Today is Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is fitting to start the new year with this celebration to commemorate the Mother of Christ and our Mother. At Mass, we always pray to God to have mercy on us. It struck me today that this is such a simple, beautiful and powerful prayer if we say it with all our heart. It means we acknowledge that we are sinners and need God's help, that we trust in him, and that we are totally dependent upon him. It is truly an all-encompassing prayer.