When my father-in-law retired, he spent considerable time in his basement workshop. He became a skilled woodworker, crafting many projects that he generously gifted to family members. Some of his most delightful endeavors were wooden toys for his grandchildren – a cradle, trucks, planes, cars, a dollhouse, a toy train, boats, and many more. His great-grandchildren now enjoy the toys; they keep them in the box he also made. Things we treasure have a way of enduring.
Mary’s birth is not recorded in the Bible. What we celebrate on September 8 each year is not Mary’s birthday in the traditional sense, but we honor the blessing of her being born. The word nativity refers to the circumstance or occasion of one being born.
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Luke’s version of the beatitudes sounds like an echo of Mary’s Magnificat when she meets Elizabeth. They both express a hope to be realized in the future. Luke follows the beatitudes with the pronouncement of woes addressed to the disciples. They would be blessed or condemned depending on how they live their discipleship.
Jesus went up a mountain and there he stayed the night praying to God. I couldn’t even begin to imagine what this could have been like. Were any words exchanged? Maybe none were needed.
Megan Cottam encourages families of young children to focus on the joys and the building of faith-filled memories, even with the squirmiest of kids, while celebrating Mass together.