Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Feast of the Solemnity of Mary

"Mary, the all-holy ever-virgin Mother of God, is the masterwork of the mission of the Son and the Spirit in the fullness of time. For the first time in the plan of salvation and because his Spirit had prepared her, the Father found the dwelling place where his Son and his Spirit could dwell among men. In this sense the Church's Tradition has often read the most beautiful texts on wisdom in relation to Mary. Mary is acclaimed and represented in the liturgy as the "Seat of Wisdom." — Catechism of the Catholic Church 721

In addition to this day being a beautiful feast day of our Blessed Mother, it is the day that begins the new year of 2008. Today is a day filled with graces and blessings.

Many challenges and blessings lie ahead for us in this new year. How will we embrace this new year? Hopefully, with resolutions to allow our hearts to be changed by our Creator and be instrumental in changing other's hearts. The opportunities will surround us. Will we open our hearts to God's love so that we can spread His love to others?

Here is a link to article that I wrote about the Blessed Mother Mary and Motherhood at Catholic Exchange.

(The image of Mary and her baby son, Jesus in this post now adorns my kitchen wall. I just received this painting the other day. It had adorned my dear friend, Fr. Bill Smith's dining room wall for many years. I am so thankful to have it.)

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