Thursday, May 21, 2009

[MaryVitamin] Nazareth and Our Lady of America

Mary Vitamin for May 21st

 Topic: Our Lady of America and Nazareth

NAZARETH, ISRAEL - MARCH 29: A Christian Arab ...

Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth Image by Getty Images via Daylife


Our Lady of America

"It is the wish of my Son that fathers and mothers strive to imitate me and my chaste spouse in our holy life at Nazareth. We practiced the simple virtues of family life, Jesus our Son being the center of all our love and activity."

November 8th, 1954


Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Nazareth on May 14, 2009

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates mass in Nazareth,...

Pope Benedict Celebrates Mass in Nazareth Image by AFP/Getty Images via Daylife

In God's plan for the family, the love of husband and wife bears fruit in new life, and finds daily expression in the loving efforts of parents to ensure an integral human and spiritual formation for their children. In the family each person, whether the smallest child or the oldest relative, is valued for himself or herself, and not seen simply as a means to some other end. Here we begin to glimpse something of the essential role of the family as the first building-block of a well-ordered and welcoming society.

 The Apostle Paul, writing to the Colossians, speaks instinctively of the family when he wishes to illustrate the virtues which build up the "one body" which is the Church. As "God's chosen ones, holy and beloved", we are called to live in harmony and peace with one another, showing above all forbearance and forgiveness, with love as the highest bond of perfection (cf. Col 3:12-14).


To imitate Mary's virtues practiced in the Holy Family of Nazareth, Pope Benedict tells me I need to recognize the value of each person. I must strive to live in peace and show forgiveness.  Today I will slow down to remember that the people in my life are Christ to me and I am Mary to them.

 Marian Vow:

Our Lady of America on November 8th, 1954 to Sr. Mary Ephrem

"I need your help to bring peace into the world. Do not disappoint me."

 I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

 Thanks be to God for graces received.

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Deacon John

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