Catholic faith­ful urged: Thank God for moth­ers

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Delta Dyrecka C. Leti­gio COR­RE­SPON­DENT

On the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, the pa­tron of the Philip­pines, on Satur­day (De­cem­ber 8), Cebu Arch­bishop Jose Palma urged the Catholic faith­ful to be grate­ful for the moth­ers of the world.

“Let us thank the Lord for our moth­ers who car­ried us in their wombs for nine months the way Mama Mary car­ried our Sav­ior in her womb,” said Palma in his homily dur­ing the Eucharis­tic cel­e­bra­tion at the Cebu Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cathe­dral.

The prelate likened the love of the Blessed Vir­gin Mary to the peo­ple with the love of a mother to her child.

“Si Mama Mary, dili lang in­a­han sa Dios, in­a­han nato siyang tanan (Mother Mary is not only the mother of God, but she is also am other to us all ),” said Palm a.

Palma said that the Solem­nity of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion is a re­minder that the love of God is greater than the many of sins of man.

He said with Mary be­ing con­ceived with­out orig­i­nal sin, it paved the way to the sal­va­tion of the world through her son, Je­sus Christ.

“It’ s easy for men to break away from God and break away from our re­la­tion­ships with one an­other, but dur­ing the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, wear ere­minded that God is stronger than any sin,” he said.

“The love of God re­minds us not to be afraid of Him but to trust Him,” he added.

The Solem­nity of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion which cel­e­brates the na­tiv­ity of Mary with­out a stain of orig­i­nal sin is prac­ticed by Catholics world­wide ev­ery De­cem­ber 8, which is ex­actly nine months be­fore the cel­e­bra­tion of Mary’s birth­day on Septem­ber 8.

CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MEN­DOZA

Hun­dreds of devo­tees pay homage to Mother Mary af­ter the Mass on Satur­day cel­e­brat­ing the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion at the Cebu Met­ro­pol­i­tan Cathe­dral.

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