On this 8th day of September, we celebrate the birthday of our Blessed Mother. Exactly nine months ago, on December 8, we celebrated her Immaculate Conception. In the same way, we celebrate the conception of Jesus on the feast of the Annunciation—March 25—and then his birth exactly nine months later, on December 25.
Because of the beauty and loveliness of the Virgin Mother of Jesus, all the aspects of her conception, birth, life, and then assumption into heaven are reasons for rejoicing and happiness for us. Even her sorrows are causes of our rejoicing, because in them, she was united with her divine Son. Had he not suffered, she would not have suffered either. Today we are happy because she was born without original sin, having been preserved from it by her unique relationship with God her Father, God her Son, and God her divine Spouse by whose overshadowing she conceived the Savior of the world.
Thanks to our progress in historical accuracy, we now know that Jesus was born about the year 6 B.C. according to our calculations, and that therefore his holy Mother was born about sixteen years before that. Therefore, about what we would now call 22 B.C. That was about  years ago. A Palestinian Jewess whom we call Ann gave birth to a baby girl, probably having no inkling that this baby of hers would be called blessed for the rest of human history. It was all very quiet, very secret. But then, some fifteen years later, an archangel knelt before the young Mary and said to her, “Hail! Full of Grace! The Lord is with you.” The rest, as we say, is history—sacred history. The history of the salvation of humankind. No more secrecy about the great works of God. Saint Elizabeth, her son Saint John the Baptist, Saint Joseph, the shepherds at Bethlehem, the magi from the east and then an ever-widening circle came to know of the blessed of Mary and the divinity of her Son. And here we are, some two thousand years later, being happy over the birth of the little girl somewhere in Palestine so long ago, and her son in Bethlehem for whom her conception and birth made preparation.
In the natural order, the sun which is the light of our world appears each morning from the womb of the early dawn. For this reason, our liturgy often compares Christ to the sun and his holy mother to the dawn. The alleluia verse for this beautiful feast says this: Happy are you, Holy Virgin Mary, deserving of all praise; from you arose the sun of justice, Christ the Lord. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago.