08 Dec Luke 1:38 (“may it be done to me”)
Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38 (full readings)
Pat’s Reflections: In today’s Genesis reading, Eve was referred to as the “mother of all the living”…but upon Eve saying yes to Satan, death was allowed into the world. Much like Christ was the new Adam, Mary was the new Eve…and serves as “mother of all the living.” On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, let us celebrate Mary’s “yes, Lord”…and our own mother’s yes to God and Life! Hail Mary, Gentle Woman lyrics (very inspiring).
* When setting up our manger scene, Mary broke. After gluing her back together, she is missing a piece on the top of her head…holiness! This reminded me of the little boy who didn’t get what he wanted for Christmas, so he covered up a statue of Mary, kneeled down, and said, “Lord, if you ever want to see your Mother again…”
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Faith Challenge: During Advent, visit a nursing home with your family/friends…ask the elderly about their lives…sing some carols…prepare to be blessed! Also, my extended family is giving our adults Christmas funds to the Alpha Center…please consider this critical need…a true Christmas gift for the Unborn.
Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
* New video shows Chile’s defense of life doesn’t stop with trapped miners
* Enjoy this amazing Hallelujah song…sure surprised the mall food court!
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). View, add, update Prayers on our website. Let’s pray now.
* Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen. (Lk 1:26-38)
Feast Day: Feast of the Immaculate Conception
Faith Quote: “God’s presence in us is the basis of our existence. The road of interiority and contemplation is not for the chosen few, but for every authentic believer.” ~ John Paul II
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.