VI Edition                              
January 2000

Heart to heart  
"Mary, our blessed mother, dawn of light for modern times"
Mother Adela Galindo, Foundress, SCTJM

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Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The year 2000 began with great enthusiasm around the world, between songs, candles,  and beautiful fireworks. Many of us waited for the new year while we were praying, entrusting it to Christ the King and Lord of human history. There was a multitude of young people waiting for the new year at Saint Peter’s Square, and from his window, the Holy Father gave us a much needed message. He reminded the entire world about the true meaning of this particular time in history. “To the eyes of faith, time acquires in itself a religious significance, more so during this Jubilee Year which has just started. Christ is the Lord of Time. Every moment of human time is beneath the sign of the Lord’s Redemption, who has immersed Himself, once and for all.... You, oh, Christ, are the end of human history, you are the focal point of all the expectations of human beings. The years and the centuries belong only to you. Time is yours, Oh, Christ, You who are the same yesterday, today and always."

The Holy Father reminded us of the Christian sense of time. “But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4). Time has come to its fullness because God became man and entered into it. God acts in time and manifests His Presence and Providence within human time. This is why the Lord chooses specific moments or times in history to manifest His grace in a particular way, just as He is doing it with this Holy Year.

It is worth noting that January 1, 2000, has a particular providential and significant detail. The beginning of this new century and this new year of transition into the new millennium has taken place on a day which is profoundly Marian. January 1, 2000 besides being the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, it is also the First Saturday of the Month which is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. How Providential is this! Wasn’t this Holy Year, the commemoration of the birth of our Savior? Wasn’t the Blessed Mother the first one to receive in Her Heart the Mystery of the Incarnation? The Lord wanted us to begin this new phase in history having our eyes fixed on the One who has opened wide the door of Her Heart to the Redeemer. That is why she became the bearer par excellence of Christ to humanity.

It is precisely on this Marian Solemnity on January 1, 2000 that the Holy Father opened the Holy Door of the Basilica of Santa Maria the Greater One, the first one in the West dedicated to the Mother of Christ. In his Homily, the Holy Father told us: “If the fullness of times consists of the coming of the Son of God, born of a woman, then we should remember that Mary has also contributed to the coming of the fullness of times. She has contributed in a particular way, by allowing human time to be fulfilled in the Incarnation of the Word.” Yes, she contributes in such a unique way in this fullness of times. We can even say the Lord has entrusted the Blessed Mother as the Mother of Christ and Mother of the Church. Therefore, she can exercise Her maternal care in all the events of human history.

The Holy Father concluded by saying: “We entrust to your maternal care each and every single day of this new year, the future of the Church, humanity and the entire universe.” He also entrusted us to the Blessed Mother at the opening of the Holy Door at Saint Peter’s Basilica, which marked the beginning of the Jubilee. “As we begin our Journey into this new Jubilee Year, Mary, Dawn of Light for modern times, stay with us while we entrust ourselves into your maternal care.”

And, the day when we celebrate the Three Kings Day, “At the beginning of this new year, while living intensely the Great Jubilee,  we entrust to Mary, “the morning star,” the evangelizing mission of the Church and the path of all Christians towards the fullness of unity desired so much by our Redeemer”.

With these simple acts of trust and surrender to the Blessed Mother, His Holiness John Paul II seems to reveal us a sure path on how we should live out this Holy Year. We have to be united with our Blessed Mother inside Her Immaculate Heart, and allow ourselves to be guided by Her so that she can take us to a more intimate contemplation of the Mystery of the Incarnation. She participates in the Incarnation in such a unique and singular way. May all of us entrust our lives, our history, our years and our circumstances to the Maternal care of the Virgin Mary. May we travel the road of this Great Jubilee Year, a year of grace and mercy united in and with Mary.

May this new Millennium belong to the Two Hearts!

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