December 12, 2012

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. The lovely story is written up here HERE  at Our Lady of the Rosary Library.  It's such a beautiful story.  Please do indulge in a good read!

However, this morning, as I was stumbling through my missal looking for the readings for the feast day today, I stumbled across another feast of Our Lady!  December 11th is the feast of the Humility of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I am going to copy the blurb from my missal as it is so beautiful, "The whole life of the Blessed Virgin Mary was a continual practice of humility.  She had renounced all the vanities and honors of the world from the moment when, as a child, she offered herself to God in the Temple.  She felt confused when she heard the Angel's saluation. She ever sought to appear as a servant although she had been exalted to be the Queen of the universe. She was in very deed the humble handmaid of the Lord, as she terms herself in the Magnificat.".

So what is humility? It was once described to me as how we should see ourselves in the Eyes of God.  Our Blessed Mother saw herself as she was... as a creature... as nothing.  And yet!  She was the perfect mirror of the image and likeness of God!  God made us all in His image and likeness, but funny how we are mostly not very much like that mirror image but we think pretty highly of ourselves.  We are so blessed to have such a humble Mother, otherwise we wouldn't have someone who would constantly stoop to grace us with her presence, with her love and guidance and beseech God for us and give us of her overflowing abundance of Grace from God. 

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