Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is the Memorial of Mary our Mother being presented in the Temple by her parents.
This Memorial is a sweet one – in “seeing” Mary as a child mounting the steps of the Temple, being brought to the Lord 's House by her parents.
“And behold, Joachim and Anna, generously sacrificing to God what was dearest to them on earth, set out from Nazareth, carrying by turns, in their arms, their beloved little daughter, who could not walk so great a distance as was that from Nazareth to Jerusalem, a journey, as several authors assert, of eighty miles. They thus went on their way, accompanied by only a few of their relations, but by hosts of angels, as St. George of Nicomedia asserts, who attended and ministered to the immaculate Virgin, as she went to dedicate herself to the Divine Majesty. How beautiful are thy steps, oh prince’s daughter! “Quam pulchri sunt gressus tui, filia principis” . Oh, how beautiful, how pleasing to God, as the angels sung, are thy steps, as thou goest to offer thyself to Him, oh great and chosen daughter of our common Lord! " ( excerpt is from “The Glories of Mary” by Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori (1696-1787), Doctor of the Church)
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful. Kindke in us the Fire of Your Love!