Dear Little hearts
A Blessed and grace filled birthday of Mary, as being not only the birthday of Our mother, but also the birthday of Gods daughter….
We do not often reflect upon Mary as a baby, and indeed we see comparatively few depictions of her as a baby…. they are however more prevalent in Latin America, and also in parts of Italy…known as Maria Bambina!!! There is also a centre in Massachusetts USA!!!
St Francis would have rejoiced at this devotion as he himself was the first builder and depicter of the Nativity scene and birth of Jesus. In Italy the devotion Maria Bambina was begun by an Italian Poor Clare, now Blessed Isabelle of Forni…………………….Perhaps we could spend sometime today meditating upon Marys birthday… and even sing her a lullaby !!!
Some people also use this time to reflect upon the feasts of Mary as they say their rosaries….
The five feasts being:
— the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the womb of her mother,
Saint Anne (feast December 8th)
— the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (feast September 8th)
— the Most Holy Name of Mary (feast September 12th)
— the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple (feast November 21st)
— the Betrothal of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Saint Joseph (feast January 23rd)
A happy birthday to you all.
Poor Clare Colettine TMD
An added note from Hannah’s Tears:
Let us bring back these beautiful traditions of love to Our Blessed Mother. Always, keep in your hearts the gift that God the Father gave to us when Adam and Eve fell to sin we read in the book of Genesis – God the Father told Satan that He would bring division between his seed and the Woman’s… “She shall crush your head and you shall lie in wait for Her heal (that heel is Jesus), this woman He speaks of is Mary. Mary was promised to us as well as Jesus. Let us always remember that God our Father always keeps His promise to us, may we also learn to keep our promise to Him.