Imitate Blessed Mother’s trust in God, Thomasians urged

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Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P. leads the Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church on Friday. (Photo by Hazel Grace S. Posadas/The Varsitarian)

THOMASIANS were called to emulate the Blessed Mother’s courage to accept God’s plan in her life in a Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church on Friday.

“There would be no Christmas without Immaculate Conception. For us Christians, be open to receive what Mary has received,” said Fr. Rodel Aligan, O.P., prior of the UST Priory of St. Thomas Aquinas, in his homily.

Echoing St. John Paul II, Aligan said Mary was the memory of the Church. 

“She never hesitated to say ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. Be it done to me according to your Word’ and that is why there would be no Christmas without the Immaculate Conception,” he said.

Aligan said the first step in preparation for the coming of Jesus Christ is to be grateful for God’s presence in one’s life.

“As Christians, we are called to share in the power of his coming through our own faith. And we proclaim this faith in the prayers that we express, in the scriptures that we read, the songs and hymns that we sing, and the very rituals and sacraments we celebrate during this time of preparation,” he added. 

The Mass was also offered for the 19th anniversary of the reconsecration of the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church and the 47th foundation anniversary of the Dominican Province in the Philippines.

The feast of the Immaculate Conception is a holy day of obligation which celebrates the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary without original sin.

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