By Garrett Johnson
Catholics are known for our devotion to Mary. For good reason, the Mother of God was full of both grace and wisdom. Did you know that Mary continues to speak to us today? We would like to share with you a collection of 10 messages from the Virgin Mary that we think every Catholic should know. Especially for those who are actively engaged in apostolic activity, a deep and personal relationship with Mary is an absolute must.
Let us never forget that Mary is considered to be the first disciple of Christ; she is therefore model, guide, and Mother to all those who wish to bring others to a new life in the Lord Jesus.
We invite you to take a moment to today to meditate on these words, to savour them, for they are full of mercy and love. Then take a moment and think of others that might benefit from hearing them, those who right now need in a special way some words of encouragement and consolation, and share these images with them so that they too might rejoice in their warmth.
A few words from Pope Francis:
Dear brothers and sisters! Jesus Christ is the blessing for every man and woman, and for all of humanity. The Church, in giving us Jesus, offers us the fullness of the Lord’s blessing. This is precisely the mission of the people of God: to spread to all peoples God’s blessing made flesh in Jesus Christ. And Mary, the first and most perfect disciple of Jesus, the first and most perfect believer, the model of the pilgrim Church, is the one who opens the way to the Church’s motherhood and constantly sustains her maternal mission to all mankind. Mary’s tactful maternal witness has accompanied the Church from the beginning. She, the Mother of God, is also the Mother of the Church, and through the Church, the mother of all men and women, and of every people.
Born in Texas, Garrett fell in love with evangelization when he was 18. A former NET member and a Franciscan University of Steubenville Alumnus, he is now living in Rome and studying for the priesthood.
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