Friday 8 December 2017

Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary 2017

Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary 2017

Today is a holy day of obligation. It is also my father's birthday. As a child I remember often putting up our Christmas tree on this day. I believe that one of the best things about being Catholic is Mary. She is not God, but she is the Mother of God. I think about her in the bible, from the annunciation until the Acts of the apostles. I know that 'praying to' her, asking her to join me in prayer is one of my greatest sources of strength. I also love that my children love to pray with Mary. And today we celebrate her conception, and as a family we celebrate my father.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it
known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy
help, or sought thine intercession was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins,
my mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and
sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my
petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.


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