Mary words

“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)

Mary words

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“The Mother of God, the most pure Virgin, carried the true light in her arms and brought him to those who lay in darkness.  We too should carry a light for all to see and reflect the radiance of the true light as we hasten to meet him.”  (Office of Readings, Feast of the Presentation)

Mary words

“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)