Fr Stefan Reflects on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception

"Let the Fire Fall"

St Therese the Little Flower said, “most homilies about Mary leave me feeling cold…Mary is more a mother than a queen.”  She would  ask,”where is the simple woman of faith?”  

So often we present Mary as so special that we lose her closeness with us. We feel we are honoring her by adding more and more titles to her litany. This approach to Mary is why St Therese would say, “most homilies about Mary leave me feeling cold.”

St Therese saw in Mary a woman of faith. Elizabeth said to Mary, “blessed are you who believed what the Angel said to you would come to pass.”  One of the reason that Our Lady of Guadalupe is so loved is that she appears so close and personal to her children.

St Therese asks this question, “what mother wants to be distanced from her children? A mother is not honored by…

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