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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Mary Virgin and Mother

Oh, Virgin Joy of all the world art thou In whose white, fragrant steps the countless throng On souls elect doth follow God with song: Creation's Queen, whose bright and holy brow The multitude of Saints, like stars, endow With changeful splendors, flashing far and strong: The Main unshadow'd by the primal wrong: God's Lily, chosen in His shrine to bow All these thy glories are, and still a grace More high, more dread, and yet more sweet and fair, Doth bind thy royal brows, O Mary blest. God called thee Mother; yea, His sacred face The tender likeness of thine own doth wear. And thou art ours - we trust Him for the rest.

-St. Elizabeth Seton

For Reflection: Today is the Solemnity of Mother of God. What references do we see to this title of Mary in the Saint's poem? Which touches you most deeply and why? Consider the title the Saint gives to Our Lady - Creation's Queen. Ponder the way in which all of creation's surrender to God is found most perfectly in Mary's "fiat" to God. Journal your thoughts. How can you unite your "yes" to God in hers?

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 30

December 31
Day 30: Daily Gracelines: Today is the final day of our ADVENTure with Mary
 
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: "May the Virgin Mary, whom today we venerate with the title of Mother of God, help us to contemplate the face of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. May she sustain us and accompany us in this New Year: and may she obtain for us and for the whole world the gift of peace. Amen!"

Challenge: Where is God leading you in 2019? Spend time with the Lord this week asking Jesus and Mary to send you the grace of wisdom through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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