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From the Parish Priest
In this issue of Living Water we focus on the Blessed Virgin Mary and Her many titles. Thousands of people visit the shrine of Mather Mary at various places to honour Her because “God has looked with favour on the lowliness of His servant.”(Lk 1:48). This devotion brings people closer to God and Jesus, Her Son. The faith of the people is enriched with acts of piety, Novenas and attending the Eucharistic celebrations. Every devotee of Mary experiences Her motherly care, love and protection.
This issue is also dedicated to the many Marian Feasts that fall in the months of August and September. As we celebrate Her birthday on September 8, let us ponder on the role of Mary in our lives and her divine messages through Her apparitions. Mary’s love and care for Her children, especially the poor, as she expressed in the Magnificat –“He lifts up the lowly,” is apparent. In all Her apparitions, She appeared to the poor or to children to prove that God cares for the simple and lowly. As a Mother, she too cares for the ordinary and downtrodden people. She intercedes for the simple, those with childlike faith and for those who accept Christ, Her Son and are ready to share Christ with others.
And this is precisely what we need to learn from Mary as we celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We come to Her with simple faith and to experience the extraordinary grace granted to Her, the Chosen one by God. The Feast also reminds us of the assurance from Mary to Her children that we are not forgotten by Her. Just as God looked with favour on the lowliness of His servant, so also Mary is with us accompanying us every day in our lives’ struggles.
We therefore join with St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori in reiterating our devotion to Mary: “Mary having co-operated in our redemption with so much glory to God and so much love for us, Our Lord ordained that no one shall obtain salvation except through her intercession.”
I wish you a happy feast of the Nativity of Blessed Virgin Mary and pray that we offer ourselves into the hands of Mary to lead us to Jesus and to find favour with God, who favours the beloved children like Mary.
Fr. Anthony Swamy, C.Ss.R