On this first anniversary of the Raised Catholic podcast here in the midst of Advent, we're considering the weight and value of Mary's 'yes' at the Annunciation, and we're exploring the divine 'yesses' in our own lives, including many of my own personal 'yes' stories. I hope these resources will help you explore this topic on your own in a deeper way.
1. "What Mary's Yes Means For Us," by Andrew Willard Jones at the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
2. Video: Say Yes to God: The Immaculate Conception Explained, by Fr. Mike Schmitz with Ascension Presents
3. Podcast: Abiding Together - look at their beautiful Advent series from this year and years past.
4. Journal questions: When has God presented me with an opportunity or open door or invitation in my life? What did I do with it? If I said yes, how did it work out? If I said no, is there some way to change that 'no' to a' 'yes' today?
5. Song: Thy Will Be Done, by Hillary Scott
6. Song: Trust in You, by Lauren Daigle
7. Podcast: That Sounds Fun with Annie F. Downs and Jeremy Cowart - hear the beautiful story of Jeremy's hard and ongoing 'yes' to creating The Purpose Hotel along with a few other hard 'yesses' in his life
8. Say Yes to God, A Call to Courageous Surrender, by Kay Warren
9. I'm Possible: Jumping into Fear and Discovering a Life of Purpose, by Jeremy Cowart
10. Song: Anyway, by Crazy Whirled
“People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight. Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God. It was never between you and them anyway.”