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Contents: Volume 2 - Mary Mother of God -A- January 1 , 2020







1. -- Lanie LeBlanc OP

2. -- Carol & Dennis Keller

3. -- Brian Gleeson CP

4. -- Paul O'Reilly SJ

5. --(Your reflection can be here!)





Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God 2020

For Catholic Christians, today is the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. In our Gospel reading, we read/hear: "Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart". Mary was able to live her sometimes very tumultuous life in accordance with God's will because of her prayerfulness and connection to the Holy.

We have a new beginning today in our lives, a bit more solemn and important perhaps than even the beginning of each new day. It is also a new year and a new decade, 2020. It is a perfect time to reflect on where we are in our spiritual lives in a serious way and to decide how also to stay prayerful and close to the Holy no matter what our lives bring.

In the midst of our New Year's Day traditions whether they include non-stop football, a family meal, a new exercise routine, or just some personal quietness, let us focus on the very, very important direction we have been going. Let us begin with mass today and, as the Offertory gifts are brought to the altar, let us offer the person we each are as well. Let us acknowledge our failings and ask for continued graces.

Let us, in particular, ask Mary, the Mother of God and our mother, to aid us as we commit to a more positive direction in our lives. Included in that must be the gift of peace, the inner peace given to Mary through grace, as she managed her surprising life with calmness and faithfulness. Let us hear the echo of the Lord's voice as he spoke through Moses and which we read/hear each January 1st: "The Lord bless and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace."


Dr. Lanie LeBlanc OP

Southern Dominican Laity





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