Mary is the Key which Opens the Door

Latin “iānus” meaning divine gate, door. We enter a new year with January as the first month of the year and the first day of January being the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God; opening the door to a new year to honor her. We praise God by honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary as Mother of God. The message is clear: Mary is the key which opens the door for the contemplation of the beauty on the face of Christ, the Redeemer of the human race and Mary’s Son.

We recognize on this first day of the year our beloved Blessed Mother Mary. Salvation is a gift of God, but we must cooperate with God’s grace. Mary is the model par excellence of this cooperation. Mary assented, conceived, and gave birth and now we are adopted children of God. No wonder we honor Mary; she reflected, pondered and worked out in her daily YES to God the meaning of God with Us. Where did she faithfully go? From Bethlehem to Calvary so must we, so that we may share someday in the glory that Mary, our Mother already experiences.

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