• October 23, 2013
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Mary, Queen of the World!

On October 13, Pope Francis entrusted the world to the tender pro­tec­tion of Our Lady. Devoted as we are to Our Blessed Mother, we join in the Church’s one voice to entrust our­selves and those dear to us to Her care.

“Today we con­sider one of the mar­velous things which the Lord has done: Mary! A lowly and weak crea­ture like our­selves, she was chosen to be the Mother of God, the Mother of her Creator.

God sur­prises us. It is pre­cisely in poverty, in weak­ness and in humility that he reveals him­self and grants us his love, which saves us, heals us and gives us strength. He asks us only to obey his word and to trust in him.

Mary said her “yes” to God: a “yes” which threw her simple life in Nazareth into tur­moil, and not only once. Any number of times she had to utter a heart­felt “yes” at moments of joy and sorrow, cul­mi­nating in the “yes” she spoke at the foot of the Cross. Here today there are many mothers pre­sent; think of the full extent of Mary’s faith­ful­ness to God: seeing her only Son hanging on the Cross. The faithful woman, still standing, utterly heart­broken, yet faithful and strong.

After the Annunciation, her first act is one of charity towards her elderly kinswoman Elizabeth. Her first words are: “My soul mag­ni­fies the Lord”, in other words, a song of praise and thanks­giving to God not only for what he did for her, but for what he had done throughout the his­tory of sal­va­tion. Everything is His gift. If we can realize that every­thing is God’s gift, how happy will our hearts be! Everything is His gift. He is our strength!”

ACT OF ENTRUSTMENT TO MARY

Blessed Virgin Mary of Fatima,
with renewed grat­i­tude for your moth­erly pres­ence
we join in the voice of all gen­er­a­tions that call you blessed.
We cel­e­brate in you the great works of God,
who never tires of low­ering him­self in mercy over humanity,
afflicted by evil and wounded by sin,
to heal and to save it.

Accept with the benev­o­lence of a Mother
this act of entrust­ment that we make in faith today,
before this your image, beloved to us.

We are cer­tain that each one of us is pre­cious in your eyes
and that nothing in our hearts has estranged you.
May that we allow your sweet gaze
to reach us and the per­petual warmth of your smile.

Guard our life with your embrace:
bless and strengthen every desire for good;
give new life and nour­ish­ment to faith;
sus­tain and enlighten hope;
awaken and ani­mate charity;
guide us all on the path to holi­ness.

Teach us your own spe­cial love for the little and the poor,
for the excluded and the suf­fering,
for sin­ners and the wounded of heart:
gather all people under you pro­tec­tion
and give us all to your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus.

Amen.


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