Saturday, December 08, 2007
Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Día de las Madres
Queen of peace, pray for us!
Our gaze is directed toward you in great fear, to you do we turn with ever-more insistent faith in these times marked by many uncertainties and fears for the present and future of our planet.
Together we lift our confident and sorrowful petition to you, the first fruit of humanity redeemed by Christ, finally freed from the slavery of evil and sin: hear the cry of the pain of victims of war and so many forms of violence that bloody the earth. Clear away the darkness of sorrow and worry, of hate and vengeance. Open up our minds and hearts to faith and forgiveness!
Mother of mercy and hope: Help every human being of every race and culture to find and embrace Jesus, who came to earth in the mystery of Christmas to give us 'His' peace.
Mary, Queen of peace, give us Christ, true peace in the world!
Here in Panamá today is Mother's Day. This is a BIG DEAL here; a national holiday. Everything is closed, except for the 24 hour Grocery Stores. When I took Chompy on her walk this morning there was no traffic, and when I took my morning walk the streets were clear. Around 9:00 this morning some Mariachis appeared at our neighbor's house and serenaded the Mom. Tomorrow we will have our Mother's Day Celebration at San Cristóbal, complete with the Men's Fellowship's Presentation of the Mother of the Year. The Youth Choir will sing an anthem and I suspect that several members of the Sunday School will recite poems in honor of Mother. I'm looking forward to the service as we are only holding one service! YAY!
¡Feliz Día de las Madres! Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!
I See You!
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