Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Year's Day aka Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

In his New Year's Day (aka Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) homily, Pope Francis addressed the importance of finding peace through non-violence. Mary's song of praise was for a different world, made possible by her allowing God into her life. May our world be different for the same reason.

To read his homily, go to http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/messages/peace/documents/papa-francesco_20161208_messaggio-l-giornata-mondiale-pace-2017.html

Francis has regularly written about how we must "encounter" the other to truly recognize the presence of Christ in them and allow them to recognize Christ in us. Coming out of our last election, and  attentive to the world stage that largely went unreported in 2016, may we be the peace the world needs in 2017. May we be bold enough to encounter those who disagree with us, and attempt to see the world through their eyes.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

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