Celebrating the birthday of Mary.
With our table centrepiece...I put this together at six thirty this morning, so the kids could see our display in honour of Mary's birthday first thing...and blueberry cheesecake ( white for purity; blue for Our Lady)...cheesecake for Catholic homeschoolers meeting and for a supper in our parish, after Mass tonight. Fr reminded us, in his homily, that Mary is a model for us, a gift from God, and that we should never refuse gifts. We were reminded that we should venerate, that is to say, remember and honour, Our Lord's mother.
Wishing in his supreme goodness and wisdom to effect the redemption of the world, 'when the fullness of time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman ... that we might receive the adoption of sons' (Gal 4:4-5)" (Lumen gentium, n. 52)
Mary is endowed with the high office and dignity of the Mother of the Son of God, and therefore she is also the beloved daughter of the Father and the temple of the Holy Spirit (Lumen gentium, n. 53).