During the Passion of the Lord, Mary was perhaps no longer young, but she continued in her attitude of hope and support:
45. Without yielding to evasions or illusions, “she accompanied the suffering of her Son; she supported him by her gaze and protected him with her heart. She shared his suffering, yet was not overwhelmed by it. She was the woman of strength who uttered her ‘yes’, who supports and accompanies, protects and embraces. She is the great guardian of hope… From her, we learn how to say ‘yes’ to the stubborn endurance and creativity of those who, undaunted, are ever ready to start over again”.[Prayer at the Conclusion of the Way of the Cross, XXXIV World Youth Day in Panama (25 January 2019): L’Osservatore Romano, 27 January 2019, 12]
Do we recognize Mary’s willingness to accompany us when we are resolved to start over again? Thoughts on that?
For reference in full, Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation is on this link at the Vatican site.
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