MARY, OUR MOTHER

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A mother for all humanity - A Moment with Mary

 

* June 25 – Our Lady of Grace (Forli, Italy, 1548)  * A mother for all humanity ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

June 25 – Our Lady of Grace (Forli, Italy, 1548) 

A mother for all humanity

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For us Christians, the Virgin Mary is our mother, as Jesus wished at the time of his death on the cross, by making his mother a Mother to all humanity.

May I express here today the joy I feel every time I meet on the square of the Basilica of Fourvière that overlooks the city of Lyons (France), a Muslim family who comes to present a newborn baby to Our Lady, placing their child under her maternal protection and entrusting it to her intercession. Occasionally the family asks me to bless the child in the name of God, and I am glad to oblige them.

As Christians, we sense that we are advancing "with Mary," next to her as a child who holds its mother’s hand. On the path that leads us towards God, we look at her as to the one who is the "first on the path," to quote one of our French hymns.

We see the wonders that God worked in this young girl, for her and with her, and we ask the Lord: "Why would you not do the same with your other children?" It is almost as if the grace of the Mother continued to unfold within the great family of humanity.

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyons, France
Islamo-Christian Meeting of Jamhour (Lebanon), Lyons, April 11, 2015 (Zenit.org) 

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