March 25 - ANNUNCIATION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

This great festival takes its name from the happy tidings brought by the Archangel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin, announcing the Incarnation of the Son of God. It commemorates the most important embassy that was ever known, an embassy sent by the King of kings, and performed by one of the chief princes of His heavenly court, and directed, not to the great ones of this earth, but to a poor, unknown virgin who, being endowed with angelic purity of soul and body, and perfect humility and submission to God, was greater in His eyes than the mightiest monarch in the world.

When the Son of God became man, He could have taken our nature without the cooperation of any creature; but He was pleased to be born of a woman, the One announced in the third chapter of Genesis. In choosing Her whom He raised to this most sublime of all dignities, He was turning to the one maiden who, by the riches of His grace and virtues, was of all others the most holy and the most perfect. The purpose of this embassy of the Archangel was to give a Saviour to the world, a victim of propitiation to the sinner, a model to the just, a son to this Virgin who would remain a virgin, and a new nature to the Son of God - the nature of man, capable of suffering pain and anguish in order to satisfy God's justice for our transgressions.

When the Angel appeared to Mary and addressed Her, the Blessed Virgin was troubled; not at his coming, says Saint Ambrose, for heavenly visions and conversation with the blessed spirits had been familiar to Her, but what alarmed Her, he says, was the Angel's appearing in human form, in the shape of a young man. What added to her alarm on this occasion was his words of praise. Mary, guarded by her modesty, was in confusion before expressions of this sort, and dreaded even the shadow of deluding flattery. Such high commendations made her cautious, until in silence She had more fully considered the matter: "She deliberated in her mind," says Saint Luke, "what manner of salutation this could be."

The Angel, to calm her, said: "Fear not, Mary, for Thou hast found favor before God." He then informed Her that She was to conceive a Son whose name would be Jesus, who would be great and the Son of the Most High, and possessed of the throne of David, Her illustrious ancestor. Mary, out of a just concern to know how she may comply with the will of God without prejudice to Her vow of virginity, inquired, "How shall this be?" Nor did She give Her consent until the heavenly messenger informed Her that it was to be a work of the Holy Spirit, who, in making Her fruitful, would not alter in the slightest Her virginal purity. In submission to God's will, without any further inquiries, She expressed Her assent in these humble but powerful words: "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto Me according to thy word." What faith and confidence Her answer expressed! What profound humility and perfect obedience!

Reflection. Humility is the foundation of a spiritual life. By it Mary was prepared for the extraordinary graces and virtues which would ever enrich Her, and for the eminent dignity of Mother of God.

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CPS sued for kidnapPing children

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A lawsuit filed Dec. 12 2014 says Riverside County Child Protective Services staff have made a habit of kidnapping children.

Attorney Shawn McMillan, who specializes in civil rights cases against child protection agencies, said he uncovered an alarming trend about a year ago during discovery for other cases. The suit, currently focused on one case, is slated to become one of many class action lawsuits filed against U.S. child protection agencies after legislation increased funding for adopting foster children.

“County child welfare agencies regularly subvert the constitutional rights of parents and children by seizing children from their parents when there is no danger to the child, and in fact no need to seize the child at all,” McMillan told Courthouse News. “The class action is designed to address a procedural problem. They (Riverside County social workers) as a matter of course don’t get warrants before seizing kids.”

The suit focuses on a newborn baby who Riverside County took from its mother allegedly “without reason or warrant.” McMillan said the county had illegally taken the woman’s other four children months before.

Because there had been an earlier dependency case, a social worker took the three day old breast feeding baby from her mother while still in the hospital. Though the child was returned to her mother approximately a week later, many children spend more than a year in foster care while others are adopted out through county social services agencies.

According to the lawsuit, county social workers know or should know that taking children from their families without a warrant is illegal and violates their civil rights.

In San Luis Obispo County, where a large sign noting adoptions here adorns the child welfare agency, social workers rarely apply for a warrant before taking a child from its family. McMillan said , if successful, his suit could have state wide ramifications.

Meanwhile, studies show children in state custody are up to 600 percent more likely to be neglected, abused and murdered then those left in the custody of their parents.

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