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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God

January 1, 2015

AS WE PONDER

Mary is the woman of 1000 names and 1000 images. She is everything and nothing all at once. The mother of God and mother of humanity.

She is hope for the hopeless and strength for the sinner. She is the Queen of Peace and the inspirational heroine of revolutions and revolutionaries.

No matter where you travel or what you believe, Mary is there taking on the form of the children who venerate her. Perhaps no where is this more striking than at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth – there countries across the world have gifted mosaics of Mary as she is known in their own country – so many that they fill a walls around the church itself.

And for all that Mary is for so many others, she herself is, on the surface, so very simple. She did not perform any grand miracles or give dramatic speeches. Her actions are few and her presence is quiet.

CLICK HERE for the readings for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21).

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