Blessed Virgin Mary: January 2011 Archives
Monsignor René Laurentin published a new edition of the Dictionary of Apparitions of the Virgin Mary. More than 2600 apparitions are included in the edition from around the world.
The video clip introducing the Dictionary is here.
The sacred Liturgy of the Church fittingly calls to mind three aspects of worship and gives us the essential qualities of Christian life and praise of God. We can note from the Liturgy the (1) humility of all the characters in today's Gospel, (2) the adoration of the Holy Name of Jesus, (3) and closeness to the Virgin Mary, Mother of God.
Humility proclaims the greatness of God
Approaching to the divine is done only in humility; only in recognizing that we don't make ourselves; only in knowing who we are in front of God, creator of heaven and earth. The gospel tells how to approach God: like the humble people of history:
- Jesus, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, was made flesh, who fulfilled the Law with the rite of circumcision and accepted the name given by the angel
- Mary, the teenage virgin who stands in wonder and awe before the Spirit
- Joseph, the righteous carpenter, who protected the Gift
- shepherds, the rustic men who were amazed and glorified and praise God.