Blue By You

“By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples” (Jn 15:8). We hear quite a bit about fruit throughout Scripture. Jesus tells us that if we remain in him, like a branch connected to the vine, we will bear fruit. He also speaks of a good tree bearing good fruit—“by their fruits you will know them” (Matt 7:20). St. Paul talks about the fruits of the Holy Spirit in his letter to the Galatians (cf. Gal 5:22-23), and, of course, we have the most well-known and infamous fruit of all—the apple, the cause of our downfall when consumed by Adam and Eve.

If the apple stands for the most negative fruit of all, then the blueberry must stand for the most positive. From a nutritional standpoint, the abundance of anthocyanins—particular to foods with blue pigments—and the high antioxidant capacities make blueberries incredibly beneficial to the nervous system, cellular structures, and brain and eye health. Research has shown the fruit to improve memory and blood sugar, thus making it a tasty remedy for those suffering neurodegenerative diseases and diabetes.

If the blueberry is the healthiest fruit for us, then the person most affiliated with the color blue is the healthiest saint for us: the Blessed Virgin Mary. Praying with Mary is good for our mind and for our heart. When we are struggling to stay focused or are thinking too much, Mary will settle us. When our heart is restless, Mary will allow it to rest in God. Praying with the Blessed Blueberry Mary is one of the best things we can do, for a healthy body usually follows a healthy soul.

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