Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ!!
THE HAIL MARY IN GAELIC
Sé do bheath' a Mhuire, atá lán de ghrásta, tá an Tiarna leat. Is beannaithe thú idir mná agus is beannaithe toradh do bhruinne losa. A Naomh Mhuire, a mháthair Dé, guí orainn na peacaithe, anois is ar uair ar mbás. Amen.
The joyous light displays on the majority of my neighborhood houses are rapidly disappearing as the weekend progresses here in coastal NC. There were more lights and Christmas festivities over the past month here than ever before, we noted driving through the neighborhood one evening not too long ago. I even took a silent poll as I walked my usual trek around the many streets noting who decorated and who didn't. Only a precious few didn't have any sign of Christmas spirit, nice I thought, who said we were not a Christian nation.
Anyway, that was then and this is now and all the decorations are coming down and getting packed away for the next 11 months.
But, but, it's still Christmas....it really is!!
Silly me, I am not Mrs. Retail, am I? Mrs. Retail says it's Christmas when SHE says it is, it's Halloween when SHE says it's Halloween, it's Easter, when SHE darn well says it's EASTER and not a day sooner or heaven forbid a day AFTERwards!! Thrown out with the baby is the bathwater of the Christian calendar, is the real season
Well, as I go into work today to my part-time job at a fabric and crafts store, I'll walk by the Valentines Day and St. Patrick's Day offerings at the front of the store and possibly trip over the Christmas wreaths and gift wrappings at 80% markdown in the BACK of the store.
"To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women." ~Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen