“And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.”
The Church celebrates three birthdays: the birth of Mary, the birth of John the Baptist, and the birth of Jesus. Those are the three people born in human history that Church recognizes as born without the stain of Original Sin.
The Feast of Mary’s Nativity is near and dear to TMIY, because the That Man is You! program first met on Sept. 8, 2004—Mary’s birthday. For that reason, we dedicated TMIY to her from it’s outset. What we didn’t realize until later is that the first meeting also fell on a Wednesday—the day dedicated to Saint Joseph. St. Joseph likes to remain hidden, but is he always right there with Mary. In a very profound way, we attribute the fruitfulness of TMIY to Our Lady and Saint Joseph.
Live It! Practical Tip of the Week: If you would like to do something for God, get close to Our Lady and Saint Joseph. They will help give birth to that desire in your heart, and they’ll help give birth to that reality in the world. Through you, God can do great things.
Mary, Mother of Jesus, give me your heart so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, that I may be able to receive Jesus in the Bread of Life, love Him as you loved Him.