Sunday, January 01, 2006

Mary, Mother of God

A very happy solemnity of Mary, Mother of God to all of you and wishes for a very blessed New Year!

I spent New Year's Eve at my brother and sister-in-law's house. Before we had food, champagne and fireworks, the pastor and parochial vicar from the parish where my brother is youth minister came over and offered Mass for us. It was really beautiful (and, btw, Father told us that according to canon law, the vigil for a solemnity cannot count for your obligation for Mass if the vigil Mass is said in a private home).

Anyway, it was beautiful. Father's homily was all about the Eucharist and Our Lady. He said that to live a Eucharistic life, we have to live a Marian life because the Blessed Mother is so intricately tied to Our Lord in the Eucharist. He emphasized that she was the first tabernacle and that any attacks on her or our devotion to her are attacks on Christ Himself.