Thursday, September 8, the church celebrates the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Obviously, we don’t know for sure if tomorrow is her real birthday. I suppose that Mary was living during the time of Roman rule, so she may have counted the days as we do with the Roman based calendar. I think I mentioned this before, but I read in the book “Words from Heaven,” that her real birthday is August 5th. This is a book chronicling the messages of Mary to the Medjugorje visionaries. The actual date is probably not as important as simply taking the time to honor our heavenly mother in some way.
My children and I baked white cupcakes this evening. We frosted them in white, whipped icing and added blue sprinkles. (Every good cupcake must have sprinkles!) The white cake and frosting represent her purity – her sinlessness – and the blue sprinkles – her veil. We plan to sing happy birthday tomorrow night, and offer “spiritual gifts” in appreciation for her important role in our lives. I hope that you will find some way to celebrate with Mary on her special day!
Here are some of my favorite photographs I’ve taken of Marian images:Mary at Our Lady of the Lake School on Carroll and Jefferson Streets, Old Mandeville, LA Our Lady of Guadalupe in the circle at St. Paul’s High School, Covington, LA Mother Mary in the courtyard at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral in Thibodaux, LA Mary in the garden at Monmouth Plantation, Natchez, Mississippi Our Lady of Guadalupe mosaic in the Basilica recently built in Orlando, Florida a stained glass window in St. John the Baptist Church, Folsom, Louisiana Madonna and child in my backyard My favorite image of Mary – My daughter singing her heart out in the Christmas Pageant last December.