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Solemnity of Mary,
the Holy Mother of God
January 1, 2023
Spirituality of the Readings

John Foley, SJ


This Sunday we see Mary just days after the grueling journey and the amazing birth. She is carrying out the promise she made to Gabriel.

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In Exile

Ron Rolheiser

The Mother Tongue

The first language we learn is called our “mother tongue.” There are no “father tongues.” It’s the mother’s voice that first caressed us and lured us out of unthinking, inarticulate darkness.

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Glancing Thoughts

Eleonore Stump

Mary, the Mother of God

All Christians agree that God is without beginning. It seems that a God without beginning can't be born. And so it seems that God can’t have a mother either.

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The Perspective of Justice

Gerald Darring

Mary’s Peace

Mary was filled with God because she was at peace, and we too should experience peace from God sending forth “into our hearts the spirit of his Son.”

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Discussion Questions

Anne Osdieck

Our Lady

Did Mary get any final answers from Gabriel or the shepherds? Can you make sense of everything in your life?

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A Poem to
Sit With

J Janda

The Crib of Bethlehem plant put out those long arms 

the end curl up just like your hand

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