Dear Brothers and Sisters,
If you watched the opening Mass for World Youth Day in Panama and heard the homily, given by the Archbishop of Panama, it may have encouraged you as it did me to hear him encourage the young persons toward devotion to Mary.
Also in an interview with Zenit, published Jan. 23 I read these words from the Archbishop:
Archbishop Ulloa: The Church in Panama is a young Church, just 506 years old. It was the first diocese on terra firma of the American Continent, under the name of Santa Maria La Antigua, in the year 1513. It’s a Church in which the laity has wide participation, not hesitating to assume more profoundly being that Church which goes forth.
It’s a Church with a profound devotion to the Virgin, but Christ-centric, because the feasts around Jesus Christ have an intensity that convokes the whole country.
Pope Francis also included Mary in his WYD address, asking:
Do we have the courage to say to the angel, as Mary did: Behold the servants of the Lord; let it be done?
May the Holy Spirit continue to inspire clergy and people of the Catholic Church to renew their devotion to Mary, given to us as Mother and Model for the Church!