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Advent through Christmas -- 2007

Saturday, December 8, First Week in Advent

In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. Luke:1:26-38

Do you think Mary, just before the Annunciation, had a sense that she was specially blessed by God?

It is our teaching that Mary was free from sin from the very moment of her conception. We also teach that she was “full of grace” and that she was perfectly sinless.

Do you think Mary knew this or had a sense of this?

There are legends about Mary that would have us believe that she must have known.

And what about me? Do I have a sense that God has been especially at work within me, blessing me with special gifts from my early years?

After all, I was baptized and confirmed. God cleansed me of sin, poured the Holy Spirit into my inmost soul. Jesus called me by name to be his disciple. I have received Jesus himself time and time again in the Eucharist. I have joined with him in going to the Father and giving myself completely to God.

There are very unusual special works of God in me. I have been specially blessed by God, but I don’t always think of it that way. Perhaps I have a hard time believing it.

Believe it and live it!

Spend some quiet time with the Lord.

26 posted on 12/09/2007 6:01:50 PM PST by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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Keep the candles burning on this thread, please!
27 posted on 12/09/2007 8:37:27 PM PST by Ciexyz
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