By Father Bernard Holzer, aa
This week, we celebrate two important feasts of the Blessed Virgin Mary namely her Immaculate Conception (on December 8) and her apparition at Guadalupe, near Mexico City (on December 12). What example does Mary give us for the difficult time we are going through?
I will highlight two of her characteristics:
Her total trust in God. When the angel told her that she would be the mother of the Savior, she got troubled, she was afraid, she wondered and asked questions to the angel and to God himself. But in the end, she had this wonderful answer: “May it be done to me according to Your word.”
Her sense of service. While pregnant, she traveled in haste to her cousin Elisabeth to help her while she waited for the birth of her son - who would be a prophet. She left her house and her town to help and to take care of her cousin.
In this difficult time of pandemic, let us follow Mary's example: let us surrender our life serenely to God, abandon ourselves to Him and take care of others. There are two inspiring attitudes or characteristics to prepare us, our families and our communities for the real Christmas.