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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Feast of Mary, Mother of God

Today's Feast in Mary's honor has the Shepherds telling her all that they had been told by the angel about Jesus. Mary "Kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart." May I learn to ponder the things of God in my heart as Mary did!

My "Living With Christ" has a "Household Ritual" each month. As the new year begins, it is a blessing for our calendars, appointment books, and new year. It begins with reflection on these three questions:
1. As we look at our calendars, what priorities are revealed?
2. How might we be more attentive to God's hidden presence in some of our appointments?
3. How might God enter through surprises that are not recorded on the calendar?

After some moments for sharing, all hold out their calendars and recite together:
"God of all times and seasons, we begin a new year on our journey toward you. In each of our encounters with others this year, be present and fill our days with your presence. Help us to be attentive to the needs and concerns of others and bring to them the joy of your transforming presence. Amen.

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