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Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Message from Fr Zachary of the Mother of God, SOLT General Lay Servant

Dear Family of Our Lady,                   December 23, 2011
God’s choicest blessings are given to us this Christmas Day.  This is the Truth communicated in Sacred Scripture where we hear with the ears of our heart: “Praised be the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ who has bestowed on us in Christ every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (Ephesians 1:3 ).  Yes, we have received EVERY spiritual blessing in the gift of God’s only Son.
St Louis de Montfort wrote:  "The greatest event in the whole history of the world was the Incarnation of the eternal Word by whom the world was redeemed and peace was restored between God and men. Our Lady was chosen as his instrument for this tremendous event, and it was put into effect when she was greeted with the Angelic Salutation.  By the Angelic Salutation God became man, a virgin became the Mother of God, sin has been pardoned, grace been given to us.  Finally the Angelic Salutation is the rainbow in the sky, a sign of the mercy and grace which God has given to the world.  And the Angel's greeting to our Lady is one of the most beautiful hymns we could possibly sing to the glory of the Most High.  So also do we repeat the same salutation to thank the most Blessed Trinity for the immeasurable goodness shown to us.  We praise God the Father because he so loved the world that he gave us his only Son as our Saviour. We bless the Son because he deigned to leave heaven and come down upon earth, because he was made man and redeemed us. We glorify the Holy Spirit because he formed our Lord's pure body in the womb of our Lady, that body which was the victim for our sins." (St Louis de Montfort, The Secret of the Rosary nos. 45-46).
Our Lady embraced this Truth and desires that we all enter her joy at the coming of the Son of God and the Son of Mary.  The Love of God that is freely given to us in Christ is able to change our lives, transforming them and all the lives we touch.  May you and your family enter into this Truth and Love this Christmas Day. 
You and your families will be remembered in a novena of Masses beginning Christmas.
In the united Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Father Zachary of the Mother of God
SOLT General Lay Servant