Mary is a "woman of the Eucharist" – Pope Benedict XVI

Posted on February 13, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |


“Mary is a model of total self-abandonment to the will of God,” he said. “To reflect upon the Immaculate Conception of Mary is thus to allow oneself to be attracted by the ‘yes’ that joined her wonderfully to the mission of Christ, the redeemer of humanity.

“It is to allow oneself to be taken and led by her hand to pronounce in one’s turn ‘fiat’ to the will of God, with all one’s existence interwoven with joys and sadness, hopes and disappointments, in the awareness that tribulations, pain and suffering make rich the meaning of our pilgrimage on earth.”

“One cannot contemplate Mary without being attracted by Christ,” continued Benedict XVI, “and one cannot look at Christ without immediately perceiving the presence of Mary. There is an indissoluble link between the Mother and the Son, generated in her womb by work of the Holy Spirit, and this link we perceive, in a mysterious way, in the sacrament of the Eucharist.”

Mary is a “woman of the Eucharist,” noted the Pope, explaining that this why at Lourdes the devotion to the Virgin Mother “is joined to a strong and constant reference” to the sacrament.
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Zenit – Message for the 16th World Day of the Sick in Lourdes, 11 FEB 2009

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