Happy New Year! ¡Feliz Ano Novo! ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
May 2020 be a year filled with many blessings for you and your family.
More than Just New Year’s Day
On the 1st of January, the Catholic Church celebrates not only the beginning of a new year but also Mary, as Mother of God.
Pope Saint Paul VI, in his apostolic exhortation Marialis Cultus, referred to the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, as
a fitting occasion for renewing adoration of the newborn Prince of Peace, for listening once more to the glad tidings of the angels (Luke 2:14), and for imploring from God, through the Queen of Peace, the supreme gift of peace.
World Day of Peace
Contemplating Mary as a gift and icon of peace is a perfect way to mark today’s 2020 World Day of Peace. On this 53rd World Day of Peace, Pope Francis offers the following in Peace as a Journey of Hope: Dialogue, Reconciliation, and Ecological Conversion:
Peace is a great and precious value, the object of our hope and the aspiration of the entire human family. As a human attitude, our hope for peace is marked by an existential tension that makes it possible for the present, with all its difficulties, to be “lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey”. Hope is thus the virtue that inspires us and keeps us moving forward, even when obstacles seem insurmountable.
If anyone understood how to remain hopeful in difficult circumstances, it is our Blessed Mother. So despite our own obstacles and trials, there is still much to celebrate on this, the 1st of January, 2020. My prayer for you and your family continues to be one of the blessings of health, faith, and hope.
The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God is a liturgical feast day honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary’s motherhood in the wake of the birth of the baby Jesus Christ. This holiday is also the 8th day of Christmas when we conclude the Octave of Christmas. It is a holy day of obligation. Please check with your parish for the schedule of Masses or visit MassTimes.org.
Happy New Year!
Bishop da Cunha