It took me a while to appreciate Mary, because I had trouble understanding where Mary fit, and I was more comfortable praying to God. The Bible tells us that Mary was the first Christian, the first to believe that Jesus was the Son of God and savior of the world. She also lives her faith without reservation, accepting the pain of seeing her Son suffer and die and offering her Son to God, accepting God’s will completely. I have come to realize that Mary is with us now, that she walks with us and prays for us. She helps us with her love and her care to be faithful to God and to become like her Son.