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Monday, December 9, 2013

Feast of Mary's Immaculate Conception

We ask God, in the collect for this feast , through the intercession of Mary, that we, too, "may be cleansed and admitted to your presence." We pray for our country today (Patron Feast) and we also ponder how God has called each of us - we are chosen and destined, as Saint Paul tells us in the second reading from Ephesians, "that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ."

This Feast coming in Advent makes me think of how much I need Mary's help to prepare for the coming of her Son. I love to think of how centered she was on the yet unborn baby she carried; may she help us to be centered on Jesus during this season when so many responsibilities, invitations, extra material preparations so often overwhelm us.

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