Mary, Mother of God, Pray for Us (And a Little New Year Gift)

I want to wish all of you a truly Blessed and grace-filled New Year. Whatever this new year may bring, I pray that you be filled with all peace and joy and comfort in our Blessed Lord.

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Today isn’t only the first day of the New Year but also the beautiful Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. Churchyear.net explains this  lovely feast this way,

When Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God we are not only honoring Mary, who was chosen among all women throughout history to bear God incarnate, but we are also honoring our Lord, who is fully God and fully human. Calling Mary “mother of God” is the highest honor we can give Mary. Just as Christmas honors Jesus as the “Prince of Peace,” the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God honors Mary as the “Queen of Peace” This solemnity, falling on New Year’s Day, is also designated the World Day of Peace.”

For more information about this lovely feast go here and here.

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As we begin the New Year, and make resolutions and such, I would like to encourage you to make a priority this year. To help you pray in union with our Catholic faith, I put together a list of all the major (and not-so-major) saint and feast days. It is in pdf form so you can print it out and keep it somewhere handy. Then each month, week or day, you can see what feasts and devotons are being celebrated at any given day. There is no opt-in required so go ahead and download the pdf here: http://www.simplecatholicliving.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Saints-and-Feasts-in-2018.pdf

Merry Christmas and See You Next Year! (Blogging Break)

Today starts my yearly Christmas blogging break. There are several things going on so I am starting the break a little early this year. You know the drill – “when you make plans, God laughs!”  I’ll be back on or around January 4, 2017, I promise. 🙂 (Wow, I can’t believe I am writing 2017! Where did the time go?!)

I am very grateful for each of you and wish all of you and your families a truly wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year Celebration. May 2017 be a year of great graces and blessings for all of us.

Christmas manger

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Mary Mother of God and Happy New Year!

I wish all of you a blessed, happy and grace-filled New Year!

Today is also the solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, which is a wonderful feast to bring in the new  year. Let this solemnity be an incentive to strengthen and deepen our relationship with Mary because the closer we are to Mary, the closer we are to Jesus!

Mary, Mother of God(Image in Public Domain)