Peace for 2012

Mary, Queen of Peace, pray for us!

I am not sorry that 2011 is done, and am looking forward to the New Year.  Let us pray that it is a year of peace:  in our hearts, in our homes and in the world.

Here is a lovely reflection on peace from Cardinal Sean Brady of Ireland:


We Christians believe that God created the visible world in all its
richness and beauty.  The human person is the summit of the work of
the Creator – and human life is sacred.  When God’s original plan of
sharing the happiness of Heaven with the human race was sabotaged by
sin, God prepared another plan.  He would send His Son to reveal his
merciful love for all of us.


Today we honour the part played by Mary in the fulfilment of that
plan.  With her ‘yes’ to the proposal that she become the Mother of
God, she went along with God’s plan and made herself available to play
her part.  She teaches us the importance of putting our trust in our
Creator, who is our first beginning and our last end.  She teaches us
the importance of the Gift of Faith – a gift to be requested and
treasured.

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