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Very Blessed!

December 22, 2014, Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent 1 SM 1:24-28; 1 SM 2:1, 4-5, 6-7, 8ABCD; LK 1:46-56
What does it mean to be blessed by God? As Luke writes it, Mary sings out, “Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed!” Mary’s exclamation to Elizabeth might today be said more like, “Oh my God! Now I’m blessed!” Surprise, delight, JOY, all bursting forth uncontrollably in public song to pregnant Elizabeth. Mary, the unwed, pregnant teenage girl from the outskirts of the Roman Empire and yet chosen to bear God’s son, can’t help but respond to God’s action in her life by singing, “Oh my God! Now I’m blessed!”
In choosing Mary, God is telling “all generations” that being poor, unwed, young, female, pregnant, and on the margins puts you in God’s favor—you are blessed. God has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. It is a reversal of fortune found elsewhere in Luke (…

Give yourself an early Christmas present...join us for our Going Forth in Joy Mission Education Retreat at the historic Maryknoll headquarters in New York!

"The Church which "goes forth" is a community of missionary disciples..."  Pope Francis Going Forth in Joy: Mission Education Training Retreat

Friday December 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 1:00 PM

Maryknoll Center, Ossining, NY 10545

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis challenges us to become a Church comprised of "communities of missionary disciples" who go forth in joy to share the Good News of God's love to all, and especially to the poor, the outcast and the unloved.
By baptism we are all called to participate in this mission of Jesus whether at home, in our parishes or around the world.  But how many Catholics are aware that they are missionaries?  Jesus passed his mission on to his disciples and for almost two thousand years the mission has been passed down from generation to generation.  It’s now up to us to make sure that this gift of mission is given to the next generation.  

We are excited to offer the Mission Education Training Prog…