~Adapted from the 2011 Advent message given to priests by Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy
Ave Maria! Cardinal Mauro's message, which can be accessed here, is worthy of our attention and reflection, even if we are not members of the clergy. Our Lady is, as Cardinal Mauro calls her, the Icon and Model of the Church, and all of us can learn from her to live as she did, "in vigilance, filled with loving and grateful wonder." Dear Mary, Virgin of Advent, pray for us as we journey with you to Bethlehem. Amen.