Every month I make a little calendar to hang in the school room. I add the saint feast days, the full moon date and any special occasions we will be having. This month, Nolan made the comment that there must be LOTS of saints for December. In fact there are and I'm having a hard time keeping up with them all. I wish I could come up with a special activity and book and snack for every feast day of the year. The reality is that I can't. What I can do is make one or two feast days a month special and talk about the rest with the kids. The idea is to live our regular life for Christ as the saints did. Sometime that regular life involves work (school and for money), illness, distractedness, laundry, dishes, etc. I know the saints had all of these things to do and much, much more. They just continued to focus on Christ and to put Him first in all things. They did, however, continue to live out their lives.
So today, on this Holy Day of Obligation, I don't have anything special to say. Mary was, and continues to be, the most Holy woman and mother. We can look to her when our sorrows overwhelm us for she knew the sorrow of motherhood. We can look to her when we just don't want to say 'yes' to what God is asking of us. She said 'yes' when it made no sense to do so. Let us this day think of Mary and try to have the faith that she did. Let us say "yes" to whatever Christ is asking of us, even when we don't understand it.