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The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

December 8: Patronal Feast Day of the United States of America On December 8 each year we celebrate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  A solemnity is the highest ranking feast day on our liturgical calendar, and this particular feast day is also a holy day of obligation.  And yet the Immaculate Conception might be the most misunderstood of all our feast days.  If you were to poll Catholics as to what we are celebrating on this feast day, most would respond that we are celebrating Mary’s conception of Jesus.  But …

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The Way You Do The Things You Do

I came across a reflection topic recently that totally surprised me.  It was first of all very simple.  Secondly, very obvious.  And thirdly, something that I had never managed to think of on my own before. The idea is basically this:  What would Mary do if she was living in my life?  How would she handle and respond to the very same people, responsibilities, and challenges that I deal with? For example:  What would she do right now, with this small afternoon that seems full of things I ought to get done, but is presenting …

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