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1 M ARY ’ S F AITH “Let us turn in prayer to Mary, Mother of the Church and Mother of our faith.” (Lumen Fidei #60)

2 Q UICK R EVIEW : J ESUS P RAYING THE P SALMS The Seven Last Words of Jesus “ Father, forgive them, they know not what they do”. (Lk 23:34) “Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Lk 23:43) “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” (Jn 19:26-27)

3 Q UICK R EVIEW “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mt 27:46 and Mk 15:34) Psalm 22 “I thirst.” (Jn 19:28) “It is finished” (Jn 19:30) “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit” (Lk 23:46) Psalm 31

4 A PPEARANCES AND M IRACLES Our Lady of Guadalupe On the morning of December 9, 1531, Juan Diego saw an apparition of a young girl at the Hill of Tepeyac, near Mexico City. The girl asked that a church be built at that site in her honor; Juan Diego recognized the girl as the Virgin Mary.

5 A PPEARANCES AND M IRACLES Our Lady of Lourdes The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Bernadette Soubirous in 1858 eighteen times at a grotto in Lourdes, France. Mary told Bernadette that she was the "Immaculate Conception". The doctrine was dogmatically defined until December 8,1854.

6 A PPEARANCES AND M IRACLES Our Lady of Fatima For six consecutive months beginning on May 13, 1917 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children at Fátima, Portugal. The three children were Lúcia Santos and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto. Mary identified herself as the “Lady of the Rosary”.

7 M ARY IN THE D OGMA OF THE C HURCH Theotokos: "Birthgiver of God”. The statement is embedded in texts defining the person and natures of Jesus Christ. Council of Ephesus in 431.

8 M ARY IN THE D OGMA OF THE C HURCH The Immaculate Conception "that the most Blessed Virgin Mary, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege from Almighty God and in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, was kept free of every stain of original sin.“ Pope Pius IX in his Apostolic Constitution "Ineffabilis Deus" (December 8, 1854).

9 M ARY IN THE D OGMA OF THE C HURCH The Assumption "Mary, Immaculate Mother of God ever Virgin, after finishing the course of her life on earth, was taken up in body and soul to heavenly glory." Pope Pius XII on November 1, 1950 on his Encyclical “Munificentissimus Deus”.

10 M ARY IN THE B IBLE The Anunciation Mary said, "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.“ Luke 1:38

11 M ARY IN THE B IBLE The Visitation When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Luke 1: 41-42

12 M ARY IN THE B IBLE The Magnificat And Mary said: "My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; 47 my spirit rejoices in God my savior. 48 For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. 49 The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. Luke 1:

13 M ARY IN THE B IBLE Christmas - Luke 2: 6: While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. 19: And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.

14 M ARY IN THE B IBLE The Presentation Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed." Luke 2:34-35

15 M ARY IN THE B IBLE The Finding in the Temple His mother said to him, "Son, why have you done this to us? Your father and I have been looking for you with great anxiety.” And he said to them, "Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father's house?" But they did not understand what he said to them. Luke 2:48-50

16 M ARY IN THE B IBLE The Finding in the Temple He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them; and his mother kept all these things in her heart. Luke 2:51-52

17 M ARY IN THE B IBLE The First Sign at Cana John 2: 3 When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine." 4 (And) Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come.“ 5 His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." 11 Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee his glory...

18 M ARY IN THE B IBLE Behold your mother Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. 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.“ Jn 19:

19 M ARY IN THE B IBLE Praying with the Apostles When they entered the city they went to the upper room where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these devoted themselves with one accord to prayer, together with some women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers. Acts 1:

20 M ARY IN THE B IBLE A Woman Clothed with the sun A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.

21 M ARY IN THE B IBLE A Woman Clothed with the sun Then... the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to devour her child when she gave birth. She gave birth to a son, a male child, destined to rule all the nations with an iron rod. Her child was caught up to God and his throne. The woman herself fled into the desert where she had a place prepared by God... Rev

22 P OPE F RANCIS ’ P RAYER Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize his voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in his footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive his promise. Help us to be touched by his love, that we may touch him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature.

23 P OPE F RANCIS ’ P RAYER Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One. Remind us that those who believe are never alone. Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that he may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ himself, your Son, our Lord! Amen!


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