| BISHOP OF ARLINGTON CALLS TO IMITATE MARY DURING
| Washington, 6 (NE) "If we truly imitate Mary, the Mother of God, the 'God-Bearer', then this
New Year, this Holy Year of the Great Jubilee, will be a time of great blessings and divine
mercy," stated Bishop Paul S. Loverde of Arlington, during a homily delivered last January 1.
Addressing faithful, he recalled that the "Solemnity of the Mother of God is the most ancient
Marian Feast in the Church's history," and affirmed that "Mary, the Mother of God, stands
before us on this first day of the New Year, of the Year 2000, as a model for us to imitate."
Let's open wide the doors of our life to the Lord Jesus, as She did, and "allow Christ to become
visible and present through us," he further said. Bishop Loverde also echoed the Pontiff's prayer
for the Jubilee 2000, and asked the Father to "grant that we may live this Jubilee Year docile to
the voice of the Spirit, faithful to the way of Christ, diligent in listening to your Word and in
approaching the wellsprings of grace."