Our Lady and the Miracle on Main Street … and Your Street

Over the holidays, Turner Classic Movies presented a film which, to be accurate, was an “independent” production in the era of the “studio system”.

The IMDB synopsis of the late 1930s film “Miracle on Main Street”:

On Christmas Eve in the Spanish quarter of L.A. police try to arrest a couple running a shady floor show. Hiding in a church, the girl finds an abandoned baby and uses it as cover to escape capture. Thus she finds herself with a baby she is becoming ever more fond of, a helpful doctor himself too fond of the bottle, and a husband who has disappeared. Dare she try and change her ways and keep the child?

Given its secular nature, the movie page omits an important element. The “showgirl” runs from the police into a church, which in the opening scenes, featured a procession honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe. The girl kneels in front of a statue of Our Lady, facing away from the front door of the church. In the manger scene, she sees an infant, in a crib with a note stating the mother could not take care of the child, as she was alone with five others. Fast forward to the end” the “reformed” showgirl, who has made a life of lying to others and to herself to survive, must face the truth, guided by the alcoholic doctor who lives in the building she lives in. At the end, she prepares for a life of truth with the one man who is truly in love with her, and she goes back to the church to kneel, this time with her healthy young child, to give thanks to Our Lady for the true blessings she finally recognizes are in her midst.

This is the basic story in the movie, but, again, what jumped out to me was the emphasis at the beginning and the end of how we have The Blessed Mother to hear our prayers, our concerns, our fears, and our joys every day.

The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God is our “jumping off point”, our marker to not only pray in thanksgiving for all the blessings (and all the trials) we experienced in 2023, but to look ahead, also in thanksgiving, for what will be, ever though we know not what is ahead.

From Luke’s account:
The shepherds went in haste to Bethlehem and found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.When they saw this, they made known the message that had been told them about this child. All who heard it were amazed by what had been told them by the shepherds.
And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

We have the Good News in our midst. We share that news with those in our circles, and when we’re called on, to the world which so desperately needs to hear and see it in action.

We also need time to be silent with Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. As Mary did at the stable, we should make time to reflect on what we see and hear each day.

Most holy and immaculate Virgin, Mother of Jesus and our loving Mother, being his Mother, you shared in his universal kingship. The prophets and angels proclaimed him King of peace. With loving fervor in our hearts we salute and honor you as Queen of peace.

Happy New Year!

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Michael Throop