The Nativity Of The Blessed Virgin Mary

09-08-2019Pastor's LetterFr. John C. Granato

My Dear Friends,

Today is the birthday of our Blessed Mother. Mary, of course, was conceived without Original Sin, the privilege given to her that we commemorate on December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. That feast day is of greater importance, for two reasons. The first is that life begins at conception, so we do right by honoring Mary at the moment she was conceived in the womb of St. Anne. Second, she was conceived without sin, full of grace as the Sacred Scripture says and as we repeat in the recitation of the Hail Mary prayer.

But just as our Lord's humanity and divinity are veiled under the appearance of bread and wine, our humanity is veiled within the womb of our mother until she gives birth. We are no less human in the womb than outside of the womb, but birth is an unveiling of the great mystery and miracle of life that has occurred with the help of God through the procreative act. Other animals reproduce. Humans procreate. God has given us a body and a soul, and he fashions each one of us in the womb when we are conceived in the "marital act." Biology may say it takes the man and woman to bring forth new life, but we as Christians know that it is the man, the woman, and the Holy Spirit, the Lord and Giver of life, that is present at the first moment of life in the womb.

We rightfully celebrate the day of our birth, but the day of our birth is not the first day of our life. It is the culmination of the life that began in the womb at the moment of conception and the nine months of being nourished and cared for by the person we call mother. On this birthday celebration of our Blessed Mother, let us honor her with a spiritual bouquet by praying a rosary. The rosary is nothing more than a love letter to our Blessed Mother as we say how much we love her fifty three times as we meditate on the mysteries of our Lord's life, death and Resurrection. Happy birthday, Mary. Pray for us who have recourse to thee.

May God Bless,
Father John