31 December 2005

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Today, January 1, the Church celebrates the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. All of her glory and dignity comes from this title and role of hers. If she were not chosen to be the Mother of God, she would have lived an ordinary life. Instead, she was made ready to carry the Child by her Immaculate Conception. She was kept free from sin so that she could be the perfect mother for the perfect Son. She was assumed into heaven to share in the glory of her Son. Because Jesus is her son, she is a powerful intercessor. All of this comes from her being the Mother of God.

Today is also New Year's Day. We should thank God for what He has done for us this past year, and also ask Him to bless the upcoming year as we dedicate it to Him.

I have finished my paper on the Immaculate Conception. Full of Grace: The Immaculate Conception in Scripture and Tradition can be found
here in Word format.


25 December 2005

Merry Christmas!

Today we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Christ. The Father sent the Son to the world as a baby. Jesus, the Word who is God took on the flesh of man and was born in a stable, yet He lost none of His divinity and remained God. This is a great and beautiful mystery. That God came to earth a little infant, dwelt among us as He grew, faced the troubles of this world selflessly- even to His death... just think about it! We worship an awesome God.

Father, we are filled with the new light by the coming of your Word among us. May the light of faith shine in our words and actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


08 December 2005

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

Today the Church honors the Blessed Virgin Mary, who from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Saviour of the human race, was preserved immune from all stain of original sin. Pope Pius IX declared the doctrine an infallible teaching of the Church in his bull Ineffabilis Deus on December 8, 1854. I hope to have an article about the teaching of the Immaculate Conception up over the Christmas break.
Mary as the Immaculate Conception is the patroness of the United States. Pray to her for our country, our politicians, our bishops, and all who live here under her protection. She is the human example that we can look to, following her lead in conforming our will to Christ's. May God bless you all.