Mary, queen of heaven, watches over her children, pope says at audience
Marking the feast of the Queenship of Mary Aug. 22 at his weekly general audience, the pope said just as Jesus’ kingship had nothing to do with earthly power — in fact, Christians recognize him as king when he’s on the cross — so Mary’s queenship is exercised through obedience to God and helping those who turn to her.
Holding his audience in the courtyard of the papal summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, the pope told the crowd that the feast of Mary’s queenship was added to the liturgical calendar only in 1954, but it was the result of centuries of devotion to Mary as queen of heaven and of the universe.
Mary’s queenship is a “consequence of her being united with her son, her being in heaven, in communion with God,” the pope said.
From heaven, she participates in God’s love for the world, the pope said. She “watches over us, her children; children who turn to her in prayer to thank her or to ask for her maternal protection and her heavenly assistance, perhaps after losing the way, oppressed by suffering or anguish,” the pope said.
“Devotion to Mary is an important element of the spiritual life,” the pope said. “Gazing upon her, let us imitate her faith, her full openness to God’s plan of love, her generous welcoming of Jesus. Let us learn to live from Mary.” [more]