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