7 Ways to Bring Mother Mary Into Our Homes

“When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold, your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.”

John 19:26-27

How grateful must St. John have been when Our Lord gave him His Mother as his own. In that moment of hopelessness at the foot of the Cross, not only did Jesus entrust to St. John the most important person in His life, but He also gave His beloved disciple the one person who would best comfort him in his grief and keep his flickering hope from dying out in the long wait for the Resurrection. By receiving Mary into his home, St. John would still have a part of Jesus after His Death (and later after His Resurrection and Ascension) in her stories and in the genetic similarities she and her Son shared.

We’re all called to take our Blessed Mother into our homes too because as many saints have pointed out, Mary and Jesus are a package deal. When we bring our Blessed Mother into our homes (and hearts), she helps us clean up our spiritual messes so we can better receive her Son, and God in His abundant mercy gives us many fun and beautiful ways to welcome His Mother into our lives.

1 — Praying the Rosary and other Marian devotions

In my Renewing the Face of the Earth Through Mother Mary blog last year I mentioned the graces I received once I began praying the Rosary on a daily basis, and I still believe it’s the quickest and easiest way to get to know our Blessed Mother better.

The more we pray the Rosary or other Marian devotions like the Seven Sorrows Rosary, the Brigittine Rosary that Caitlyn recently introduced me to, and others, the more we believe that Mary is our Mother too. The more we walk with her, meditating on the mysteries she experienced firsthand, the more we realize how awesome she is and how blessed we are to be her children.

2 — Marian art

One of my favorite ways to honor Mary at home is through art. Having a beautiful image of Our Lady in many rooms makes it easier to remember that she is always present and to call on her when I need help, no matter how big or small my dilemma is. Thankfully we have many beloved classic icons and images to choose from as well as beautiful modern renditions.

Our newest contributor, Stacey, recently recommended checking out 12th and Blossom (who happens to be a sponsor for The Little Way Edition of our Saints for Slackers Podcast!). The artist, Mary Claire Scholl, has many Marian inspired art to choose from and Stacey shared two fun ways that she and her daughter used the 26 Titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary downloadable bundle: printing and framing them as individual gifts and using them for seating charts and table numbers for her daughter’s wedding reception!

The artists of Little With Great Love also have Marian artwork like Lisa’s Guadalupe Stippling Art Print and Caitlyn’s 4th Station Print: Jesus Is Met by His Blessed Mother from her Stations of the Cross Prints. Read Lisa’s 12 Catholic Home Decor Gifts & Favorites blog or visit Catholics Online to find more Catholic creators with Marian art!

3 — Marian music

As I shared in my recent blog, music is a powerful way to praise God and it’s another fun way to welcome His Mother into our homes. Here’s some of the team’s favorites, including a beautiful, original composition by Caitlyn!

Visitation Song (feat. Jessica Schissel) by Aly Aleigha

Magnify by Caitlyn Pszonka

Ave Maria by Harpa Dei

Madre de Hakuna by Hakuna Group Music

4 — Marian books

I’m sorry to admit that I’m a slacker when it comes to reading Marian books, but I’ve heard great things from 3 titles by St. Louis de Montfort: The Secret of Mary, The Secret of the Rosary, and True Devotion to Mary, the last of which Caitlyn loves and highly recommends as one of her favorite books.

5 — Mary Gardens

This short Catholic Herald article sums up what makes Marian gardens so great with this quote: “Marian gardens are not only a beautiful way to honor our Blessed Mother through the beauty of God’s creation, but they also serve as a simple witness to the outside world of your family’s Catholic faith.”

Getting a garden started isn’t easy, especially if you’re growing plants from seedlings and saplings, but I’ve recently gotten into it after years of dreading it (I blame our Blessed Mother for this sudden shift because it happened after my total consecration to her), and while I’m not ready to design a Mary garden, it’s definitely a goal now.

If you’re inspired to design your own Mary garden, the Catholic Herald article gives tips and mentions this source for learning more about Marian gardens and what plants are associated with Our Lady.

6 — Total Consecration

To really follow St. John’s example, taking Mary into our homes doesn’t just mean decorating our spaces with physical reminders of her, but giving her authority over all that we are and own, so that in every moment of our lives we belong to her, and she can lead us safely to her Son.

I recently shared about my first total consecration according to Saint Maximilian Kolbe, following along with Catholic YouTuber GabiAfterHours, and the great impact it had on me. If you’re looking for a preparation that’s on the shorter side, check this one out, but don’t let the short prayers and reflections fool you. They’re full of wisdom and inspiration.

Another popular preparation for total consecration is the one according to St. Louis de Montfort which Lisa did with a group of women this past March on our YouTube page.

7 — Visitation of the Pilgrim Virgin

My sisters are part of the Legion of Mary and one of their works of mercy is the Enthronement of the Sacred Heart. A week before the enthronement, Legionnaires do what’s called the Visitation of the Pilgrim Virgin where they bring an image of Our Lady to the homes and teach families the importance of praying the Rosary, citing Our Lady’s apparitions where she has asked us to pray the Holy Rosary daily. They also teach families the significance of Marian sacramentals like the Miraculous Medal and the Scapular.

The beauty of the Visitation is bringing Mary into homes first so she can prepare the hearts of families to better receive Our Lord’s Sacred Heart a week later in the ceremony of consecration. My sister says that they bring Mary into people’s homes so that her Son can stay with them forever.

I very well could have missed some other fun and inspiring ways to invite Mother Mary into our homes, so if you have any ideas, please share them with us below!

About Author

Citlalin Ossio is an avid fantasy writer and reader, whose work is heavily inspired by her Catholic faith, her Mexican heritage, and Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda. Her fantasy short stories have been featured in various anthologies, and one, She Has No Voice, won second place in the Prose category for Rehumanize International’s 2021 Create | Encounter. She is a joyful single living in Texas with her family and enjoys creating art, playing video games, and watching anime and Korean dramas. When she’s not writing or spending time with her loved ones she’s on Instagram @citlalinossio, or dreaming about raising a panda army.

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