The link below is my entry from May of 2018. I wrote it to commemorate the new Feast Day that Pope Francis had initiated, Mary, Mother of the Church. Now, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which we celebrate today, has been on the calendar since 1969. One could argue that the two days contain very similar, if not the same title. We believe, in my faith, that the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ so one day dedicated to the Church and one to the Son, both via the Mother’s fiat of taking Jesus and then all of us into her heart, are indeed similar.

It has been explained by the Pope in this way:

“The many mysteries of Jesus’ life that Mary pondered were brought to full understanding in her heart at Pentecost. As the Church was fully established in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, strengthening the Lord’s followers to believe in and to proclaim the Gospel, the Blessed Mother was there as the foremost example of what it means to fully say yes to Jesus.” The feast day falls on the Sunday after Pentecost, hence the Pope’s emphasis on the Holy Spirit.

Upon creating the feast in 2018, Pope Francis said he wished to “encourage the growth of the maternal sense of the Church in the pastors, religious and faithful, as well as a growth of genuine Marian piety”.

Whatever the Pope’s motivation, the link below is suitable for both occasions. And I hope you will read it again. Or for the first time if you missed it or weren’t following me two years ago.

Happy New Year and may the prayers of the Blessed Mother to Jesus, her Beloved Son, be with us all in 2021.

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