“Mondays with Mary” – Mary: The Model of Prayer

On March 14 of this year, Pope Benedict XVI gave a General Audience in St. Peter’s Square on the importance Mary as our model of prayer. She prays at the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel comes to her, she prays with the Apostles in the Upper Room waiting for Pentecost and she continues to pray for the Church today. Mary is the Mother of the Church who is always looking out for her children. In a time when we need her most, we must pray to her for her constant intercession in our lives. Prayer is our first and foremost way we speak to God. Let us speak to him and always remember that Mary, Our Mother, listens to our prayers to her and brings them to Jesus.

In our continuing catechesis on Christian prayer, we now begin a new chapter on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles and the Letters of Saint Paul. Today I wish to speak of the figure of Mary, who with the Apostles in the Upper Room prayerfully awaits the gift of the Holy Spirit. In all the events of her life, from the Annunciation through the Cross to Pentecost, Mary is presented by Saint Luke as a woman of recollected prayer and meditation on the mystery of God’s saving plan in Christ. In the Upper Room, we see Mary’s privileged place in the Church, of which she is the “exemplar and outstanding model in faith and charity” (Lumen Gentium, 53). As Mother of God and Mother of the Church, Mary prays in and with the Church at every decisive moment of salvation history. Let us entrust to her every moment of our own lives, and let her teach us the need for prayer, so that in loving union with her Son we may implore the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the spread of the Gospel to all the ends of the earth.”  – Pope Benedict XVI

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