Today is the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Our family goes to Mass at noon today. We honor the date held as Mary's conception (we celebrate her birthday in September).
Since becoming Catholic, I've read more books about Mary and Marian doctrine than any other subject, probably because my Protestant self was so afraid of her.
But today I'll go to Mass, honor Mary, worship Jesus, and thank them both for each other.
If you want to kick off your day with Jesus in a unique way, watch this beautiful clip in under four minutes. Images are from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and quotes are from, as the blog's author says, "kickin' saints." "Ave Maris Stella" is sung by a grad student from there, and this was posted this morning on a fave blog of mine called The Ironic Catholic. (Thanks to Andrea, for first introducing it to me.) To give you a taste of the writer's humor, she has a quote on her sidebar that reads: "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, 'Oh crap, she's up.'"