This does not give us an anaesthetic from our pain or a type of cocky remoteness from tribulations of the world- but it does unite us in hopeful solidarity while “in exile” with the Christ-focussed and grace-filled strength and love of the faithful Mother of the Covenant, Mary of Nazareth.
“Full of grace” it is Mary who models for us the sanctified Christian and the sanctified Church, created and called to holiness and fruitfulness in Christ. Mary emerges as the mother of that body of which she is also spiritually a daughter.
We pray she’ll make us more like her, beautiful and colourful artworks, worldly and other-worldly, different yet like her in our openness to God, our active service of others, our pondering of what’s good, our fidelity to the end.
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