Advent Day 24 – Good News for December 21

21 12 2010

Luke 1:39-45

Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

The Daily Path:Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Do I believe?  667 GNTG blog posts later the answer is a resounding YES!

Am I “blessED”? Not with a capital “B” like Mary, but I was BLESSed by God the day He called me home. No angels. No leaping infants. Just a joyful heart that miraculously opened up to believe what I was feeling was indeed the Spirit moving within.





Love for Mom – Good News for August 15

15 08 2010

Luke 1:46-48

And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

The Daily Path: Today is Sunday. It’s a good day to let all of our mothers know that we love them.





Last Day of May – Good News for May 31

31 05 2010

Luke 1:39-56

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

The Daily Path: In the 16th century, Catholics in Italy began to hold devotions to Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, during the month of May. I learned of this as a first grader attending St. Joseph’s Elementary School. Each day in May we would bring flowers from our gardens for placement around a statue of Mary. This seemed very appropriate as who among us would not wish to honor our mother? Especially young children not that far removed from their own mother’s womb.

Some of the flowers would be ornate arrangements and carefully wrapped in tissue paper, while others looked to be picked on the way to school and hastily packaged in crinkled aluminum foil. The amazing thing was that regardless of the presentation or state of these little offerings, great pride was evident on the faces of all my classmates. This was a very big deal for us. The intent was so pure. From the toughest kid to the wimpiest. Rich or poor. It didn’t matter. We all wanted to honor Mary.

I wonder how many of us still recall those days? And how many still hold the desire to honor the Blessed Mother of the Christ?





House Mother – Good News for December 12

12 12 2009

John 19:26-27: Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby. He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

The Daily Path: Who first nourished you at birth? Who fixed your bloody knee after you fell off your bike? Who “reminded” you to brush your teeth and take a bath? Who made sure you looked your best when you were presented in public? Most likely your mother.

Who watches over all her children in the Americas and around the world?

Regular readers of Good News to Go! have probably noted that for many months I have included a small icon of Mary on my daily posts. With the exception of Advent, when I post an image of Mother and Child, the image is of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Today is her Feast Day.

Last year I told of my own relationship with the Blessed Mother and devotion to Our Lady. I believe that, like my own mother on earth, she has lovingly watched over me for fifty years. It’s my hope that others will also look to the Mother of Jesus for love and support in their own lives. Take her into your own household.

Room to Chat: Hail Mary, full of grace. The Lord is with you. You are blessed among all women. Blessed is your Son, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for this sinner, now and at the hour of my death.