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Pope Francis institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of Church

May is traditionally dedicated in a special way to honoring Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church. May is also dedicated to recognizing moms, grandmothers, stepmoms, mothers-to-be and all women who in and through their lives encompass the qualities of motherhood. (Mother's Day Prayer)
As the Mother of God, the Virgin Mary has a unique position among the saints, indeed, among all creatures. She is exalted, yet still one of us. Why does Mary have such a prominent place in the communion of saints?
As Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI reflected, Mary is the person who more than anyone else contemplated God in Jesus' human face, and she can teach us how to gaze upon him. Pope Benedict said, " Mary’s heart was carried the mystery of the face of Christ, a mystery of death and of glory. From her we can always learn how to look upon Jesus with a gaze of love and of faith, to recognize in that human countenance, the Countenance of God."
When your heart is anxious, turn to Mary and say, "Mary, put my heart at peace." When your mind is too busy, look to Mary and pray, "Mary, settle down my mind." When you want to grow and deepen your life, look to Mary and beg, "Mary, just as you helped Jesus grow in wisdom and grace, help me also to advance on the spiritual path which God has laid out for me." (from the book Images of Mary). 


Pope Francis at Mass: The Church, like Mary, is woman and mother (Vatican News, May 21, 2018)
Pope institutes new celebration of Mary, Mother of Church - Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, added to the Roman Calendar on the Monday following Pentecost Sunday. (Vatican News, March 3, 2018) 

 Why do Catholics pray to Mary? Father Matt Barnum explains.



Pope on New Year's Day: Devotion to Mary is a must (CNA)
The Marian devotion of May Crowning (Q&A with The Arlington Catholic Herald)