Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Why? Since God is over all and Mary is His creature, and is not God, why would I say, “The world needs Mary”. This is not intended to be a debate, but rather I’m speaking to brothers and sisters in Christ, to encourage all the Family of God to listen and to hear with the ears of our hearts, God who speaks to us in Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. If you disagree, with anything, please begin another thread. Thanks
There are places in Sacred Scripture from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, and in centuries of Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium of the Church, where we can find both direct and indirect references to God’s choice of Mary and her role in His Plan of Salvation but I want to choose two verses for this thread, from the Gospel of John 19: 26-27 and one quote from St. John Paul II.
- When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.”
- Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.
First, the world “needs” Mary because Jesus gives us always what we need. Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit continues mothering us by her intercession and her example to live in union with Him as she did. The world needs to listen further to how the disciple John responds to Jesus’ words, as John records in his Gospel: "from that hour the disciple took her into his home ( the literal Greek translation is “into his own” and St. John Paul II gave us to understand that meant his own life, his very being)
Second, in our day we are experiencing a certain number of Catholics and many non Catholics distancing themselves from Mary, as the Mother God gave them on Calvary and I have quoted this often from St. John Paul II:
…Where the Mother is, there too is the Son. When one moves away from the Mother, sooner or later he ends up keeping distant from the Son as well. It is no wonder that today, in various sectors of secularised society, we note a widespread crisis of faith in God, preceded by a drop in devotion to the Virgin Mother.(Address given Oct. 1982)
How do we remedy this? I believe as true sons and daughters of God and Mary we need to pray fervently for the Holy Spirit to renew the face of the earth, beginning with the Catholic Church: clergy and people. We cannot carry the Light of Christ into the world without the Holy Spirit and Mary who brought Him first! We need Mary!
Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of Your faithful; kindle in us the Fire of Your Love. “O Jesus, living in Mary, come and live in your servants, in the spirit of holiness, in the fullness of your power, in the perfection of your ways, in the truth of your virtues, in the communion of your mysteries. Rule over every adverse power, in your Spirit, for the glory of the Father. Amen” - prayer of Fr. Jean Jacques Olier, S.S. (1608-1657) Holy Mary, Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us now and at the hour of our death. Amen.