Merton on “the world” & God

Ordinary Time 23 – Monday
Feast day of the Nativity of the BVM/Nativity of theTheotokos

Funny how this particular feast day is in the liturgical calendar. Not that “Our Lady” was actually born on September 8. Or for that matter, Christ was born on December 25. And that the Annunciation to “Our Lady” by St. Gabriel, the archangelis on March 25. And given that I have theological doubts as to whether the Immaculate Conception of the BVM is an actual dogma to be believed de fide by the faithful (personally, I do think it’s just a pious opinion that helps to skimp around the Augustinian view of the transmission of “original sin”), today is a day of thanksgiving to God for the birth of his “handmaiden” (Lk 1:38) who truly became the Theotokos, the God-bearer (or in her traditional title, the Mother of God).

V. Ecce Ancilla Domini.
R. Fiat mihi secundum Verbum tuum.

Ave Maria, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.

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