First Friday, January 2, 2015

J.M.J. Yesterday, Pope Francis concluded his Homily during Holy Mass on the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, the 48th World Day of Peace and the first day of the Year of Our Lord 2015 with a passage that seems not to have been part of the prepared text. In other words, it was ad libitum or "ad lib."

"Let us look to Mary, let us contemplate the Holy Mother of God. I suggest that you all greet her together, just like those courageous people of Ephesus, who cried out before their pastors when they entered the Church: 'Holy Mother of God!' What a beautiful greeting for our Mother. There is a story--I do not know if it is true--that some among those people had clubs in their hands, perhaps to make the Bishops understand what would happen if they did not have the courage to proclaim Mary 'Mother of God'! I invite all of you, without clubs, to stand up and to greet her three times with this greeting of the early Church: 'Holy Mother of God!'"

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us.

Saint Joseph, pray for us.

Saints Basil and Gregory, pray for us.

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