Holy Family

Holy Family

Monday, November 21, 2011

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Good morning. We are reminded this time of year of the need to be grateful. Although given the trials and tribulations we may be struggling with it might sometimes be a bit of a struggle to truly feel as grateful as we should; upon reflection we really do have much to be thankful for. Today as we celebrate the Memorial of The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary we are reminded of the need to return to God all that we have to give as our Blessed Mother did. In the end there is no way we can truly repay God for the gift of our lives and our salvation. Our Blessed Mother offers to us a wonderful example of this gratefulness, as does the poor widow in today’s Gospel; both demonstrate for us the need to love with everything we have. We are called to this same type of love in the sacrament of marriage. In marriage we are called to give of ourselves totally as Christ did for us; and our ability to give of ourselves totally comes from our recognizing our dependence on God’s care for us. We are called in marriage to give of ourselves as God Became Man gave of Himself upon the cross. If we live each day with recognition of the need to live our lives for the common good of our marriage our lives will truly reflect the love witnessed by the cross. Blessed John Paul II in his Letter to Families reminds us of this “When a man and a woman in marriage mutually give and receive each other in the unity of “one flesh,” the logic of the sincere gift of self becomes a part of their life.” What will you give your spouse today? Make a great day!

Today we celebrate the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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