Yours in Christ,
Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, V.F.
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The Octave Day of Christmas the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the
Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God. Why?
Mary has a special role in helping us.
As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints,
indeed among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us. Totally human.
Redeemed by reason of the merits of her Son and united to Him by a close and
indissoluble tie, she is endowed with the high office and dignity of being the
Mother of the Son of God, by which account she is also the beloved daughter of
the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit. Because of this gift of sublime
grace she far surpasses all creatures, both in heaven and on earth. At the same
time, however, because she belongs to the offspring of Adam she is one with all
those who are to be saved.
Mary embraces God's will and freely chooses to cooperate with God's grace,
thereby fulfilling a crucial role in God's plan of salvation. Throughout the
centuries, the Church has turned to the Blessed Virgin in order to come closer to
Christ. Many forms of piety toward the Mother of God developed that help
bring us closer to her Son. In these devotions to Mary, "while the Mother is
honored, the Son, through whom all things have their being and in whom it has
pleased the Father that all fullness should dwell, is rightly known, loved and
glorified and . . . all His commands are observed." (Lumen Gentium no. 33).
The Church honors her as the Mother of God, looks to her as a model of perfect
discipleship, and asks for her prayers to God on our behalf.
From the Emerald Isle I wish you all a very happy new year. May 2018 be filled
with many blessings that will help us face the new challenges that it will bring to
all of us.
I wish you the JOY of Christmas The Seasons sweet response
I wish you the PEACE of Christmas To mark the old year’s close
I wish you the HOPE of Christmas To cheer you on your way
I wish you a heart of Faith and Gladness To greet each coming day