Happy Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God!
So I’m going to break all of the rules again, just like last week. If you aren’t Catholic, then you probably don’t realize that one week after Christmas (today) is another really important day. Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. In the Catholic Church, today is a Holy Day of Obligation (like Christmas) where Catholics are obliged to go to Mass. I love this feast day so much and I wanted to share it with all of you. Last year, I wrote a little post about the Hail Mary, this year I want to share some quotes from one of my favorite books.
From Hail, Holy Queen by Scott Hahn:
I sat on the bed, then dropped to my knees and prayed an apology to Jesus.
I felt I’d let Him down by letting His mother down. I felt as if I’d run
with the ball to the one-yard line, only to fumble short of the goal.
I said, “I’m sorry, Lord, for my weakness and failure.” I prayed a Hail Mary.
Series: Jesus of Nazareth
Publisher: Image (2012)
Hardcover (127 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2015 Alphabet Soup, 2015 What's In A Name?, Read 2015
New York Times Bestseller! The momentous third and final volume in the Pope’s international bestselling Jesus of Nazareth series, detailing how the stories of Jesus’ infancy and childhood are as relevant today as they were two thousand years ago.
In 2007, Joseph Ratzinger published his first book as Pope Benedict XVI in order “to make known the figure and message of Jesus.” Now, the Pope focuses exclusively on the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life as a child. The root of these stories is the experience of hope found in the birth of Jesus and the affirmations of surrender and service embodied in his parents, Joseph and Mary. This is a story of longing and seeking, as demonstrated by the Magi searching for the redemption offered by the birth of a new king. It is a story of sacrifice and trusting completely in the wisdom of God as seen in the faith of Simeon, the just and devout man of Jerusalem, when he is in the presence of the Christ child. Ultimately, Jesus’ life and message is a story for today, one that speaks to the restlessness of the human heart searching for the sole truth which alone leads to profound joy.
Is November really over! It seems like this month has gone by so very fast for me. It is crazy!
Things that Happened in November
- So much has happened it is hard to get it all in words. One of the students at my school suffered a stroke and is hospitalized for now. A counselor at the district high school died from an unexpected heart attack. My grandmother has been hospitalized yet again. It really hasn’t been a great month.
- My religious education class (4th grade) was enrolled in the Association of the Miraculous Medal. They are all so excited to have miraculous medals.
Books I Read in November
Seven Quick Takes is a weekly link-up hosted by This Ain't The Lyceum.
It is absolutely crazy to realize that religious education starts this coming Wednesday. Usually we would have begun already, but the Director just had her baby so we held off starting. I have been working very hard to get the classroom all ready for the students. It is just about there.
First there is the west wall that starts the theme for my classroom this year: Divine Mercy. The small board on the left is based on the Divine Mercy image. I had a lot of fun getting that board ready.
The northern wall continues the theme of Divine Mercy. This is also the main wall of the classroom and the boards that I use most often. As you can see, I already have the Creed and the first two mysteries of the Rosary ready to go on Wednesday.