St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do, thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the Power of God, cast into hell satan and all of the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

Glory to God in the Highest!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Holy is His Name

"The Mighty One has done great things for me, and Holy is His Name."
 Luke 1: 49

 Mary, the Mother of God, spoke these words as she and her elderly, pregnant cousin praised God for the magnificent gifts God had given them in their children.  Not in ordinary circumstances, for Mary had been told by an angel that she would be the Mother of God, if she chose to accept The Father's invitation to bear His Son.  Mary in all humility only asked, 

"How can this be since I do not know man?

After being assured by an angel that 

"Nothing is impossible for God." 
Luke 1:37

Mary replied::  

 “Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her.
Luke 1: 38 

Out of the ordinary, yet quiet and not so ordinary.  No one, except for God the Father and Elizabeth, knew that Mary carried the Son of God in her womb.  This great act of God went unnoticed by those around Mary.  To her family and friends, Mary was a young woman, engaged to a man of faith, named Joseph.  No one suspected anything beyond that, although there was some gossip about Mary's pregnancy.

Joseph and Mary were ordinary citizens in their village. When Mary left her home to live in Joseph's home, Mary became a wife.  As a wife and mother,  Mary made bread for her husband.  Mary wove the cloth that would become the robe of the King of Kings and her husband.  Mary prepared meals for her family.  Mary joined the other women in rejoicing in her pregnancy.  Mary heard the stories of other women who had given birth.  She heard the stories of their babies kicking inside of them. Mary smiled and laughed with the other women in her town as the Holy Child within her grew.

Mary gained weight and began to waddle as she walked.  Her belly grew to accommodate the King of King's and no one suspected.   So ordinary.  The season changed.  The fetus, or "little one," the Son of God, was protected and nurtured by Mother Mary, and no one in the village knew.

The conception of the Son of God, although out of the ordinary for Mary, was ordinary in the eyes of the world.   Mary protected her unborn Son.  She carried Him for 9 months in her body and gave birth to Him away from home.  Yet, His birth was so ordinary and human.  

Mary praised God and blessed Him.  Holy is His Name. 

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