Posted by: fvbcdm | December 31, 2013

Feast of Pope Saint Sylvester (31 December 2013)

It gives me a strange feeling to type the date “December 31,″ at the top of this daily message!  The last day of the year. The third Christian millennium is already [13] years old and is about to begin its [fourteenth] year.  Tomorrow begins a new year, and as the saying goes, it is the beginning of the rest of our lives. So let us pause in our holiday activities to praise and thank God for all the gifts and graces he has showered upon us this year which ends today— and indeed in all the years of our lives up until now. And let us make a conscious decision to rededicate and reconsecrate ourselves to the knowledge, love, and service of God in all of our tomorrows. Thanks to our liturgical calendar, we begin each year with the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.  On December 25, we celebrate the birth of Our Lord Jesus Christ into our human family. On the octave day of that celebration—that is, eight days later—we turn our eyes to the woman chosen by God to be the one who would clothe the Eternal Word, the divine Son of God, in human flesh. She is Mary of Nazareth, and because she is the mother of Jesus, she is also the Mother of God, since Jesus is the Second Person of the Divine Trinity. We say time and again, all our lives, “Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners . . . .”

So on these days—the last of one year and the beginning of another, I wish you a very happy new year, and ask our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God, to bless you and keep you very close to her Divine Son. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you.

Note:  This is a CDM composed by Father Brown in the past.

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