We love our colors in the Catholic Church! During Advent we're preparing the way for the Birth of Jesus. Not quite like Lent, but still a time of reflection and fasting and longing. So a little past the halfway point of Advent, we have a cheery day to remind us that true joy is just around the corner. It's a candle unlike the others that says, "Lighten up! Jesus is really coming this time!"
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Revelation 12 is the best evidence of the Assumption of Mary.
Sister, while the topic is on Mary, could you please explain the Greek name for Christmas, Synaxis of the Theotokos?
Actually, that is not the Greek name for Christmas. It's the Greek name for the day after Christmas and it's not rocket science to understand, unless perhaps you come down on the side of the separated brethren who seem to like to ignore Mary as much as possible.
"Synaxis" simply means a coming together in a liturgical way and Theotokos just means "Mother of God". The day after Christmas in the Orthodox Church is what we would call a "feast day" celebrating Mary as the Mother of God. Mary and Jesus shared DNA. God could not have been made Flesh without her. No Mary, no Incarnation.Speaking of the colors of the Catholic Church, why is Mary wearing blue all the time? Because blue is the color of the sky. In human history, before we had an elaborate court system, a way to show you had adopted someone was to wrap your cloak around them. Mary's blue cloak, like the sky, covers us all.
Sister Mary Martha I am thinking of asking for a new position within my company. Is there a Saint that I can pray to that can help me find the courage to do this? In addition, be able to have all the right words to show why I am the best fit for the position.
Fear not! We have you covered. I'll give you three saints who would be happy to help and if you'd like to single out one of them, you can choose. You actually mentioned three points you need covered:
1. A new job position. Although he isn't officially canonized, I recommend Pope John Paul II. He had his happy job longer than anyone in history.
2. Courage to pop the question. St. Joan of Arc. One tough cookie. Took an arrow in the chest and kept fighting.
3. The right words. St. Anthony of Padua. Oh, sure, you know him as the guy who finds your car keys, but do you know why he can remember where you put them? St. Anthony was a fabulous public orator who could speak off the cuff, answer questions and sway minds and hearts. His ability stemmed from his photographic memory. He could retain everything he read and saw (including where you put those keys).