Thursday, June 01, 2006

Mary leads always to Jesus Pope reminds

The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, marked the end of the month of May yesterday evening, participating in a traditional Marian procession. The procession, which wound its way from the Church of St. Stephen of the Abyssinians - located near the apse of the Vatican Basilica – finished at the Grotto of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens. Hundreds of people participated in the ceremony, which was presided over by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, vicar general for the Vatican City State.

Wednesday being the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, the Holy Father spoke of the importance of Christ as the source of all Marian devotion. The Holy Father highlighted how in the Virgin Mary's visit "the hidden protagonist is Jesus. Mary carried Him in her womb as in a sacred tabernacle. ... Wherever Mary goes, there is Jesus."

"May true Marian devotion never obscure or diminish faith and love for Jesus Christ, our Savior, the only mediator between God and man. ... Let us, then, entrust ourselves to her with filial devotion,” the Holy Father said.

Yes, dear Holy Father, that's what I found in my life. As my love and devotion to Mary, our Mother grew, so did my love of Jesus, especially in the Most Blessed Sacrament! And now She is leading me to the Father and the Holy Spirit to complete my love for the Most Holy Trinity!

"Oh Most Holy Trinity, I adore Thee; My God, my God, I love Thee in the Most Blessed Sacrament!" (Fatima Prayer)

Jesus, the God-man, truly Present in the tabernacle of Mary's womb; Jesus, the God-man, truly Present in all the tabernacles of the world!

Jesus, the God-man, truly Present on the altar of the arms of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Bethlehem; Jesus, the God-man, truly Present in the hands of the priest at the altar in all our Catholic churches!

'Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I adore Thee profoundly, and I offer Thee the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ Present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the offences, sacriledges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.' (Fatima Prayer)