Mother Adela,

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We have been given great news which is the cause of immense joy.  This announcement did not come through the angels or the prophets, but rather through the mouth of Christ Himself: we have a spiritual mother – the Blessed Virgin Mary. 


This spiritual maternity over mankind is exercised in various ways:

1.   She transmits divine life:  She transmits to us the life of Her Son – because Christ is the Life and She has given Christ to us.  In addition, She is the woman associated par excellence to the sacrifice of Christ that won eternal and divine life for us.  Having been the creature that cooperated in a unique and singular manner with the work of redemption, She is also, by divine design, the One who distributes the graces of Christ to us; in this manner, she nourishes us, guides us, protects us and helps us grow in the life of grace and the supernatural life in order to reach the perfection and full stature of Christ (like St. Paul tell us in Eph 4:13). 

It is a gift to have a mother who cares for our spiritual life.  We often give more attention to our natural life than to our supernatural life.  Nonetheless, the supernatural life is a superior reality: “Do not fear those who can kill the body but rather, those who can ruin the soul” (cf. Mt 10:28).
“She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented Him to the Father in the temple, and was united with Him by compassion as He died on the Cross. In this singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace” (Lumen Gentium (LG), 61).

2.   She intercedes in our favor:  She does so with supplications directed to Christ in order to obtain grace for us.  The Fathers of the Church referred to Her as the all-powerful intercessor. She is this because of Her perfect communion with Christ, with which She desires what He desires, and because of Her faith, a faith that moves mountains. 

When She said, “Do whatever He tells you” (Jn 2:5),  She manifested what was needed and left the rest to Her Son’s  judgment, certain that the solution He would give would be the best, the most meaningful, and that which would resolve the need in the most favorable manner.  She left everything completely open to the Lord and His will because She was sure that His will was the most perfect thing that could be done and that which would really solve the situation.  She trusted in His wisdom, in His superior knowledge, and in His wide and profound vision of things that embraced aspects and circumstances She might not have been aware of.  She presented what was happening and left it in His Hands.  It is this kind of faith which obligated the Lord with greater force than the most astute arguments or contentions.  When the Virgin spoke to Him, His hour had not come; after speaking with so much faith, His hour came immediately.  The faith of the Virgin that permeated the words of Her brief phrase altered time, making the hour in which Christ manifested His divinity come quicker through an extraordinary manifestation that strengthened and augmented the faith of His disciples.

3.   It is exercised through Her universal mediation of graces: She distributes the graces Christ obtained for us with His redemption and which She has obtained through Her intercession. “The maternal duty of Mary toward men in no wise obscures or diminishes this unique mediation of Christ, but rather shows His power. For all the salvific influence of the Blessed Virgin on men originates, not from some inner necessity, but from the divine pleasure. It flows forth from the superabundance of the merits of Christ, rests on His mediation, depends entirely on it and draws all its power from it. In no way does it impede, but rather does it foster the immediate union of the faithful with Christ” (LG, 60).

4.   She visits and intervenes in our lives and in the life of the Church and of the world: She does this particularly when the Church is in danger of being lost, of falling into error or of being darkened.  Just as the pillar of cloud during the day and the pillar of fire at night went before the Israelites in the desert to show them the way, the Blessed Virgin – the new pillar as described to us through the dream of St. John Bosco – goes in front of us during times of confusion and battle, leading us safely to the Heart of Jesus and His Church.
She does this often through apparitions that display her maternal concern sinners, for situations in the world, and situations in the Church.  Does She not come precisely when we are in need of reviving the faith and returning to Her Son?


From the moment of the Annunciation, when the Blessed Virgin received the call to be the Mother of the Redeemer, Her call to be the Mother of all mankind also began in an implicit and hidden manner.  The Mother of the Head ought also to be the Mother of the Body.  The Mother of the Redeemer is to be the Mother of the redeemed.  The physical Mother of Christ will be the Spiritual Mother of the Mystical Body of Christ.  The Blessed Virgin, by engendering Christ physically and naturally, also engenders spiritually and supernaturally all of the members of the Mystical Body of Christ – the entire human race.  The Head as well as its mystical members are the fruit of the same womb – that of Mary.  Therefore, She is the Mother of the total Christ – the Head and the Body; She is Mother physically of the Head and spiritually of its members, as Pope Pius X explained to us in his encyclical, Ad diem illum.  The spiritual maternity of Mary is the complement of Her divine maternity.  “Because of the redemptive Incarnation, Mary became not only the Mother of God in the physical order of nature, but also in the supernatural order of grace she became the Mother of all men” (cf. Pius XII, Message to the Marian Congress of Ottawa, Canada, June 19, 1947).

Her Maternity in the Gospels

We see some signs of the spiritual maternity of the Blessed Virgin over man (in its two facets: intercession and dispensation of graces) in the Gospels.

We see this in the Visitation, when Her presences brought saving graces to John the Baptist and the grace of the Holy Spirit upon Elizabeth, bringing about the first miracle in the supernatural order.  We also see it in Cana, where Her maternal intercession and mediation brought about the first miracle in the order of nature.

These two signs of Her Spiritual maternity reach their full realization on Calvary when, in an explicit manner according to the Gospel of St. John, Christ from the Cross directed Himself to the Beloved disciple (and in him to each one of us) and gave Her to us as Mother.  “Behold, your Mother…Mother, behold, your Son” (cf. John 19:26-27).  If the spiritual maternity of Mary in respect to man had been delineated since the Annunciation, on the Cross it is clearly established. 

During that solemn moment, the words of Christ officially proclaimed and confirmed the spiritual maternity of Mary that existed since the Annunciation, but was formally consummated and completed through Her most sorrowful association and participation in the redemptive sacrifice.  In Nazareth, the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived us and on Calvary, She gave birth.

She Gave Birth to Us in Pain

This spiritual maternity upon man, confirmed and completed on the Cross, cost our Mother great sufferings, and She gave birth to us in intense pain; Her Heart was pierced.  She gave birth to us while watching Her Son die; Her maternity towards us is the fruit of pain.  With the same fiat with which She responded to the Annunciation of the Angel that brought about Her divine maternity, She embraced the annunciation of Christ on the Cross that brought Her Spiritual maternity.  From that moment on, She received John, and in him, every human person as sons and daughters. Her Heart was spiritually pierced and opened to man for all times.

When the Angel told Her, “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son” (Lk 1:31), She opened her Immaculate Heart to receive, with faith and obedience, the invitation to divine maternity.  The second announcement of maternity came at the foot of the Cross. “The words of Jesus, ‘Woman, behold your Son,’ opened the Heart of the Mother in a new way.  A few moments later, the solider pierced the Heart of Christ. With those words, the Heart of Mary opened to receive those whom the Pierced Heart of Jesus was to reach with His redemptive power” (cf. John Paul II, Homily, May 13, 1982, no.8).  Just as the Heart of Christ remained eternally opened on the Cross to pour graces of salvation upon humanity, the Heart of Mary has remained eternally open to receive as Mother those who accept the redemption of Her Son.  


At the foot of the Cross was Mary; with Her was St. John.  This Apostle (according to the Magisterium of the Church, the Fathers and Popes) represents all of humanity, particularly the faithful who desire to be “beloved disciples.”  At the foot of the Cross, Christ confided the beloved disciple, and in him, all men and the Church to the maternal care of Mary, so that what He had done in Her can now be done in His mystical Body.  “In John the beloved disciple each person discovers that he or she is a son or daughter of Her who has given the Son of God to the world” (cf. John Paul II, Homily on September 15, 1988, no.9). 

John Paul II, in his encyclical Mother of the Redeemer, says, “It can be said that motherhood ‘in the order of grace’ preserves the analogy with what ‘in the order of nature’ characterizes the union between mother and child. In the light of this fact it becomes easier to understand why in Christ's testament on Golgotha his Mother's new motherhood is expressed in the singular, in reference to one man: ‘Behold your son.’  It can also be said that these same words fully show the reason for the Marian dimension of the life of Christ's disciples. This is true not only of John, who at that hour stood at the foot of the Cross together with his Master's Mother, but it is also true of every disciple of Christ, of every Christian. The Redeemer entrusts his mother to the disciple, and at the same time he gives her to him as his mother. Mary's motherhood, which becomes man's inheritance, is a gift: a gift which Christ himself makes personally to every individual” (no. 45).

The maternity of Mary according to Pope John Paul II

According to His Holiness John Paul II, the maternity of Mary over the whole of humanity is the express desire of Christ, His final testament. This maternity is universal and personal; She is the Mother of the Church and the Mother of each member.  Each one of us ought to enter into a personal relationship with Her, a relationship of Mother and child.  She desires that we are Her children, that we have an intimate relationship with Her as Christ had with Her, and that this relationship is an extension of the love Christ had for His Mother.  He desires that we love Her as He loved Her.


Furthermore, Her maternity is a gift of Christ to each one of us.  Each disciple ought to have a Marian dimension in his or her life (for example, one’s prayer groups begins with the recitation of the Rosary).


As well, the maternal mission of Mary ought to be received by each person.  This is the profound meaning of the Holy Father John Paul II’s papal coat of arms.  “The disciple took Her into his home” (Jn 19:27)… In other words, he took Her into his heart, responding to the gift of Christ.  He made Her a part of his life, his problems, his spiritual life, his decisions and his physical life.  And as Mary was given as Mother personally to him, the disciple responded with a “self-offering.”  Self-offering is the response of love of a person, and concretely, it is the response to the love of a mother.  “Entrusting himself to Mary in a filial manner, the Christian, like the Apostle John, ‘welcomes’ the Mother of Christ ‘into his own home’ and brings her into everything that makes up his inner life, that is to say into his human and Christian ‘I’”(RM, 45).

Christ entrusts and gives us His Mother.  He consecrated us to the maternal care of His Mother because He knew that we need Her to grow in the life of perfection and to defend ourselves in the spiritual battle against the devil.

This maternity has real effects in our lives: it leads to the transmission of spiritual life, to the restoration of souls.  It has the mission of guiding us, protecting us, educating us, forming us, and watching out for our needs.  Because She is our Mother, She is the powerful intercessor and Mediatrix of all graces.


All of Mary’s earthly life was marked by Her maternal care towards Her Son and towards man; this maternal solicitude was even greater at the moment of the Cross when Her maternity was completed and confirmed and when, from the Pierced Heart of Her Son, the Church, the Mystical Body of Her Son, was born.  She would have to do with the Church what She had done with Her Son.

From that moment Her maternal Heart turned towards the newly formed Church.  She would be a true Mother for the Mystical Body of Her Son; She would be with them in prayer, in watchfulness and in maternal diligence through Her interventions and visitations; She would be with them through Her generosity and Her powerful intercession, through Her constant and loving presence.  She would intercede and intervene on behalf of all the many diverse needs of Her children.  She would aid the needs of men, bringing about with Her prayer, meditation, and maternal presence, the salvific action and saving power of Christ.

Her maternity is in itself a meditation. For this reason the Holy Father refers to it as a “maternal mediation.”  He says, “Mary places herself between her Son and mankind in the reality of their wants, needs and sufferings. She puts herself ‘in the middle,’ that is to say she acts as a mediatrix not as an outsider, but in her position as mother. She knows that as such she can point out to her Son the needs of mankind, and in fact, she ‘has the right’ to do so. Her mediation is thus in the nature of intercession: Mary ‘intercedes’ for mankind. And that is not all. As a mother she also wishes the messianic power of her Son to be manifested” (RM, 21).

Furthermore, if Christ has called Her to be Mother of all, He not only gave Her the responsibility but also the rights of maternity – to intercede, nourish, bring about growth, protect, teach, form, etc.

Last, Her intercession has a double aspect: the good of man and the manifestation of the saving power of Her Son.  Is this not what She revealed in Cana?


“This maternity of Mary in the order of grace began with the consent which she gave in faith at the Annunciation and which she sustained without wavering beneath the cross, and lasts until The eternal fulfillment of all the elect. 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).

What does this mean for us? First, it means that Her maternity will continue without ceasing until the perfect consummation of the chosen – in other words, until the end of time.  The mission of Her maternity is to see Christ being formed in our hearts, to see that we live in Christ and with the life of Christ.  It is Her mission to lead us, by Her intercession and maternal mediation, towards Heaven.  What suffering it causes Her to not find Christ or His divine life in souls.  If Saint Paul said in Galatians 4:19, “My children, for whom I am again in labor until Christ be formed in you,” what more can She say who, as our spiritual Mother, is supposed to give birth to Christ in our hearts?

Moreover, Her maternity serves to introduce men to Christ and Christ to men. She did this with the shepherds, the Wise men, Simeon and Anna, the wedding couple at Cana and the servers, the first disciples, and the Church.

In Heaven, She has not forgotten about us.  She lives interceding and intervening in the lives of each one of us and in the life of the Church.  For this reason, Mary is ever more powerful in Her intercession after the Assumption, after having entered Heaven with body and soul and having been crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.  With maternal love She watches over those who pilgrim amidst dangers and anguishes.  Being our Mother implies being involved in our lives and in the life of the Church.


Each one of us can give testimony to the Spiritual maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives.  How many times and moments have we not experienced the presence of our mother, Her response to our pleas, Her interventions that free us from dangers?  We would never finish.  The books of so many saints are full of their experiences with the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The following are just some of the many ways we experience her presence:

  • We experience Her protection.

  • We are freed from our temptations through the presence of Mary.

  • We are protected physically.

  • Our families are restored by the prayer of the Holy Rosary.

  • In our loneliness we experience Her maternal love.

  • In the midst of attacks of the enemy, we experience how Her merciful gaze causes them to cease.

  • During sufferings we receive Her consolation.

  • In the middle of coldness, we receive Her tenderness.

It is with good reason that St. Louis de Montfort said, “It prompts us to go to her in every need of body and soul with great simplicity, trust and affection. We implore our Mother's help always, everywhere, and for everything. We pray to her to be enlightened in our doubts, to be put back on the right path when we go astray, to be protected when we are tempted, to be strengthened when we are weakening, to be lifted up when we fall into sin, to be encouraged when we are losing heart, to be rid of our scruples, to be consoled in the trials, crosses and disappointments of life. Finally, in all our afflictions of body and soul, we naturally turn to Mary”… with the… “confidence that a child has for its loving Mother” (Treatise on True Devotion to Mary, no.107).

The Holy Father constantly has recourse to the maternal care of Our Lady, both in a personal manner as well as pastor of the Church.  There is no single occurrence, no single letter, no allocution, and no ministry that he does not confide to the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  To Her, He attributes his having been spared from the assassination attempt.  “One hand fired, but another directed the bullet.”  It is that bullet that is found today in the crown of the image of Our Lady of Fatima in the Sanctuary of Fatima.


“To you do we cry, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.”

“And as Mother of the Church, Mary assumed and crowned in heaven does not cease to be ‘involved’ in the history of the Church, history of the struggle between good and evil” (John Paul II, Homily, Aug 15, 1995, no.4).

In the book of Revelation (ch.12), we are presented with the two maternities of Mary:  Mother of Jesus and Mother of believers.  We see the appearance of a Woman clothed with the Sun, with the moon under Her feet and a crown of twelve stars around Her head, who is having birth pains as She gives birth.

Next, we also see a dragon appear.  When darkness invades all of the earth, we see Our Lady appear in defense of Her children, bringing them to the light of Christ.  No longer do we only see the devil in the horizon, but now also the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ and our Mother, who appears, visits, protects, guides, illuminates and teaches us a way contrary to the way of the devil.  Her maternity not only nourishes us with the life of Christ, but also defends us from the enemy of Christ.  With Her maternity, She is situated in the very center of that “enmity,” of the struggle that has accompanied the history of humanity on earth and the very history of salvation.  Within this history, Mary continues to be the sign of hope for the future (RM, 11).  We and Jesus have Her as a Mother in order that She can defend Her Son from being devoured by the dragon and defend the rest of Her children, whom the raging dragon seeks to devour.

Let us examine the meaning of the text from Revelation. She appeared as a great sign in the sky dressed in the sun. This “dress of the sun” is the light of Christ.  As well, the moon was under Her feet; the moon represents time.  Therefore, She has authority, and She exercises it over time; in fact, She is its patron.  Even though She lived in time, She is superior to the vicissitudes of time and is not conditioned by it.  In other words, She has the power, given to Her by God, to crush the battles that take place in history at specific times.  The fact that She is crowned signifies Her participation in the royalty of Her Son; She is Queen of Heaven and earth.  Finally, the twelve stars symbolize the triumph of the Church in Mary.

When the Church walks through the desert in the middle of great battles, Mary is evermore present to protect Her children.  And when the battle is fiercest, the children have recourse to the Mother; this has been the constant testimony of the Church.  A prayer from the third century reads, “Under your protection we place ourselves, Oh Mother of God; do not refuse our pleas which we direct to you in our needs, but rather, free us from all danger, Oh glorious and blessed Virgin.”  John Paul II, as a cardinal, spoke these words: “The experience of the faithful is to see the Mother of God as the One who is, in a most special way, united to the Church in those most difficult moments of its history, when the attacks towards Her are ever more menacing.  This is in full communion with the woman who is revealed in Genesis and the Book of Revelation.  Precisely in those periods when Christ, and therefore His Church, are a great sign of contradiction, Mary appears particularly close to the Church, because it will always be the mystical Body of Her Son….  In those periods of history, the particular need of entrustment oneself to Mary is felt.  God the Father entrusted His only Son to humanityThe first human person to whom He entrusted Him was Mary.  And until the end of times, She will remain as the One whom God confided the mystery of Salvation in favor of the human race” (Lenten Sermons to Pope Paul VI and the Roman Curia, 1976).

We have 2000 years of history in which we have seen many interventions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in key situations in the life of the Church and of the world.  She has intervened as Mother and as Queen in the history of the world.  In Fatima, the Virgin manifested a particular detail through what She wore: a star.  She wanted to remind us of Her powerful intercessory mission.  Esther means star.  She is the new Esther that presents herself before the King interceding for the people.  Let us remember the story of Esther.

  • Amman, enemy of the Jews, got the consent of the king for the extermination of the people of Israel.

  • The decree for extermination was given on the 13th of the month.

  • The Jews gathered together to pray and to do penance.

  • Esther presented herself with all her beauty before the King.

  • She asked for the liberation of her people from the enemies who were seeking to annihilate them.

  • She was able to win the favor of the King who reversed the action of the enemy and carried out the punishment on him (Amman) instead.

“The reality of the struggle that continues in history also makes evident the definitive victory through the work of the woman, through Mary, who is our Advocate and the powerful ally of all nations on earth” (cf. John Paul II. Homily, Aug 15, 1995, no.4).

The following are some other examples:

Our Lady of the Pillar:  In the year 40 AD, She appeared in Spain to the Apostle James in order to animate him in his efforts of evangelization of that country, as he was not having much success.  After the apparition, the Blessed Virgin Mary left a Pillar with a small statue as a proof of Her presence and to manifest the fact that She intervenes in history to sustain and support our faith.  She asked Him to construct a chapel, and upon its completion, it became the first church dedicated to the Virgin Mary during the Christian era.  It is from this faith that Spain received that we receive our faith as well.

Covadonga:  Here, we see the intervention of the Virgin Mary in the re-conquest of Spain. The re-conquest from the hands of the Moors (Muslims) began by on the mountain of Covadonga. Our Lady appeared in a cave there and animated them to battle, thus bringing about victory and the establishment of Christianity in the new Spain. Here, we can see that the Virgin intervened in the mission of the Church and in the expansion of the kingdom.

Guadalupe: In 1531, when the evangelization of the Indians seemed almost impossible for the Spanish missionaries, the Virgin Mary appeared as a mediator of unity between them, utilizing, as a mother, all that would touch the heart of the Indians as well as support the spiritual authority of the missionaries and the bishop.  She made possible the evangelization of eight million Indians.

Saint Dominic:  She obtained the conversion of the heretical Albigensians by means of the Holy Rosary which was given as a sure remedy against heresy.

Lepanto:  In the 16th century, the Muslims were invading Europe and imposing their religion by force, thus destroying Christianity.  They threatened to invade Rome, and Pope Pius V called upon Catholics to defend the faith.  An army was formed and they set out after their enemy.  On the 7th of October of 1572, the two armies faced each other in the Gulf of Lepanto.  Between them, they had more than 400 ships and 80,000 soldiers.  The Christians, however, were outnumbered.  Before beginning the battle, they confessed, had Mass and prayed the Rosary, singing to the Blessed Mother.  At the beginning, the battle was unfavorable for the Christians as the winds were blowing in the opposite direction, which kept their ships still.  Then the Pope, with a great multitude of people, began to walk the streets of Rome praying the Rosary.  In a miraculous manner, the wind changed its course and the sails of the ships took form and propelled the ships forward against their enemies, achieving victory.  For this reason, the date of Oct. 7 is celebrated as the day of the Rosary.

Napoleon: We know that through the intervention of Mary Help of Christians, Pope Pius VII, who was arrested by Napoleon, returned to Rome on the 24th of May, 1814. As well, through her intercession, the army of Napoleon was defeated, and he was imprisoned for life.

Fatima: The Blessed Virgin Mary asked for the consecration of Russia in order to avoid the propagation of its errors.  She came with the desire to intervene in the dangerous future that hung over the world and gave the necessary remedies: penance, the rosary and consecration to Her Immaculate Heart.

Hiroshima and Japan in the Second World War: On the 6th of August, 1945, a group of Jesuit priests were praying the rosary at the moment in which the bomb was set off.  They suffered no harm whatsoever.  Furthermore, the signing of peace with Japan at the end of World War II was on the 15th of August, 1945.  Six years later, on Sept. 8, 1951, a more formal treaty was signed.

Austria:  70,000 people committed themselves to pray the rosary for 7 years.  On the 13th of May in 1955, the Soviets were forced to leave the country.

Brazil: In 1962, the Communists took power. Therefore, a rosary and procession was organized in which 600,000 women went through the streets praying the Rosary. Twenty-one days later communism was thrown out of the country.

Philippines: In 1986 they celebrated a local Marian year.  There was a great confrontation between the army and the people, who were in danger of being killed.  A beautiful woman appeared, described by the guards as a religious, who told them, “Why do you want to kill my children?”  The guards put down their weapons and liberation came to the Philippines.  Cardinal Sin openly declared that this victory was the work of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Fruits of Consecration: After the consecration of the world in 1984 and the Marian year of 1987, Europe experienced the peaceful fall of communism.  The Holy Father said in his encyclical Redemptoris Mater that the Marian year was an anticipation of the jubilee, and that the fruits of it would be expressed fully in the year 2000 (no.3).

Holy Father John Paul II:  His assassination attempt was on the 13th of May, 1981 – the feast of Our Lady of Fatima.  The Holy Father publicly proclaimed that his life was protected directly by the intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary and that the messages of Fatima, at the end of the century, seemed to have been fulfilled.

Other Various Occurrences:

  • The signing in Washington of a treaty regulating the use of short range nuclear weapons was on Dec. 8, 1987.

  • On January 1, 1990, the Berlin wall came down.

  • On August 22, 1991, the communist party in Russia fell apart, and the Soviet Union was dissolved.  A new nation was created on Dec. 8, 1991.

Sadly, these interventions of our Mother in the happenings of the world are not appreciated nor often even recognized; rather they are seen simply as the result of human efforts.


“I desire greatly that a church be erected here for me in order to manifest and bring forth in it all of my love, compassion, support and defense.  I am your most loving Mother – yours, all those who inhabit this land, and all others who are devoted to me and who invoke and confide in me” (Our Lady of Guadalupe to St. Juan Diego).

In Guadalupe, The Blessed Virgin Mary clearly affirmed that She is our Mother.  With a universal maternity, she made known the maternal inclinations of Her Heart: to love, to be compassionate, to help defend and to have mercy.  She asked for the construction of a church, not to exhibit Herself, but to listen to the cry of Her children there and to give a remedy to all their miseries, pains and sufferings.  In her sanctuaries – not exclusively, but in a special way – she brings about Her mission as Mother in favor of all men.  Her sanctuaries are new Canas.

During the fourth apparition of the Virgin in Mexico, She opened Her whole Heart to Juan Diego and spoke to him with expressions full of maternal affection: “Listen and understand, my son, the smallest one, that there is nothing that should cause you to fear.  Do not let your heart be troubled.  Am I not here who am your Mother?  Are you not under my shadow?  Am I not your fountain of life?  Are you not, in fact, within the embrace of my arms?  Do not let anything afflict you.”

Under Her mantel and shadow, She protects us from the sun or the rain.

She is our fountain of life, our Mother in the order of grace, who contributes to our supernatural life. She is “our life, our sweetness and our hope.”

She holds us within her embrace; in the fold of Her mantel, we are guarded, clothed and protected.

Is not, in fact, the history of the Church in Latin America full of the Maternal presence of the Blessed Virgin?  Are not the advocations with which we venerate Mary in our countries the fruit of the intervention of Mary in the lives of the people?

America is the continent of Mary, the continent that has known up close the spiritual maternity of Mary.  Let us never renounce so great an election.  We have been called the “Continent of Hope” by John Paul II (Homily, Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mexico City, January 23, 1999).   Could it be because in the center of our spiritual lives, our culture, and our Church is the Blessed Virgin Mary?  Situated in the very center of our salvation history, we find that “enmity” of the struggle that has accompanied the history of humanity on earth.  In this history, Mary continues to be a sign of future hope (RM, 11). 

“May the maternal intercession of Mary, the Mother of the Redeemer and of love, be the star that guides with certainty the steps that Christians take in their encounter with the Lord” (cf. Tertio Millennio Adveniente, no.59).


We ought to have recourse to Her and to invoke Her in all our necessities, both spiritual and material, completely certain that we will always be received, heard, and that She will obtain for us the necessary grace in full accordance with the will of the Son. 

She knows what we need because She sees us in God.  From the glory of Heaven She lives to intercede for Her children.

She can give us Her help.  With a single plea to God, she makes possible His action within humanity.

Finally, She wants to help us because She loves us and because She is our Mother.

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