Advent Week 4: Always with us

“Wow are we to be, as St. John Paul II says in one of his poems, ‘more with Him, / more with Him, not merely with oneself’? The answer is to imitate Christ, to imitate Mary — to make of ourselves a gift.”

Bishops around country consecrate U.S. to Mary amid COVID-19 pandemic

Alternating between English and Spanish, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said: “In this difficult time we turn to the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of the church. She intercedes with her Son for all are affected in this way by the pandemic. … We implore her maternal care for her children.”

Bishops of U.S., Canada will consecrate their nations to Mary May 1

“This will give the church the occasion to pray for Our Lady’s continued protection of the vulnerable, healing of the unwell and wisdom for those who work to cure this terrible virus,” said Archbishop Gomez in a letter to the U.S. bishops. Each year, the church seeks the special intercession of the Mother of God during the month of May.