I am still fascinated that the tape unrolls so easily. However, it was not always that way. If you have ever had a roll in which the end of the tape latched back onto the roll, you know how difficult it can be to get it started again. The company, 3M, realized it needed a more effective way to dispense the product, and a dispenser was invented 18 months after the invention of the tape. The dispensers we use today have not changed a whole lot through the years.
One last bit of trivia for today—do you know what 3M represents? It stands for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing. I did not know that—or at least I didn’t remember it if I had known it.
What does this have to do with Articulating Hope (as this blog claims to do)? It is simply this. The story behind the creation of transparent tape is fascinating. It shows what “stick-to-it-tiveness” can do for us. I encourage you to read about it here.
Today we also celebrate The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Although Mary's role in Salvation History was not an easy one, she showed us how to be faithful--how to stick to it--if you will. I can only imagine the difficulties and sorrows she endured. Reading the details in Sacred Scripture about the birth of Jesus, the slaughter of the innocents, the inability to find Jesus for three days, and of course, the passion and crucifixion all create images in my mind. However, I don't think I can fully grasp the penetrating sorrow that Mary must have experienced in these events. I am extremely grateful for her "yes" to be the Mother of the Savior. i am grateful for her holy example.
Let us rejoice in knowing what faithfulness can bring. Be holy! Be a saint! Be like our Blessed Mother! Be like Scotch ® Transparent Tape and stick to the journey of faith!