September 8

Feast of Mary’s Nativity 


“Miriam of Nazareth abides in the circle of disciples as our sister, a poor woman of the people to whom God has done great things; a young Spirit-filled Jewish woman finding her joy in God; a woman vulnerable to violence in a patriarchal setting; a friend of God who made her own difficult choices with courage; a prophet who announced the awesome changes God’s coming would bring about in this world; …a woman with a questioning mind who pondered what God was doing in her life…She kept faith”

Truly Our Sister, Elizabeth Johnson


 Holy Mary, blessed are you among women.


 I will reflect on the real woman Mary, woman of faith, in the reality of her life context. What can I learn from her?

Suggested Reading

My soul magnifies the
and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
The Magnificat

It is theologically and anthropologically important for woman to be at the center of Christianity. Through Mary, and the other holy women, the feminine element stands at the heart of the Christian religion.
Pope Benedict XVI

Mary is “truly our sister”, who as a poor and humble woman fully shared our lot.
Pope Paul VI

 …the reconstruction of Mary as a Jewish mother gradually becoming a disciple within the Jesus movement may be difficult and long-coming….But popular religious devotion does not bear this burden.  People hear the gospel stories from the point of view of their own historical predicament.  Mary represents to them the fullness of personhood, a paradigm of human goodness whose universality transcends time, sex, race and nationality…a guide for behavior, a  hope for tomorrow, the courage to keep on going a little longer.
Mary DeCock, BVM

This woman of faith, Mary of Nazareth, the Mother of God, has been given to us as a model of our pilgrimage of faith. From Mary, we learn to surrender to God’s will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone.
John Paul II