To all of our readers and visitors of 2008, thank you for the gift of reaching a visitor count of 15K last year. This little blog started in the midst of an Iraq deployment in 2007 with a prayer that the Lord lead us "through fire and through water" and that He did, "bringing us relief" with a return home one year ago this month.
The many thousands of well-wishers and visitors of those first days were never counted and their numbers are known only to God. We praise and worship Him, who "makes all things new", and implore Him for rich blessings for all friends and visitors of MCITL in the New Year of 2009.
"Holy Mary, Mother of God: With Elizabeth we marvel, 'And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?' Because she gives us Jesus, her son, Mary is Mother of God and our mother; we can entrust all our cares and petitions to her: she prays for us as she prayed for herself: 'Let it be to me according to your word.' By entrusting ourselves to her prayer, we abandon ourselves to the will of God together with her: 'Thy will be done.'
"Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death: By asking Mary to pray for us, we acknowledge ourselves to be poor sinners and we address ourselves to the 'Mother of Mercy,' the All-Holy One. We give ourselves over to her now, in the Today of our lives. And our trust broadens further, already at the present moment, to surrender 'the hour of our death' wholly to her care. May she be there as she was at her son's death on the cross. May she welcome us as our mother at the hour of our passing to lead us to her son, Jesus, in paradise." (CCC 2677)
(Art: Bartolome Estaban Murillo, Holy Family.)