Quote of the day, 22 December: Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit exults in God my savior;
because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid.
Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed,
for the Almighty has done great things for me.
Holy is his name,
and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him.
He has shown the power of his arm,
he has routed the proud of heart.
He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away.
He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy
according to the promise he made to our ancestors of
his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.”
Luke 1:46-55

The Mother of the Lord looks at the events of history from a prophetic point of view. She is not indifferent to the problems of her people. She praises God for his mercy, proclaims the blessing of the poor and humble, and denounces the emptiness and deception in which the rich and powerful live. Mary, in fact, “while completely devoted to the will of God, was far from being a timidly submissive woman or one whose piety was repellent to others; on the contrary, she was a woman who did not hesitate to proclaim that God vindicates the humble and the oppressed, and removes the powerful people of this world from their privileged positions” (Marialis Cultus, 37).  From her, we must learn that it is a requirement of our faith to know and understand the social and political reality of our country, to commit ourselves to transform it knowing that God always is inclined to favor the poor and to denounce with boldness all that is opposed to the evangelical values of justice, truth, and brotherhood.

Silvio José Báez, O.C.D.

On behalf of the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua
El Magnificat: Una oración para tiempos nuevos (excerpt)
31 May 2011

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