Mary is model of mature Christian faith, pope tells Marian scholars
People can look to Mary as an example of living according to God’s will with confidence and joy, he said Sept. 8, the Feast of the Nativity of Mary.
The pope said he put the upcoming Year of Faith under Mary’s protection because she is “an exemplary model of the faith” and is “blessed because she believed.”
He voiced hope that the year, which begins Oct. 11, would be “a true moment of grace in which Mary’s faith precedes us and accompanies us as a bright beacon and as a model of fullness and Christian maturity.”
The pope asked that people continue to trust in Mary as they draw from her “enthusiasm and joy to live our vocation as children of God with ever greater commitment and consistency.”
The pope made his remarks to about 350 participants in the Sept. 4-9 Mariological Marian International Congress, sponsored by the Pontifical Marian International Academy. [more]