Happy Feast Day to our little Gabriel! Yes, we know that September 29 is the Feast of the Archangels - but that's already our wedding anniversary, so we've decided to celebrate our son's name day on this date instead. ;)
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If you're familiar with our love story, you'll remember that my husband and I first met on this date 4 years ago. At the time I was busy with my final semester as a college student and Michael knew little to nothing about the Catholic Church, so neither of us realized that we had met on such a significant date until several months later. However, the Feast of the Annunciation and all it represents has played a pivotal role in our relationship every step of the way, which is hardly something one could chalk up to mere coincidence.
In the very beginning, we assumed that our religious differences would prevent us from becoming anything more than friends. But as God continued bringing us (randomly!) into one another's lives our hearts were slowly transformed. Eventually we reached a point (July 29, 2011 to be exact) which would require a leap of faith if we wished to continue spending time together - so we said "yes" to pursuing a romantic relationship despite the fact that it would mean long distance.
Later on Michael would say "yes" to the Lord as he embraced the Church's teachings and became Catholic, we would say "yes" to the promise of a future as husband and wife, "yes" to love and honor one another all the days of our lives (along with the rest of what a marital vocation would require of us), and have said "yes" to receiving the two sons God has blessed us with into our hearts and home (we can't wait to meet you in a couple of months, little man #2!).
We have said "yes" every time we have packed up and moved to a second, third, and now fourth state in our 2 years of marriage, trusting the Lord to guide my engineer husband's consulting path to the clients and locations where He wants us next. Not only that, but all of you that are married will understand that since we first said "yes" to sharing our lives in matrimony that we've been saying countless "yeses" - the biggest of the big and the smallest and most unseen of the small - to our marriage and one another every single day since.
The Lord constantly presents us with the opportunity to say "yes" to His plans for us. Are our responses always as abiding and unquestioning as Mary's wholehearted, absolute "yes" to the Lord's plan for her life? No. But Mary and her fiat are, nonetheless, a perfect example for our imperfect selves to strive to follow in our lives as Christians.
May Our Lady continue to lead us closer to Christ and pray that we may better follow Him with unreserved trust all the days of our lives.
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
For even more about what this day means to me, check out last year's post: The Annunciation: A Favorite Feast within Our Family.