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The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

January 1, 2016

MOTHER OF COMPASSION

There is a line in the Memorare prayer that says, “Never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored they help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided.”  They are some of the most beautiful words that we pray for Mary has been the one – more than any other – who been a model for compassion.

But as you have heard plenty of my words this season, I would like to elaborate on Mary’s compassion with a story told through the lines of Untie the Strong Woman written by Clarissa Pinkola Estes. The story you will hear from this book is a story told in her own family by a woman “who hands smell of bread dough and roses” – according to her the two fragrances are the scents of heaven.

It is a story with a little levity and a little more colour – after all Mary’s grace is never offended by those who call to her and humour is certainly one of the more important attributes to the spiritual life.

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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