Pope Francis on the Blessed Virgin Mary

 We at the Virgin Mary Website praise God for Pope Francis and we will be honored and blessed to post to you what the Holy Father has proclaimed about the Blessed Virgin . One of Pope Francis’s first public act after his election was to pray to Jesus through Mary at the Basicalla of St Mary Major, a loving gesture and tradition also made by his predecessors. As a Cardinal in 2012, during the Easter Vigil he spoke of the mission of spreading the joy of Jesus to others as witnessed by our Blessed Virgin in this way:

“That night she, too, the Mother, was in vigil. Her insides made her intuit the closeness of that life which she conceived in Nazareth and her faith strengthened that intuition. We ask her, the first disciple, to teach us to persevere in the vigil, to accompany us in patience, to strengthen us in hope. We ask her to lead us to an encounter with her Risen Son; we ask her to free us from fear, so that we too can hear the angel’s message and run off… not out of fright but to announce it to others in this Buenos Aires that needs it so much!”(Zenit.org) Dr. Edward Mulholland

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/charity-and-clarity-what-to-expect-from-pope-francis-preaching

 

Cardinal Bergoglio  kissing the foot of an aids patient.

 

Blessed John Paul II spoke about Mary in his 2003 world youth day message

Blessed John Paul II spoke about Mary in his 2003 world youth day message:

Jesus gives his Mother to you so that she will comfort you with her tenderness. She will discharge her ministry as a mother and train you and mold you until Christ is fully formed in you. This is why I now wish to repeat the motto of my episcopal and pontifical service: “Totus tuus.”(completely yours) Throughout my life I have experienced the loving and forceful presence of the Mother of Our Lord. Mary accompanies me every day in the fulfillment of my mission as successor of Peter. Mary is the Mother of divine grace, because she is the Mother of the Author of grace. Entrust yourselves to her with complete confidence!

(John Paul II, “Message of the Holy Father John Paul II for the 18th World Youth Day,” March 8, 2003, 3-4.)

Origen and St Hippolytus on the immaculate conception

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was accepted and proclaimed since the first century AD. St Justin Martyr and St Irenaeus were two examples of this posted in our blog (20/01/2013). This blog below is the testimony from the second century by Origen and St Hippolytus.

Origen (182AD-254AD)

This Virgin Mother of the Only-begotten of God is called Mary, worthy of God, immaculate of the immaculate, one of the one (Homily 1 [A.D. 244]).

St Hippolytus (170 AD-236AD)

He [Jesus] was the ark formed of incorruptible wood. For by this is signified that His tabernacle [Mary] was exempt from defilement and corruption (Orat. In Illud, Dominus pascit me, in Gallandi, Bibl. Patrum, II, 496 ante [A.D. 235]).

What is the Blessed Virgin Mary’s role in regard to our Church?

Here is an excerpt from the Catechism of the Catholic Church that outlines Mary’s role in our Church.

 

I. MARY’S MOTHERHOOD WITH REGARD TO THE CHURCH

 

Wholly united with her Son . . .

964 Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. “This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death”;504 it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:

Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: “Woman, behold your son.”505

965 After her Son’s Ascension, Mary “aided the beginnings of the Church by her prayers.”506 In her association with the apostles and several women, “we also see Mary by her prayers imploring the gift of the Spirit, who had already overshadowed her in the Annunciation.”507

. . . also in her Assumption

966 “Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.”508 The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin is a singular participation in her Son’s Resurrection and an anticipation of the resurrection of other Christians:

In giving birth you kept your virginity; in your Dormition you did not leave the world, O Mother of God, but were joined to the source of Life. You conceived the living God and, by your prayers, will deliver our souls from death.509

. . . she is our Mother in the order of grace

967 By her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to his Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity. Thus she is a “preeminent and . . . wholly unique member of the Church”; indeed, she is the “exemplary realization” (typus)510 of the Church.

968 Her role in relation to the Church and to all humanity goes still further. “In a wholly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope, and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace.”511

969 “This motherhood of Mary in the order of grace continues uninterruptedly from the consent which she loyally gave at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, until the eternal fulfillment of all the elect. Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this saving office but by her manifold intercession continues to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation . . . . Therefore the Blessed Virgin is invoked in the Church under the titles of Advocate, Helper, Benefactress, and Mediatrix.”512

970 “Mary’s function as mother of men in no way obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows its power. But the Blessed Virgin’s salutary influence on men . . . flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on his mediation, depends entirely on it, and draws all its power from it.”513 “No creature could ever be counted along with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer; but just as the priesthood of Christ is shared in various ways both by his ministers and the faithful, and as the one goodness of God is radiated in different ways among his creatures, so also the unique mediation of the Redeemer does not exclude but rather gives rise to a manifold cooperation which is but a sharing in this one source.”514

Fr Paul Newton on the Holy Rosary

Fr Paul Newton on the Holy Rosary

“The Holy Mass is the most powerful prayer for a Christian. It is there that we encounter Christ in a way like no other. So why bother with the Rosary?
The beautiful prayer of the Most Holy Rosary in no way competes with the Mass but it helps us prepare for it and give thanks for it. In short, we strive to come to Jesus assisted by the prayers and example of the Blessed Virgin Mary – the first and most faithful disciple of the Lord.
But you might find the daily Rosary a bit too much for your busy life. Well, first ask yourself this: Why are you so busy? What is really important? What helps us get to Heaven?
If the Rosary is new to you or you haven’t prayed it for a while then I would advise you to get gradually connected by saying that Hail Mary prayer morning and night, or a few times throughout the day. You might even commit yourself to reciting one decade of the Rosary each day. You might end up being amazed how possbile it is set aside 20 minutes a day. We do it for so many things of no consequence. Like anything of value it is worth the effort.
But remember, the goal is not simply to achieve a target of a certain amount of daily prayers – we want a loving relationship with Our Lady, the Mother of Christ and our Heavenly Mother too. God gave her to you to lead you to Him. Mediate on her holy life. Open your heart to her and beg her to help you to follow Jesus more and more faithfully.”

Fr Paul Newton

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