For us Catholic folks, Christmas celebrations continue, all the way up through early January. Today, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, on the eighth day of Christmas. It’s an excellent way to start off the New Year, commemorating the motherhood of Mary and reflecting on her role.
But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart
Looking over the readings for today, this passage jumped out at me. I strive (and fail miserably most times) to be like Mary, and quiet contemplation is not one of my strong points.
This year, I’m going to TRY to be a little quieter — to appreciate my role as a mother, and be thankful for how very blessed I am.
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You really are blessed with a wonderful family. I’m learning how to be quiet and appreciate mine – it’s easier when they start keeping their clothes on and stop pretending to be baby dinosaurs 😉
Rose @ Walnut Acre says
Quiet contemplation is not one of my strong points either but definitely worth working on.
What a beautiful post! I am so glad I discovered your blog through Spiritual Sundays. I too am a Catholic and find so much joy in the fact that for us Christmas does not end on December 25th…it is just beginning!!! 🙂
I look forward to following your blog and learning more about you and your sweet family.
Happy New Year,
Hi Dianna, I found your blog linked up at RAnn’s Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival and came over to say hello. I too, blogged about the Solemnity of Mary and found myself knee deep into the real meaning of celebrating the New Year. I’m quite happy the Catholic Church instituted this solemnity and Mary’s role in our salvation history. Rather than the ancient Roman tradition of celebrating the Roman god Janus on the New Year.
My mothering is coming to a close. My daughters are now my best friends. I’ve found the contemplation is easier as the children age — we’re alone much more often. I’m trying to embrace my “new” stage but oh, I loved being a mother.
A very worthy goal. And enjoy those children. They will be grown before you know it. Can’t believe my youngest will be 52 this year.
New Year Blessings,
Boy, I must be getting old. My youngest will be 50. My oldest will be 52.