I have no Hispanic background, so I wasn’t that aware of this amazing Feast we are blessed with today.
We’re commemorating the 1531 appearance of Our Lady to a peasant named Juan Diego in Mexico. Juan was sent to a place where roses were blooming – in the middle of winter – to gather them up and show them to his bishop.
Here is more of the amazing story.
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I never knew that much about Our Lady of Loreto, so it was fascinating to learn about this new celebration just recently announced by Pope Francis. Squeezed in between the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec 8) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec 12), I’m getting the feeling that this first half of Advent is trying to remind us of the amazing role of Mary in our redemption.
It’s a pretty amazing story.
In the early church, people revered the house in which Mary was raised. It’s believed to be where she gave her fiat to Jesus’ conception, then lived with Joseph.
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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception seems to throw off a lot of people. We understand that Jesus was conceived in a totally special and unique way, yet this isn’t about Jesus.
It’s about Mary!
Created as the Ark of the New Covenant, Mary was given this special blessing from the moment of HER conception.
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Today’s celebration is officially The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.
I think that Americans in particular are a bit uncomfortable with such grandiosity. After all, we rejected the rule of a King nearly 250 years ago!
And we certainly we didn’t want to form a new country under a king or queen! No, just a temporary presider … a president.
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We celebrate the presentation of Jesus as a newborn in January, but here we have the wonderful opportunity to reflect on His mother’s birth.
November 21st is the celebration of when Anne and Joachim’s presentation of their newborn daughter Mary to the Lord. She was created as the future Temple of the Lord.
What happened at this point? Well, we have no documentation – we barely know her parents’ names.
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I try to help the poor in my community. I do.
But it seems so mechanical, so impersonal. I struggle to make the time to go out of my way, even a little.
Perhaps we all have this feeling.
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I’m wondering about the strength of my faith, and of Our Faith – the Church. There are a lot of Catholics talking about the post-Christian society, the ills of Vatican II, and so on.
It’s so easy to get sucked in by this.
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“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”Luke 18:8
I am always in the presence of God. But do I notice?
I’m too busy. I’m in my head, or in my hands, but rarely do I have my mind with God.
My daily rosary has helped a lot, but still … I wander.
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How long, O LORD? I cry for helpHab 1:2
but you do not listen!
I have times of despair, sadness, depression.
This is when I call on the strength of God, His saints and angels to help me regain perspective. And hope.
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I’ve been pondering my own mortality.
Being recently inspired by hearing the story of a colleague who beat a vicious disease and lived a decade beyond what the doctors had predicted, I realize that there’s always hope.
Conversely, we’re also one breath away from the end.
Continue reading “The hour of our death”