Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Happy Birthday, Mary! All Things are Made New.

"Justly then do we celebrate this mystery since it signifies for us a double grace. We are led towards the truth, and we are led away from our condition of slavery to the letter of the law. How can this be? Darkness yields before the coming of light, and grace exchanges legalism for freedom. But midway between the two stands today's mystery, at the frontier where types and symbols give way to reality, and the old is replaced by the new....Today this created world is raised to the dignity of a holy place for him who made all things. The creature is newly prepared to be a divine dwelling place for the Creator."

-St. Andrew of  Crete, discourse on the Nativity of Mary (Office of Readings, Sept.8)

Mother of God by Katherine Sockey. copyright 2015 

9 comments:

  1. Nice picture.

    I have a question:

    What's with the Saints that appear in an appendix of the breviary, such as tomorrow's, St. Peter Claver? Why not in the proper of saints?

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    1. To expand a bit on what Daria said below, the number of saints' days on the calendar had been a huge problem for many centuries before the issue started being addressed in the 1950s. Not only was the calendar almost completely full of saints days (many months had only 1 or 2 free days), but a lot of the saints on the "universal" calendar were local Italian saints, while major figures outside of Europe were not there at all.

      The newer guidelines for the calendar that started in the 60s try to keep the mandatory universal saints limited to those that truly have worldwide significance for Catholics. Since Peter Claver's mission was most significant in America, he is not on the universal calendar.

      In other cases the rank is simply raised -- for instance, Jogues and Brebeuf, early missionaries to the Americas, are an optional memorial on the universal calendar but a required memorial for the US.

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    2. Thanks for the followup. Another good example would be Our Lady of Guadalupe. It's a feast in the USA, and maybe a Solemnity in Mexico, but surely not more than an optional memorial in many other parts of the world.

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  2. As you know there are far more saints than days in the year. The Church only puts a handful of these on its universal calendar to be observed world wide. But different countries' bishops designate other days for local celebration of the saints that are important to them. So you will see new world and in particular American saints in the appendix of the USA breviary. I own an African breviary and its appendix has memorials for saints that you and I seldom or never hear about.

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  3. Loved this! Thanks for the reminder to honor the Mother of our Lord today.

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  4. The picture/painting gives us so much to think about. Thank you.

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    1. Glad you like it. My college-age daughter did it for a local art contest this year. Of course I'm biased, but I'm really moved by the symbolism too. The sword has already pierced her heart but she's wrested the sword away from Satan, she's not in the least afraid of him or even paying him any attention, but is looking calmly to heaven for direction. And all this is accomplished through her by that little Baby she's holding.

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  5. Good Morning Daria, forgive me jumping protocol, but I live in Chile, and I have an exceptional request. Last night we had another major earthquake and Tsunami. I and my family thanks be to God are well, but the earth continues very unstable, and we are having countless aftershocks. I would like to ask all those who pass by your blog to offer a prayer for all those who died and were damaged by the earthquake and Tsunami.

    Thanks and God bless you all, Norman

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