Aparecida 269: Mary The Missionary

It’s not a title to be found in the great litanies of popular piety. But if we consider her post-Resurrection experiences, as well as our experiences of her all across a wide planet, Mary is certainly a missionary. She also inspires us to undertake our own missionary journeys–if not to physical shrines, then to deeper encounters with Christ as our mobility in the universe may take us.

269. Mary is the great missionary, continuer of her Son’s mission, who forms missionaries. As she gave birth to the Savior of the world, she brought the Gospel to our Americas. In the Guadalupe event, together with the humble Juan Diego, she presided over Pentecost, which opened us to the gifts of the Spirit. Since then, countless communities have found in her the closest inspiration for learning how to be disciples and missionaries of Jesus. We joyfully note that she has become part of the journey of each of our peoples, deeply entering into the fabric of their history and taking on the noblest and most significant features of the people in them. The various devotions and shrines spread all over the continent attest to Mary’s closeness to the people, and they likewise manifest the faith and trust that her devotees feel toward her. She belongs to them and they experience her as mother and sister.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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