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Jul 2, 2018 | Claret mit dir

“[Mary] is the channel from heaven through which all the graces we need flow to keep us away from evil and to do good. She is the gate of heaven, sings the Church; and no one will attain the mercy of the Lord without her mediation, says St. German, patriarch of Constantinople. Because of this reason you have to offer yourself to Mary most holy and tribute her some gifts (……) particularly try to imitate her virtues, humility, meekness, purity and the love She had for God and neighbour”
Camino Recto, Barcelona 1846, p. 43


“Mary…..”, the Christian community of the first century as spoken by Elizabeth, the Woman of our race who deserved the title of “the believer” as if it would mean a new name “Blessed are you who believed” (Lk 1: 45). With this she recognizes and proclaims her as the Mother of the Lord and the blessed believer. And in the Magnificat, Mary expresses her deep, personal and intimate experience of God who had done great things for her. It is a confession of faith and recognition of her lowliness. All is a gratuitous gift of God.
The Council spoke about Mary´s maternal mission for the whole of humanity. A maternity that is eternalized in time, from the moment she said her YES in the annunciation; she maintained it throughout her life to the foot of the Cross and continues maintaining it in a new way until all things are brought under Christ.
The mediation of Mary is supported in Jesus and it fosters our union with Him. The Council says, “Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. By her maternal charity, she cares for the brethren of her Son, who still journey on earth surrounded by dangers and cultics, until they are led into the happiness of their true home” (LG. 62).
Mary is the shortest way to reach Christ. What we ask her is granted by Jesus, “Do what he tells you”, Mary tells the servants of the wedding house at Cana and the new wine was so good that the organizer of the banquette had to reproach the bridegroom on the day of his wedding, “Everyone serves the best wine first and when the people had drunk enough, he serves that which is ordinary. Instead you have kept the best wine until the end” (Jn 2:10). The wine Jesus gives, the good wine, is the sacrificial love.
Who is Mary for you? Do you consider her as the most precious person of your life as the beloved disciple declared at foot of the Cross?



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