The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Catholic Church celebrates the birth of our Blessed Virgin Mother every September 8 of the year. Tradition tells us that Mary was born at Nazareth in Galilee. Her parents were St. Joachim and St. Anne. The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary originated at Jerusalem in early times, and was extended to the whole Church in the year 687 by Pope Sergius I.
Mary, however, entered this world sinless through the privilege of the Immaculate Conception. Her nativity is a cause for great joy as it is considered the" dawn of our salvation" as Pope Paul VI wrote in the document, Marialis Cultus in 1972.
The birth of our Blessed Mother can lead us to reflect on our own life. Like Mary, we can choose to be still and hear the words of God through the prophet Jeremiah,
“I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord,
plans for your welfare, not for woe!
Plans to give you a future full of hope…
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