Somethings about Mary in December 2009
Many, many thanks to Alfonso, Alicia, Father Antonio, Father Augustine CFR, Carmen, Catherine & her children, Celia, Sister Chiara, Cosima, David, Douglas, Gemma, Jason, Jessamine, Julian, Katarina, Katherine, Linda, Lucy, Maria, Maria-Teresa, Marie, Mary, Matt, Melissa, Olivette, Phil, Philip, Stephen, Vicky, & Vivian for giving their 'something' about Mary.
This image is of Mary, the Immaculate Conception whose feast day is 8th December.
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Benedict XVI... and something about Mary
"What immense joy to have Mary Immaculate as Mother! Every time we experience our frailty and the suggestion of evil, we can turn to her, and our heart receives light and comfort.
Also in life's trials, in the storms that make faith and hope vacillate, we think that we are her children and that the roots of our existence sink in the infinite grace of God. The Church herself, even if exposed to the negative influences of the world, always finds in her the star to direct and follow the route indicated by Christ.
Mary is in fact the Mother of the Church, as Pope Paul VI and Vatican Council II solemnly proclaimed. While, therefore, we render thanks to God for this wonderful sign of his goodness, we entrust to the Immaculate Virgin each one of us, our families and the community, the whole Church and the entire world."
(Angelus on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 8th December 2009`0
John Paul II... and something about Mary
"Christ's call leads along a way which is not easy to travel, because it can also lead us to the Cross. But there is no other way which leads to truth and which can give life. Nevertheless, we are not alone on this path. Mary, through her fiat, opened a new way for humanity. By her acceptance of, and total dedication to the mission of her Son, she is the prototype of every Christian vocation. She will walk with us, she will be our travelling companion, and with her help we will be capable of following the vocation which Christ offers us. Dear young people, let us set out upon our way with Mary; let us commit ourselves to following Christ, the Way, Truth and Life. Thus we will be zealous bearers of the message of the new evangelization and generous builders of the civilization of love."
JP2 at the 4th World Youth Day - Santiago de Compostela 1989