In 2012, at the closing of the XIII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops they turned to Mary, Star of the New Evangelization and reminded us to entrust ourselves to her:
The figure of Mary guides us on our way. Our journey, as Pope Benedict XVI told us, can seem like a path across the desert; we know that we must take it, bringing with us what is essential: the gift of the Spirit, the company of Jesus, the truth of his word, the Eucharistic bread which nourishes us, the fellowship of ecclesial communion, the impetus of charity. It is the water of the well that makes the desert bloom. As stars shine more brightly at night in the desert, so the light of Mary, the Star of the new evangelization, brightly shines in heaven on our way. To her we confidently entrust ourselves. (Rome, October 26, 2012)
Entrusting ourselves to Mary becomes especially real through the spiritual exercise of Marian Consecration as taught by St. Louis Marie de Montfort and St. Maximilian Kolbe. This lived reality of communion with Mary is exemplified more recently in the lives of saints such as Saint John Paul II and Saint Teresa of Calcutta.
Marian Consecration is a covenant of love that results in the union of our hearts with the Immaculate Heart. Saints and Church Tradition teach that this is the surest pathway to communion with Jesus — our goal. Consecration to Mary draws us into her mission on earth. What is Mary’s mission? To birth Jesus. God formed Mary to bring Jesus into the world; into the heart of humanity.
At the foot of the cross was also Mary Magdalene. Was she not also consecrated to Jesus through Mary since she had completely converted and was always close to the Lord and His Mother? It seems logical that Mary of Nazareth formed the holy women of the early Church to assist her in her spiritual maternity of souls, especial priest souls. Women like Mary Magdalene would have been Mary’s first spiritual daughters. At the foot of the Cross was also St. John the beloved. Certainly when he took Mary into his home as scripture teaches, he first took her into his priestly heart and consecrated himself to her service and protection.
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