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Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Today we celebrate the feast of Mary's Presentation in the Temple. Actually, we do not know much about that. This feast originated as a commemoration of the dedication of the basilica of St. Mary's the New in Jerusalem in 543. It began to be celebrated in the Western liturgical calendar in 1585. This information comes from "Living With Christ" and also says that "today, we recognize Mary as a temple where God dwelt in a special way because of her role as Mother of Jesus."
There is a tradition in the Society of the Sacred Heart in our schools of preparing the little ones for this feast and allowing one among the best behaved to be "little Mary" in a special ceremony.
In preparation for the Feast of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for having a heavenly mother who often consoles me while telling me to do whatever Jesus tells me. I am also grateful for all mothers who teach children to realize that God loves us unconditionally.