On Thursday, as I read to my children about Candlemas or the Purification from St. Catherine's Academy Gazette, I could not help but comment to them about the virtues of Mary and the virtue of humility. A couple of weeks ago, our pastor spoke about Our Blessed Mother in his Sunday sermon. On the Friday prior to that, he had spoken about the virtue of humility and about how all that we have and do comes from God. We are nothing. The instruction regarding the Purification complemented our pastor's sermons so well. If you have not read pages 9 and 10 of St. Catherine's Academy Gazette, I highly recommend that you do so. I wish that I could share my pastor's sermons with you too.
|The Presentation of the Temple by Philippe de Champaigne|
My Queen! My Mother!
I give thee all myself, and to show my devotion to thee,
I consecrate to thee my eyes, my ears, my mouth,
my heart, my entire self.
Wherefore, O loving Mother, as I am thine own, keep me,
defend me, as thy property and possession.