Today being the birthday of our great nation, it occurs to me to reflect on a Birthday which occurred over 2,000 years ago ~ and it all started on the day of Our Lady's Annunciation. Everything hinged on Her Fiat to God's request that She be the Mother of His only-begotten Son.
I have always wondered how that must have felt to Her...to be chosen by the Almighty Father of all creation to be the only woman ever created who would be so honored.
She, being a Daughter of the Jewish nation, waiting all Her life for the Savior to come, just like all the Jews who had gone before...did She suspect that it would all depend on Her answer to one question? The most important question ever asked in the history of the world...and where would we be if it weren't for Her complete humility and selflessness?!?
Since She has been called the Patroness of our nation, I pray that She is looking down upon us today from Heaven above and blessing us with all the good graces that God will allow Her to bestow. All of this comes to Her under Her title of the Immaculate Conception ~ Her own unique condition of being that preserves Her soul from all corruption of sin ~ may She, by the permission She received from Her divine Son, shower upon us all the continued protection and grace that is in Her power to grant to us.
May we all be grateful for that love and blessing and may we all show that gratitude by being the very best we can be! God save us, and our great nation under Him!!!