It is the last day of the calendar year, and the monastic community began their Day of Recollection, which concludes after First Vespers of Mary, Mother of God on Wednesday evening. We have a Holy Hour for World Peace from 3:30-4:30pm on Wednesday as well. Through our prayers, we place our world in the hands of God, our Creator.
As we anticipate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, I offer you a variety of pictures of Nativity scenes that we have on campus. Many of them are on display in the Library. Br. Etienne went around and captured these nice up close pictures.
I offer you the words of the Gospel of St. Luke-
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph,
and the infant lying in the manger.
When they saw this,
they made known the message
that had been told them about this child.
All who heard it were amazed
by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things,
reflecting on them in her heart.
Then the shepherds returned,
glorifying and praising God
for all they had heard and seen,
just as it had been told to them.
Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!