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Mother’s Day, and Mary, Mother of the Church

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Pope Francis a few years ago whilst visiting Fatima asked a question. Which Mary – which Mary do we honour in the Church? Is it a Mary who is a ‘plaster statue’ from whom we beg favours at little cost? Is it a Mary that we have ourselves created? Or is it the Virgin Mary of the Gospel, venerated by the Church at prayer, “The first and greatest teacher of the spiritual life,’ and the first to follow Jesus on the ‘narrow way’ of the cross ?

Pope Francis went on to say, “if we want to be Christian, we must be Marian.” No other creature, he said, ever basked in the light of God’s face as did Mary,” noting it was “she who gave a human face to the Son of the eternal Father.”

So, on this Mother’s day, let us contemplate and give thanks for the great gift of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to our Catholic lives of faith. And let us, with great confidence, ask her prayers for us, as today we commend our mothers to her intercession. So that they, like us, are made ready for that day when Jesus will return to take each one of us to the room prepared for us in the father’s house.

Fr John

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