Monday, December 08, 2008

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 my morning walk the streets were clear. I heard a Drum and Bugle corp marching down the street at 4:30 am; someone's mom doesn't get to sleep-in on Mother's Day!

Panamanians celebrate Mothers' Day on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and the Costa Ricans celebrate Mothers' Day on August 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Here in Central America, the Blessed Mother and our blessed mothers get to celebrate on the same days.

¡Feliz Día de las Madres! Happy Feast of the Immaculate Conception!


Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Surely, the "immaculate" conception of Mary is entirely un-nescesarry, and, not least, Misogyny.

And where - if true - does it leave all other conceptions...

Göran Koch-Swahne said...

Would it add - or take off - an ounce to the divinity of Christ?

Anonymous said...

While I don't believe in the dogma of the Immaculate Conception...

...I do believe in the BVM, Our Mother. AND I believe in my mom, who gets to partay w/ the BVM in heaven. Party on!

Matthew Hubbard said...

Given that Christianity has an all-guy, all the time hierarchy of gods you are supposed to pray to, with even a ghost that is 100% male, it's interesting how many Mary worshipers there are, especially in the Catholic Church. I've heard that when Pope John Paul II was shot, all his prayers for his own health were exclusively offered up to Mary. She's the closest thing we have to The Goddess in any of the religions of the book.

Theology aside, good for a country that makes a big damn deal over Mother's Day. Happy day to all who qualify, and all of us who have moms.

Fran said...

I began working at a church of the same name on this feast day. Which is why I haven't been here for a few days, now that I am a workin' girl!

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