Missionaries follow Mary’s model of faith & love to serve those in need
In this year of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s appearances to the children at Fatima, each of us has been asked to renew our dedication and prayer to our Blessed Mother. Devotion to the Blessed Mother is deep and strong in many Mission lands as they recognize Mary as the Queen of Missions.
Our Blessed Mother was incredibly perceptive and paid close attention to Jesus’ every word and action. The subtleties of His teaching were not lost on her; she progressively came to realize the unfolding mystery of her own unique “calling.” As the Mission of her Son grew clearer to her eyes and spirit, Mary understood her “part,” beside her Son.
If she had not said from the very beginning, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,” Luke 1:38 her understanding and strength of acceptance of the truth may not have been made possible. Through faith Mary continued to hear and to ponder that Word . . . thus in a sense Mary as Mother became the first “disciple” – the first Missionary of her Son. She became the first to whom Jesus said, “Follow me!”
Mary’s faith and example are a model for Missionaries throughout the world. She not only shows the need for prayer, as she consistently “ponders” what she is seeing and experiencing throughout the life of her beloved Son, Jesus, but also reaches outside herself and serves. Mary was the first Missionary when she visited her cousin Elizabeth. Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI explained this during his papacy:
In the Virgin Mary who goes to visit her relative Elizabeth, we recognize the true meaning and the way of the Church herself. The Church is Missionary by nature, called to proclaim the Gospel everywhere and always. Mary’s is a true Missionary journey . . . one that leads her far from home, leading her into the world, in places foreign to her daily activities; it makes her reach, in a sense, to the very ends of where she can reach. Agenzia Fides, May, 2010
You can follow the model of Our Blessed Mother in two ways: Pray for Mary’s intercession to provide those who are called to a Missionary vocation. Ask her to give them the strength say “Yes” to Jesus’ request to “Follow me!” to the ends of the earth
Here are examples of how your support helps Missionaries who respond to Jesus’ call and follow Mary’s model of faith and love to serve those in need throughout the world.
Excerpts; St. John Paul II on Mary by Reverend Michael Gaitley
Click HERE to view Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s Video on Our Lady of Fatima
This is an extraordinary talk given by Bishop Sheen on EWTN in the 1950’s. The topic is Our Lady of Fatima apparition, and other issues of the day. It contains a clip of the movie on Fatima at the end. This wonderful talk is relevant to us even close to 70 years later, especially in this year of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady’s appearances at Fatima.
Peace will come only when the hearts of the world have changed. To do this we must pray, and not for ourselves, but for the world. The world means everyone. Our enemies and our next door neighbors. Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen