The Octave Day of the Nativity of the Lord
On this Marian feast day and Holy Day of Obligation, attend Mass and pray the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
No matter how late you may have stayed out celebrating New Year's Eve, remember that today, January 1st, is a Holy Day of Obligation. As the New Year begins, look at Mary as a model for renewed Christian life: in her openness to the Holy Spirit, her radical assent to God's will for her life, her patience through suffering, and her willingness to bring the Savior into the world. Those are all qualities that would make any of us better people in the coming year.
Today is also the World Day of Peace. Pope Francis' theme for the 47th World Day of Peace, the first of his pontificate, is "Fraternity, the foundation and pathway to peace.” Pray for peace and check out this two-page handout for reflections on ways you are called to "encounter" others as a peacemaker!