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Mary Eclipsing the Eclipse

Thank you dear Mother for taking me to where you wanted me on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. You always let me know where you want me with you on each of your feast days. This time, on April 8, 2024, it would be St. Patrick’s Basilica. What I learned only a week before is that a total solar eclipse would be happening the same day. That’s no coincidence. Comets, binary stars, galaxies, black holes and quasars. God created it all, beautifully made to display his infinite power. Within such majesty, He loves to play for us so we can gaze with constant childlike awe. It’s a never-ending abyss of intense grandeur. Carl Sagan said, “Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.” This time, close to home, He wanted His mother to eclipse the eclipse on the Solemnity of the Annunciation. The anniversary of your hearing Gabriel tell you, a virgin, that you would conceive by the Holy Spirit’s power, God’s Son, our Saviour Jesus, made a solar eclipse seem insignificant by compariso

St Gregory of Nyssa

The power of God is capable of finding hope where hope no longer exists, and a way where the way is impossible.

2 Cor 4: 16-18

Therefore, we are not discouraged; rather, although our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this momentary light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen; for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.

For You Everything

If I were on a train bound for a paddling vacation on the sea,
and I heard you were cold and alone on a Chicago street,
I would leave everything to go in search of you,
to give you everything.

If I were boarding a plane bound for a pristine island paradise,
and I heard you were stranded and afraid in a dingy subway,
I would cancel my flight to go in search of you,
to give you everything.

If I were on a ship with sails full with the wind
and I heard you were lost and drifting at sea
I would trim the sails and go in search of you
to give you everything.

If I was driving up a winding road to ski in the Alps,
and I heard that a handsome prince
 gave you the most beautiful dress in the world
inviting you to the most lavish dinner at the king's palace,

I would go in search of you
and plead with you to join me at the Banquet of the Divine King
to drink the Cup of immortality, and eat the Bread of angels.
And I would be deeply happy,
for I would know that I was giving you everything.

ACTS 4:11-12

"This Jesus is ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among human beings by which we must be saved."