"The Magnificat""My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day forward, all generations shall call me blessed; the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the might of his arm, and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel, for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his children for ever. [Luke, 1:39-26]
MOTHER OF THE REDEEMED
After entrusting Mary to John with the words "Woman, behold your son!", Jesus, from the Cross, turns to His beloved disciple, saying to him, "Behold your mother!" (Jn 19:26-27). With these words He reveals to Mary the height of her motherhood: as mother of the Savior, she is also the mother of the redeemed.
JESUS INVITES YOU
May all discover in Jesus' words: "Behold your mother!", the invitation to accept Mary as mother, responding to her motherly love as true children.
The Church's devotion to the Virgin is not only the fruit of a spontaneous response to the exceptional value of her person and the importance of her role in the work of salvation, but is
based on Christ's will.
LOVE FOR AND TRUST IN MARY
The words "Behold your mother!", express Jesus' intention to inspire in His disciples an attitude of love for and trust in Mary, leading them to recognize her as their mother...
THE SCHOOL OF THE VIRGIN
At the school of the Virgin, the disciples learn to know the Lord deeply ... and to have an intimate and lasting relationship of love with Him. They also discover the joy of entrusting
themselves to the Mother's maternal love, living like affectionate and docile children.
MARY LEADS TO JESUS
The history of Christian piety teaches that Mary is the way which leads to Christ and that filial devotion to her takes nothing from intimacy with Jesus; indeed it increases it and leads
to the highest levels of perfection.
MARVELS WROUGHT BY GRACE
The countless Marian shrines throughout the world testify to the marvels wrought by grace through the intercession of Mary ... Turning to her, drawn by her tenderness, the men and
women of our time also meet Jesus, Savior and Lord of their lives.
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