By Fr. Bernard Holzer, AA
Today is a day of great celebration in the Philippines and around the world.
We celebrate the birth of the Virgin Mary.
What a gift for humanity! What a gift for all of us!
What a sign of the goodness and the tenderness on the part of God, our Father:
He gives us a mother, a Mom or Mama!
The "Hail Mary" best sums up the deep meaning of this feast:
“Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen. »
During that day,
with the angels and all the saints,
with men and women of all times and of all races,
let us simply associate ourselves with Mary's song:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age
to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things;
the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant,
remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Luke 1: 46-55)