HAPPY FEAST DAY, MARY
Are you prepared for the birth of Jesus? I'm not. I am a bit side-tracked, but I do know how to get back on track! Ask Mary. Ask Our Blessed Mother to send us reminders that Advent is the time for preparing for the great celebration: the birth of Our Savior, the long-awaited Messiah. Mary will lead us to the Scriptures, where we read, pray, and reflect on the Word of God. Take time to ponder the readings of the day that Holy Mother Church offers us in the liturgical cycle. The Holy Spirit inspired those writings and He will lead you to a deep and thoughtful understanding of His words.
Here is a friend of mine with her son from a number of years ago. It could be you today with a son(s) or daughter(s) or grandchild, making cookies for Mary on her feast day. Below you will see how beautifully they came out. Whether beautiful or shabby chic, they are cookies to honor the best mother in the world. Don't expect
perfection from children. Do expect creativity and lots of love!
Share your cookies with others. Cheer someone up who otherwise would be blue. Bring the children around to visit an elderly neighbor who can't get out often. Don't stay too long, but long enough to make them smile and leaves some cookies.
We can't always prepare well, but we can always do some things with great love. Whatever you do, great or small do it with great love. (A paraphrase from Mother Teresa of Calcutta.)
These cookies were made with lots of love by 7th grade girls. There is lots of creativity and love for M, Mary, Mother, Mine.
Hail and blessed be the hour and the moment, when the Son of God was born of the most, pure virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that vouchsafe, Oh my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desire through the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His most, blessed Mother. Amen