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Weekend 508.0

All three are very closely related and timely/relevant.

(1) A quote from The Gift of Silence by Jerome Kodell, OSB:

“The favorite images of Mary in art are the moments of silence: the annunciation; the scene at the crib—as a Christmas carol says, ‘How silently, how silently, the wondrous gift is given’; and Mary holding the body of Jesus in her arms beneath the cross. The silence of Mary is not an empty silence. It is a silence of contemplation: of waiting, of pondering, of loving. Mary pondering the message of Gabriel at the beginning and Mary with Jesus at the end: these are two different moments—of bewilderment, surprise, and apprehension, and loss of life, pain, and sorrow. The word that comes out of these moments is then and for all eternity the word of acceptance, submission: Fiat, ‘let it be.'”

(2) A Charlie Brown Christmas (YouTube)

(3) Christmas Homily from Archbishop Becket (Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot)

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(4) Our Lady of Sorrows: The Marian Devotion For These Dark Days (YouTube)

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