Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the conception of Mary, the New Eve, conceived without Original Sin.
My calendar says it is not a Holyday of Obligation. I don’t know whether that’s just in my archdiocese or not. It actually took me by surprise last night when I looked at the calendar.
It’s the patronal feast day of the United States of America. Please pray for America whether you live here or anywhere in the world.
“Merry Christmas”, as well as “Happy Christmas”, “Happy birthday”, “Good morning” and “Good night”, are wishes, not reports, and therefore are delivered on or before the events mentioned, not after. It doesn’t make sense when someone who has been wished a merry Christmas says, “It’s not Christmas yet”, nor when someone who has been wished a good morning says, “What’s good about it?”
It also makes no sense to wish someone a happy birthday a week after his or her birthday. Instead, it is more logical to say, “I hope you had a happy birthday.”
And while I’m at it, happy St. Nicholas’ Day.
Pray for the people of the Phillipines.