Today is a HOLY DAY of OBLIGATION.
It is the “Feast of the Immaculate Conception.”
16 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 10th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote of the Day:
Man’s way leads to a hopeless end: God’s way leads to an endless hope.
But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”
(NAB Lk 1:34)
In my thirty years as a paramedic, I was privildeged to assist in the delivery of a dozen or so babies. All the ‘soon to be mothers’ had some level of fear with the situation of delivering outside the warm and aseptic environment of the local hospital. Most of these young ladies were under age 25, but I treated one GIRL who had just turned 13 delivering a full-term (40 week) pregnancy. To make the matter worse, this was her second pregnancy; the first ending in an abortion.
I am sure Mary had some fear as well. How would she be treated by Joseph? How would her own family treat her? How would the local society think of her being pregnant, and not married? Would Joseph, or the local priests, have her stoned to death for adultery? She was a young girl of about 15: did she understand the physical aspects of pregnancy?
There were many unanswered questions and concerns. But Mary, with little hesitation, said “yes!” She gave herself totally to God – body, soul, and heart! She was destined to become the new Ark, for the new covenant to come, through Jesus Christ. She was to become the new Eve, bringing a new life for all people, through Jesus Christ. Mary was to become not only the mother of God, but also the mother of all humans on earth.
Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your Womb, Jesus. … Amen.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #8:
As Jesus was the true worshipper of the Father, so let prayer and contemplation be the soul of all they are and do. Let them participate in the sacramental life of the Church, above all the Eucharist. Let them join in liturgical prayer in one of the forms proposed by the Church, reliving the mysteries of the life of Christ.