MARY, OUR MOTHER

Friday, March 04, 2016

They can leave truly knowing that Mary is ever at their side



----- A Moment with Mary --

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

March 4 – Our Lady of Sorrows (Italy, 1603) – 15th apparition of Lourdes

They can leave truly knowing that Mary is ever at their side

Archetypal Gothic Lady of Sorrows from a triptych by the Master of the Stauffenberg Altarpiece, Alsace c. 1455 (Wikipedia)
It is most fitting that on this day we invoke the Blessed Virgin Mary above all as Mother of mercy. The door we have opened is, in fact, a Door of Mercy. Those who cross its threshold are called to enter into the merciful love of the Father with complete trust and freedom from fear; they can leave this Basilica knowing – truly knowing – that Mary is ever at their side.

She is the Mother of mercy, because she bore in her womb the very Face of divine mercy, Jesus, Emmanuel, the Expectation of the nations, the “Prince of Peace” (Is 9:5). The Son of God, made incarnate for our salvation, has given us his Mother, who joins us on our pilgrimage through this life, so that we may never be left alone, especially at times of trouble and uncertainty.

Mary is the Mother of God, she is the Mother of God who forgives, who bestows forgiveness, and so we can rightly call her Mother of forgiveness… Following Jesus’ example and by his grace, she herself could forgive those who killed her innocent Son.

For us, Mary is an icon of how the Church must offer forgiveness to those who seek it.

Pope Francis

Holy mass and opening of the Holy Door – Basilica of St Mary Major – Friday, January 1, 2016 - Mary Most Holy, the Holy Mother of God
www.vatican.va


Seven Sorrows (wikipedia)

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