Desiderio Desideravi 58: Under the Gaze of Mary

One thing the last three popes had in common was a devotion to and regard for the Blessed Virgin. Some would attach her to the Church’s life of popular piety. Pope Francis would no doubt accept that. But he also places her at the dawn of the Christian Eucharist. With the women of the early community of disciples:

58. When the first community broke bread in obedience to the Lord’s command, it did so under the gaze of Mary who accompanied the first steps of the Church: “these all continued with one accord in prayer with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus.” (Acts 1:14)

An important image of Mary for the liturgist, not just the priest:

The Virgin Mother “watches over” the gestures of her Son confided to the Apostles. As she protected the Word made flesh in her womb after receiving the words of the angel Gabriel, she protects once again in the womb of the Church those gestures that form the body of her Son. The priest, who repeats those gestures in virtue of the gift received in the sacrament of Holy Orders, is himself protected in the womb of the Virgin. Do we really need a rule here to tell us how we ought to act?

Um, that would be a no.

The full document, copyright © Dicastero per la Comunicazione – Libreria Editrice Vaticana is here on the Vatican site.

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