Giving Mary center stage during Advent

Include Mary in Advent Season, Archbishop Gomez Says. Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles is describing Advent as “a season of Mary” and a time for Catholics to “turn to Mary in a new way.”
I remember going up the hill from Jerusalem into Bethlehem last year during a pilgrimage. I could not stop thinking how Mary would have felt at the time. My heart was filled with joy and also sadness to imagine how frighten she must have been. A young teen pregnant in a foreign land away from her family and mother, at a moment when most women need to be with family.
I still reflect today about that moment. So, yes on this advent as Archbishop Gomez said, let’s turn to Mary and learn from her courage and faith. She knew she was not alone. Neither are we.

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