Lesson 7: “My Soul Magnifies the Lord”
We will be looking at the Annunciation to discuss Mary as a model of discernment and focus particularly on joy and how words and actions correspond with a heart for God. Joy is the virtue that is an appropriate response to doing the will of God, because the only thing God wants is our happiness and joy.
1.What do you think holds people back from being “good” examples?
2. Do you think you settle for pleasure instead of joy? How do you see this in your life?
3. When do you hold back from prayer? From praising God publicly? Why?
4. Discernment of your vocation: How does Mary’s Magnificat help you to discern?
“Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God and not herself” -Pope Benedict XVI
Additional Resources for Lesson 7:
And Mary Said, Verse 46 – Mary’s Magnificat, Word by Word with Sonja Corbitt
Padre Pio, Mother Teresa, and the Rosary by Province of Our Lady of Consolation, featuring Fr. David Lenz
How to Say Yes to God by Ascension Presents, featuring Father Mark-Mary and Brother Malachy
Do YOU have a calling to the priesthood or consecrated life? A word from Archbishop Sample by 2SPetrvs, featuring Archbishop Alexander K. Sample
The St. Philip Institute recommends these other supplemental resources.