Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Significant Role of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today, March the 25th, is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of Our Lord. It is the moment when the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary, the Mother of God to deliver a message that she was with Child.

 Most of us Catholics ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to intercede on our behalf. She is our example, our mediator.  She is our mother. Mary is the ideal woman. She is the woman that all women on the planet should aspire to be.  She is the ultimate example of humility, modesty and chastity.

Blessed John Paul II, in his Redemptoris Mater, said: “I simply wish to note that the figure of Mary of Nazareth sheds light on womanhood as such by the very fact that God, in the sublime event of the Incarnation of his Son, entrusted himself to the ministry, the free and active ministry of a woman. It can thus be said that women, by looking to Mary, find in her the secret of living their femininity with dignity and of achieving their own true advancement. 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…”

Mary is necessary for our salvation. Mary was chosen and conceived without sin. God gave Mary the choice to bear his Son. And she said YES. Through her own free will, as an unmarried woman, she said yes. And without her “yes” the salvation of the world would not have happened. This is why we venerate Mary. We understand her pivotal role in our very salvation. We understand that Mary was made perfect by God in order to play her part in our salvation.

Let us continue to trust and believe in the powerful intercession of Mary in our lives!

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