The Feast of the Presentation of Mary
PRESENTATION of the Virgin Mary-World
1 Paul, an
apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the
church of God that is in Corinth, with all the holy ones throughout Achaia: a 2grace to you and PEACE from God our Father and
the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul is joining the Greek meaning of “grace” to the Jewish meaning of “Peace.”
THE MEANING OF GRACE The word 'grace' (CHEN in Hebrew, CHARIS in Greek), as it is used in the scriptures, literally means' favor', to bend or stoop in kindness to another as a
superior to an inferior. It has the idea of graciousness in manner or action.
(Hebrew: שָׁלוֹם shalom; also spelled as sholom, sholem, sholoim, shulem) is a Hebrew word
meaning peace, harmony, wholeness, completeness, prosperity, welfare and
tranquility and can be used idiomatically to mean both hello and
Paul is writing to the Corinthian’s about even in times of trouble God’s grace
and peace will be there. John Maxwell states that Paul is using the Law of
Empowerment in his leadership.
Law of Empowerment:
Comfort Allows Us to Comfort Others
promises to comfort us in our troubles and then asks us to comfort others. I
can imagine that is exactly what Mary did with the apostles after Christ’s
death on the cross. We are to pass on what God gives to us. We are empowered to
empower others. Leaders who empower are:
Accountable-They help others keep their commitment
Affirming-They offer words of support and
Objective when they evaluate progress.
Advise and offer direction and counsel.
Admonish others when they stray by words of caution,
rebuke or correction.
Generous and give tangible resources to help their
people reach goals.
Accepting in that they provide unconditional love.
Teachers helping others find places to apply and
practice what they learn.
may dwell on His Holy Mountain? Whoever
walks without blame, doing what is right, speaking truth from the heart; who
does not slander with his tongue, does no harm to a friend, never defames a
neighbor; who disdains the wicked, but honors those who fear the LORD; Who
keeps an oath despite the cost, lends no money at interest, accepts no bribe
against the innocent.
of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
THE Blessed Virgin was presented in
the temple at Jerusalem by her pious parents, Joachim and Ann, there to be
educated in the service and the law of the Lord in order that she might be
guarded against the defilements of the world. From this we learn:
Joachim and Ann offered to the Lord
their only and most beloved child and gave her up entirely to His service.
Great as the sacrifice was, they yet made it. The preservation of the innocence
of their daughter was to them above all else. Parents, God requires of you that
you should not merely offer your children to Him in the temple, but that you
should take care to keep them pure and holy, as living temples which have been
consecrated in Baptism.
Mary gives and dedicates herself to
God as soon as she is capable of serving Him, and that without any reservation,
for all time, and irrevocably.
then, shall we give ourselves in earnest to God? True, we have been given to
Him in holy Baptism, we have been consecrated as His temples, we have renounced
the devil and the world, we have vowed to live only for God, and this vow we
have, perhaps, often renewed; but have we kept it?
we gave with one hand have we not taken it away with the other? Have we not
denied the temple of our hearts by shameful lusts, lived for the world and
vanity more than for God? Ah, when shall we give ourselves up to God sincerely
and forever? Perhaps when we are old! But will God accept our offering then?
· Will He be pleased that we begin to serve Him only when we can no longer serve the world? That we first begin to live for Him when our life is soon to cease? No; God is a jealous Lord and is not pleased with a heart divided between Him and creatures. He requires us to love Him with all our heart and all our soul, and to serve Him with all our powers. Let us, then, do this, and do it from our youth; let us keep ourselves in body and soul undefiled for the Lord; such love, and such love only, will He reward as perfect.
O God, Who wast pleased that the blessed Mary, ever
vir gin, the habitation of the Holy Ghost, should oh this day be presented in
the temple, grant, we beseech Thee, that by her intercession we may deserve to
be presented in the temple of Thy glory.
EPISTLE. Ecclus. xxiv. 14-16.
From the beginning, and before the world, was I
created, and unto the world to come I shall not cease to be, and in the holy
dwelling-place I have ministered before Him. And so was I established in Sion,
and in the holy city likewise I rested, and my power was in Jerusalem. And I
took root in an honorable people, and in the portion of my God His inheritance,
and my abode is in the full assembly of saints.
GOSPEL. Luke xi. 27, 28.
came to pass, as He spoke these things, a certain woman from the crowd lifting
up her voice said to Him: Blessed is the womb that bore Thee, and the paps that
gave Thee suck. But He said: Yea rather, blessed are they who hear the word of
God and keep it. Explanation. By His answer Jesus would have us understand that
His Mother was not to be blessed merely because she bore Him, the Son of God,
but rather because she at all times endeavored to keep the word of God in her
heart and to observe it in her life. If you would be blessed, learn to be not
only a hearer, but a doer, of the word of God.
Things to Do
on the mystery of Mary's temporary dwelling in the sanctuary of the Old
Covenant as a preparation for the approaching season of Advent.
the order of contemplative nuns closest to you and visit their monastery (you
may want to request their prayers and you might consider supporting them
financially), they are the privileged souls who, by the grace of their
vocation, are even here below dwellers in the house of the Lord.
30 minutes reading the Bible.
more about Mary in the
Byzantine Liturgy and say one of the beautiful
prayers of the Eastern liturgy in honor of Mary.
World Television Day
Television Day celebrates the daily value of television as a symbol of
communication and globalization. Television is one of the single greatest
technological advances of the 20th century, serving to educate, inform,
entertain and influence our decisions and opinions. It is estimated that
approximately 90% of homes around the world have televisions; however, with the
introduction of internet broadcasting, the number is declining in favor of
computers. World Television Day was proclaimed by the United Nations
in 1996. It is celebrated annually on November 21.
Television Day Facts & Quotes
stimulates the economy by providing countless avenues for jobs. Over 1.2
million people in the European Union alone are employed in the media sector
France, 63% of children
between the age of 0 and 15 live in a household with 4 screens (TV, computer,
creates authority. When something is shown on TV it has a particular authority
about it because you know that you and millions of other people are seeing it
and that professionals have produced it.
Canada, nearly 95% of people aged 18-34 watch TV each month, which results in
12 and a half hours of weekly TV watching.
· Television is a medium because anything well done is rare. - Fred Allen, American comedian and radio show host
to catholic Television today if you can!
of the Catholic Church
PART THREE: LIFE IN CHRIST
SECTION ONE-MAN'S VOCATION LIFE IN THE
CHAPTER TWO-THE HUMAN COMMUNION
Article 2-PARTICIPATION IN SOCIAL LIFE
Article 3-SOCIAL JUSTICE
1939 The principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of
"friendship" or "social charity," is a direct demand of
human and Christian brotherhood.
An error, "today abundantly widespread, is disregard
for the law of human solidarity and charity, dictated and imposed both by our
common origin and by the equality in rational nature of all men, whatever
nation they belong to. This law is sealed by the sacrifice of redemption
offered by Jesus Christ on the altar of the Cross to his heavenly Father, on
behalf of sinful humanity."
1940 Solidarity is manifested in the first place by the
distribution of goods and remuneration for work. It also presupposes the effort
for a more just social order where tensions are better able to be reduced and
conflicts more readily settled by negotiation.
1941 Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the help
of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among themselves,
between rich and poor, of workers among themselves, between employers and
employees in a business, solidarity among nations and peoples. International
solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace depends in part
1942 The virtue of solidarity goes beyond material goods. In
spreading the spiritual goods of the faith, the Church has promoted, and often
opened new paths for, the development of temporal goods as well. and so,
throughout the centuries has the Lord's saying been verified: "Seek first
his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as
For two thousand years this sentiment has lived and endured
in the soul of the Church, impelling souls then and now to the heroic charity
of monastic farmers, liberators of slaves, healers of the sick, and messengers
of faith, civilization, and science to all generations and all peoples for the
sake of creating the social conditions capable of offering to everyone possible
a life worthy of man and of a Christian.
· Eat waffles and Pray for the assistance of
· Monday: Litany of Humility
Octave of Christ the King
on the virtues of Mary (Humility, Generosity, Chastity, Patience,
Temperance, Understanding/love and Wisdom. One for each day
Mass daily or via EWTN or the internet.
doing the Daniel fast (Monday-Saturday).
Exercise-Universal Man Plan.
 The Collegeville Bible
 John Maxwell, The Leadership
Goffine’s Devout Instructions, 1896.
Monday Night at the Movies
Ermanno Olmi, Tree of the Wooden Clogs, 1978.