I was ten years old and had my first … and only … theatrical experience. O.K, to be honest, it was only in front of Ms. Morgan’s fourth grade class and I didn’t say a word. I played William Magee Seton, the husband of today’s St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. I can vividly remember standing with Mary LaFlamme who told the story of this holy woman—the first native born American citizen to be recognized as a Saint.
Friends - There is a splendid, magnificent, grace-filled, experiment you might want to know about and possibly take up in the New Year. It is called a NOVENA, a nine-day exercise in prayer that just might change the trajectory of your spiritual life for the better in 2021.
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Who is this Anna we just heard about? She only appears in the scriptures here, in the narrative of the Presentation, what we know as the 4th Joyful Mystery of the Rosary. It’s an amazing event: AN EPIPHANY!
"So that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." What could that phrase possibly mean? For a poor couple like Mary and Joseph, it was a joy to bring their first born son to the temple to be offered to God. We know they were poor because a sacrifice of two turtledoves was the typical offering of the poor at the time. In the temple, Mary and Joseph encounter an elderly man named Simeon and an elderly widow named Anna...
As we look to these last days of Advent, this season of preparation and hope for Christ’s coming, let’s take a moment to consider what we are hoping for and how we put into action a renewed life with Christ. Amid the noise and the spirit of the Christmas season, an easy temptation is to let the Incarnation of Jesus be an abstract and distant nicety.
A teen-aged Mary traveled in haste from Nazareth, 70-80 miles, to visit Elizabeth. It was Elizabeth who shared her wisdom and guidance with young Mary, who was just conceived a child by the Holy Spirit. Often women, with child for the first time, seek out and listen to the voice of experience, and are comforted by that voice.