“Mary’s motherhood is not some vague or abstract sort of thing. It’s concrete and personal. And even though it’s universal, it’s also intensely particular. Mary is your mother. She is my mother. In this light, John Paul thinks it’s significant that Mary’s new motherhood on Calvary is expressed in the singular, ‘Behold, your son’ not ‘Behold, your billions of spiritual children.’ The Pope gets to the heart of it when he says, ‘Even when the same woman is the mother of many children, her personal relationship with each one of them is of the very essence of motherhood.’ In short: Mary is uniquely, particularly, personally your mother and my mother, and she doesn’t lose us in the crowd.” (Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, 33 Days to Morning Glory)
O my Mother, offer me to Jesus.
O my Mother, take my heart and hide it in the heart of Jesus.
~ St. Bernadette Soubirous
“In the light of Mary, the Church sees in the face of women the reflection of a beauty which mirrors the loftiest sentiments of which the human heart is capable: the self-offering totality of love; the strength that is capable of bearing the greatest sorrows; limitless fidelity and tireless devotion to work; the ability to combine penetrating intuition with words of support and encouragement.” (Bl. John Paul II)
“My children, she is the ladder of sinners, she is my chief confidence, she is the whole ground of my hope.”
~St. Bernard of Clairvaux
O Mary, my Mother, be my refuge and my shelter.
Give me peace in the storm. I am tired on the journey.
Let me rest in you. Shelter and protect me.
~St. Bernadette Soubirous
“It is in Our Lady that God fell in love with Humanity.”