The Vatican released a message from Pope Francis on Wednesday, 8th September as the Church celebrates the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “The true joy that comes from the Lord always gives space to the voices of the forgotten, so that together with them we can build a better future,” Pope Francis said in the message see HERE
Our rejoicing should not forget the silent cry of so many brothers and sisters living in conditions of great difficulty, made worse by the pandemic. The true joy that comes from the Lord always gives space to the voices of the forgotten, so that together with them we can build a better future.
“Mary, in the beauty of following the Gospel and in her service to the common good of humanity and the planet, always teaches us to listen to these voices, and she herself becomes the voice of the voiceless in order ‘to give birth to a new world, where all of us are brothers and sisters, where there is room for all those whom our societies discard’” (Encyclical Letter, Fratelli tutti, 278). ”
Pope Francis writes:[Mary] is the Mother of all, regardless of ethnicity or nationality. Thus, the figure of Mary becomes a point of reference for a culture capable of overcoming the barriers that can create division. Therefore, on the path of this culture of fraternity, the Spirit calls us to welcome once again the sign of consolation and sure hope that has the name, the face and the heart of Mary: woman, disciple, mother and friend. It is along this path that the Spirit continues to tell us that “the times we are living in are the times of Mary”. (Address to the Pontifical Pontifical Theological Faculty “Marianum”, 24 October 2020).
The mystery enclosed in the person of Mary is the very mystery of the Word of God incarnate. … We see how at home Mary is with the Word of God, with ease she moves in and out of it. She speaks and thinks with the Word of God; the Word of God becomes her word, and her word issues from the Word of God. Here we see how her thoughts are attuned to the thoughts of God, how her will is one with the will of God. Since Mary is completely imbued with the word of God, she is able to become the Mother of the Word Incarnate” (Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, 27-28).