Mary, Mother of the Church

Mary, Mother of the Church — Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Mediatrix of all graces

During the month of May we honor our Blessed Lady as our loving Mother of the Church. By instituting the memorial of Mary, Mother of the Church on the Monday after Pentecost, Pope Francis has shown us by means of the Liturgy the profound union that exists between Our Lady and the Holy Spirit. As we pray the nine-day Novena to the Holy Spirit in the final days before Pentecost, Mary accompanies the Church in prayer and watches over us with her maternal care just as she did at the beginning of the Church with the Apostles in the Upper Room. …

Mary, Mother of the Church and the Holy Mass

In this time when our access to the Eucharist has been made so difficult, let us all the more unite with Mary, Mother of the Church. Her life in union with Jesus was a daily taking up of the cross in preparation for Calvary and an anticipation of Heaven. Mary is for us today, as at Cana, interceding with Our Lord, with her words, “They have no wine.”  The joy of Sunday worship has been somewhat muted for us and yet she teaches us to trust in Him through the Church, “Do whatever He tells you.”  

Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of the Eucharist

According to St. John Paul II, “Mary, throughout her life at Christ’s side and not only on Calvary, made her own the sacrificial dimension of the Eucharist. In her daily preparation for Calvary, Mary experienced a kind of ‘anticipated Eucharist’ — one might say a “Spiritual communion” — of desire and of oblation, which would culminate in her union with her Son in His Passion, and then find expression after Easter by her partaking in the Eucharist which the Apostles celebrated as the memorial of that Passion.” 

Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of Sorrows

On April 3, Pope Francis in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta gave a homily encouraging veneration of Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows. It is a devotion which helps us commemorate the sorrows of Mary in her life of union with Jesus. Pope Francis outlined, “The first, just 40 days after the birth of Jesus, is the prophecy of Simeon, who speaks of a sword that will pierce her heart.” [1] This mystery came as a joy to holy Simeon to whom “it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Christ of the Lord” (Lk 2:26).

Mary, Mother of the Church, the entire mystical Body of Christ

Our Lenten observance was punctuated with the Solemnity of the Annunciation on March 25. In this Joyful Mystery of the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Blessed Virgin Mary “in the fullness of time” we recall that this was the moment all creation was awaiting since the fall of Adam and Eve. 

The Church reminds us to celebrate the mystery of the Annunciation and Incarnation of the Lord in Mary’s Immaculate Heart and in her womb by the power of the Holy Spirit. …

Mary, Mother of the Church and mother of the domestic Church

According to the “Catechism,” “The family is the privileged setting where every person learns to give and receive love.” The family — based on the permanent union of one man and one woman in Marriage — is threatened by a culture of death that promotes isolation from God. It takes extraordinary effort for families to foster a “culture of life” against such pervasive threats, yet that is precisely its mission as St. …

Mary, Mother of the Church: Our identity as adopted children of God and Mary Immaculate

Editor’s note: This begins a nine-part series focusing on the unifying centrality of Mary as Mother of the Church, the entire mystical Body of Christ. 

In our American culture there is a growing emphasis on personal identity. With the increase of political, gender, social and other self-made identities, we as Catholics risk getting lost in the contemporary “identity crisis.” Lent is an opportune time to reclaim our fundamental identity as members of the mystical Body of Christ in the Catholic Church. 


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