This devotional is uniquely Catholic in that the meditation is based on the daily readings for the Mass, called the Lectionary. But you don't have to be Catholic to find a home here! Click on 'Today's reading' for the lectionary link to read the bible readings, then click the back button and spend a few minutes with the meditation. Relax! This is your time, well deserved, much needed, and holy. Let all the things you "should be doing" melt away and bask in the presence of your God who loves you!

Before we begin, let us pray,

Father, you created me and put me on earth for a purpose. Jesus, you died for me and called me to complete your work. Holy Spirit, you help me to carry out the work for which I was created and called. In your presence and name - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit - I begin my meditation.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mary.

Lectionary: 636
Reading 1
Responsorial Psalm
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The birth of every child is a wondrous beginning. Did Mary's parents have any idea that their child would grow to be the mother of our Lord? If they did, would they have loved her any more?
One more thing: Church tradition says that Mary was an answer to prayer for her barren parents. How many of us have prayed for our lives to be blessed by a child? Mary was indeed a blessing not only to her parents, but to all of mankind. On this day of celebration of Mary's birth, try to remember the longing you had for your own child. Let us never forget that despite the demands they place on us moms, each child is a blessing with a wondrous beginning as each day unfolds.
Prayer: Dear God, thank you for sending Mary to be the mother of my Lord. Help me to always remember what a blessing my children are to me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen. Mary, my heavenly mother, pray for me.

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