Tuesday of the Second Week


GN 3:9-15, 20

EPH 1:3-6, 11-12

LK 1:26-38


Recently, I watched the newly released movie, “Fatima” with my four children.  Fatima is the extraordinary story about the blessed apparition of Mary visiting three young cousins in a farming village in Portugal in the spring of 1916.  As my children and I watched this movie, we discussed the miracles that were unfolding before our very eyes.  This led us to a deep conversation about all of Mary’s recorded miraculous visits throughout history.  After watching the movie, my nine-year-old son, Cade, hoped that Mary would appear again, but this time to our country during this unprecedented year of 2020 amongst the lockdowns and uncertainty due to Covid-19 and the turmoil on the news with the riots and unrest in our streets.   “Mom,” he suggested, “I hope Mary will visit the United States of America and give us hope and blessings for a healthy, happy and safe world.”

As I reflect on today’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception, I am filled with love and admiration for our blessed Mother.  She is an inspiration to me thus I pray to her for guidance as I rear my four children.  Her compassion, grace and love for all Jesus’ children gives me great comfort and joy.  

As quoted in Gina Fager’s (mother of USD Alumni ’97, Franca Dornan) book Mary A Woman in Love, “Our Mary has given us proof of her conception free from original sin and her blessed Motherhood of Jesus.  She also gifted us with her miraculous spring.  Countless miracles were the result.” (pg. 49)

Mary has given us many miracles starting with her Immaculate Conception.  During this Advent season, even amongst Covid-19 limitations, it’s magic cannot be extinguished.  Just as I watched my four children awestruck by the learning about the miracles Mary performed at Fatima, the light is in their eyes as we embark on this holy Advent Season.  The countdown to Jesus’ birth has begun.  Every day is a reminder that we are closer to our savior’s birth.  And every day we are closer to a rebirth in our spirits and wonder of Christ our Lord. 

Ashley Farrell ‘97
San Diego, CA