State Chaplain's Message
V. Rev. Mark Steffl, STL, JCL Officialis Diocese of New Ulm

This month of September has some very nice feasts in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On September 8th is the Feast of Our Lady’s Nativity, what we remember as her “birthday.” Shortly after, on September 12th is the Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary, and on September 15th is the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Each Feast Day offers us something about the Mother of Our Lord who we take as our model of generosity and service as we follow her Son, Jesus.

The Birth of Mary is a reminder of how we share the same human nature with she who was given a great task of being Mother of the Savior and who accomplished this task in very ordinary, everyday things that came with being a wife and mother.

The Holy Name of Mary reminds us that we invoke her name to ask for the help that we need on a daily basis. How many times have we said “Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death…”

And the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is a reminder of how Mary as a mother, accompanied her Son to Calvary, and shared in His sufferings in a way that only a mother can as she watched Jesus in great pain and agony die on the cross. For centuries, mothers have naturally connected with the Sorrowful Mother as they experience the pain and suffering of their own children.

As our Patroness, we ask Our Lady under these Feasts and titles to watch over us, our families and parishes, and our country.

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