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The story of Christmas is undeniably the story of the birth of Christ, of the “word made flesh” who “dwelt among us”. In this story, there is another personality with a very vital role whose unqualified “yes” is the reason for this joyous occasion. She willingly and quietly accepted that role out of pure and spotless love in her heart, enduring even the long journey from Nazareth in Galilee down to the little town of Bethlehem in Judea to register with her spouse Joseph in compliance with the decree of Caesar Augustus ordering a census of the “whole world”. That backbreaking trek must have been doubly difficult because she was already bearing the child Jesus in her womb. In fact, while they were in Bethlehem, the “days of her confinement were completed” and she gave “birth to her first-born son, wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the place where travelers lodged”. Her love for Jesus and her spouse St. Joseph was most noble and pure that she has been also called “Mother of Beautiful Love”.

The children of Mary should not be merely loving; they should be beautifully and divinely so in all they do. Everyone who sees a Catholic, meets a Catholic, talks with a Catholic, should behold in his or her manner the ways, the looks, the voice, the gestures, the manner of dress, the simplicity and the purity of Mary,  the Mother of Beautiful Love, of the Love which entrances all who see it. She wants to abide royally in all her children who call her their Mother and their Queen.

The image of Holy Mary Mother of Beautiful Love shows our Lady sustaining the Child Jesus. The Child is leaning against the breast of the Mary, feeling the warmth love of her mother.

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