8 Sep 2018

The Birthday (Nativity) of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today we celebrate the beautiful feast of the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why do we celebrate this feast? Mary is the Mother of the Son of God, and as such, is our Mother too. Just as we celebrate the birthday of our natural mother, it is fitting that as a Church we celebrate the birthday of our Mother in the order of grace.

What is the best gift we can give our Heavenly Mother (or to phrase it another way: what do you give to the Woman who has everything)? All our Heavenly Mother asks of us is our love and our time. She does not expect grand gestures and big presents. She would very much appreciate if we took the time to speak with her today and to speak with her Son too. She would love if we honoured her birthday by performing little acts with great love today. Love is at the heart of Christianity and at the heart of our veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She, like all of us, was created out of love and for love and as the Mother of God she loves us all equally and continues to intercede for us with her Son. What are you going to do for your Heavenly Mother today?

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