Sr. Mary of Joseph Budz
History of the Woman who waits
Being that this Sunday we celebrate and remember our mothers, I was thinking back on some of my fondest memories growing up, and the thought came to me of the joy I received returning home after a long day at school to find my mom waiting for me. It’s a simple thought, and an occurrence that I often took for granted, but as I reflected more, I realized a not-so-coincidental similarity with the Woman who we also celebrate and honor this weekend as Our Mother, Our Lady of Luján: the Woman who waits.
Br. Constantine Carpenter
“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14)
A most blessed Solemnity of the Annunciation to all! It was on this very same day about two thousand years ago in the small town of Nazareth that the Second Person of the Most Holy Trinity took flesh in the womb of the Virgin Mary.
In an attempt to understand the mystery of the incarnation, we first need to keep in mind the big picture, that is, the whole purpose and reason of why God even became man.
Today the Church celebrates the Feast of the Presentation of the Child Jesus.
This specific Feast represents well the total and free offering of self to God, because it was on this day that Mary offered Jesus to the Father. All the faithful, through our baptismal consecration, can imitate today’s mystery by offering our littleness to the Father through the hands of Mary.
Br. Jacob Fluech
For many non-Catholics and even many Catholics, the way that the Catholic Church honors Mary can seem confusing, weird, or just downright unbiblical. It might seem that, by honoring Mary, we are worshiping her or are taking away from the honor that should be given to God alone. How does the Catholic Church explain its intense devotion to Mary? Well, although on the surface the Bible seems to say very little about her, when we dig deep into Sacred Scripture, we do find Mary, in a profound way, and we can understand the high praise that Catholics give her.