Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Do you remember your definition of a sacrament? It is something close to this: “An outward sign instituted by Christ to give us grace.”

Do you remember your definition of grace? It is something close to this: “Any divine help we receive to bring us closer to God.”

Lastly, do you recall what the angel said to Mary in greeting? “Hail full of grace!”

Mary was fully open to God. Unencumbered by the baggage of sin, jealousies, insecurities, vengefulness, lustfulness, impatience, intolerance, etc., God was able to burst forth from her into the world in a most dramatic way. God walked among us!

Today we get to honor Mary as patroness of the United States. She is our model and guide, and what a perfect example for us as a nation. Like her, the fuller of grace that we can become, the more God can break in on the human scene and establish his kingdom.

Grace builds on grace. Try to make it to Mass today on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. You, your family, your parish, and you nation are enriched by your worship today.

Remaining Masses at St. Sebastian: 5:30 extraordinary form (Latin) and 7 PM.


MJ said...

One of the perks of teaching in a Catholic school. It's easy to attend Mass on holy days. I don't even have to plan around other daily acivities.

lgreen515 said...

"There is no 'try'. Do, or do not."

Chuck said...

As a child I thought like a child and never fully understood our devotion to Mary. As an adult, it is God's grace that enriches me and gives me more faith. Mary can be our mother too. Mary can help each of us to grow, mature and to understand our mission from God and to be capable of surrendering ourselves in following Jesus.

"...Mother of Mercy, Our Life, Our Sweetness, and Our Hope!..."

Fr. V said...

515 - :>)