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Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, Cycle A
Luke 2:16-21
Friends, on this feast of Mary the mother of God, I would like to emphasize specially the word today’s Gospel associated with her: treasured. “Mary treasured these things and reflected on them in her heart.” She pondered them, turned them over, sought out their causes, saw their implications, allowed them to work their way into the marrow of her bones.

Bl. John Henry Newman said that this treasuring quality of Mary makes her the patroness of theology. He furthermore observed that theology is one of the marks of a healthy Catholicism. Augustine, Aquinas, Bonaventure, Dante, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Newman himself, John Paul II are all Marian figures in this sense.

So when you know your mission; be astonished by what God has done; and never stop treasuring it.

–Bishop Robert Barron

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“Oh Jesus, bring me closer to your Mother, who in turn will bring me close to you. Mary, as your child, I rely on your motherly prayers. Your whole life was devoted to making Jesus known and loved. Pray for me to love him more this year than ever before.”

-from A Eucharistic Christmas 

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“As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.”

— Saint Thomas Aquinas

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“Let us ask the Lord to grant us one very special grace—to love Our Lady, especially through all the work we do for Jesus, with Jesus, and to Jesus. We must ask him to deepen our love for Mary, making it more personal and intimate. We want to: Love her as he loved her. Be a cause of joy to her as he was. Keep close to her as he did. Share everything with her, even the cross, as he did when she stood near the cross on Calvary. We must love her unconditionally, trust her fully, abandon ourselves to her totally and without reserve. Nothing is impossible for those who call Mary their mother. During the day, let us often raise our hearts to her and ask her how we can love God as she loved him, that we, too, can love him with her heart.”

— Saint Teresa of Calcutta

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