Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen
Happy New Year! On this day, we are reminded of the role that the Blessed Virgin played in the plan of our salvation. Through the Holy Spirit, God the Father prepared Mary to be the dwelling place where His Son and His Spirit could dwell among men. Bearing Christ, she bore the fullness of the Godhead within her. Jesus’ birth was made possible by Mary’s fiat or sanctioning of God’s plan with her words, “Be it done to me according to thy word”. Calling Mary “Mother of God” is the highest honor we can give to her. Just as Christmas honors Jesus as the “Prince of Peace”, the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God honors Mary as the “Queen of Peace”.
As we begin another year, we draw inspiration from the selfless love of the Theotokos (Mother of God), who never hesitated to do the will of God. And we trust in her prayers to God for us, that we might, as the years pass, become more like her. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Taken from the Benedictine Sisters of Florida:
10 Resolutions for a More Wholesome Life
- You shall not worry. It’s unproductive.
- You shall not be fearful. Most things we fear never happen anyway.
- You shall not cross bridges before you come to them.
- You shall only handle one problem at a time.
- You shall not take problems to bed. They make poor bedmates.
- You shall not borrow other people’s problems.
- You shall not try to relive yesterday. Focus on what is happening right now and be happy now!
- You shall be a good listener because some people do know more than you do.
- You shall not become bogged down by frustration, for 90 percent is rooted in self-pity.
- You shall count your blessings including the small ones.
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