Friday, December 12, 2008

Our Lady, who brings Jesus to all people, pray for us

On this the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupé, following closely on the heels of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a beautiful rendition of the Hail Maria- the Ave Maria- is the most appropriate, if predictable, traditio for this second Friday of Advent.

Blessed Mother- To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.

This thought occurred to me: I do not want the church to stop teaching and telling the truth just because I am unable to reconcile myself and/or live perfectly as a disciple of Jesus Christ. That is why I pray to the one, Mary, who, by a unique and singular grace, was able to.

Today marks the promulgation of the long awaited Dignitatis Personae by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Picking up on our Merton quote from yesterday, this document, building on the church's moral teaching, seeks to deal with ethical issues that arise in arena of biomedical research. It also provides guidance on how to respect human life and human procreation in the wake of scientific advances. More in due course.

We implore the intercession of our Blessed Mother on behalf of Cardinal Avery Dulles, SJ, who died this very morning.

Veni Sancte Spiritus, veni per Mariam

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