends Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ.
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