When Pope Bendict calls on Mary…

Many of the public addresses made by Pope Benedict XVl conclude by invoking the help and blessing of Our Lady, Mother of the Church – and very beautiful they are, too. They often seem to echo Our Lady’s call from Medjugorje.

• Thanks to the commitment of every believer, the spiritual network of prayer and support for evangelization is being extended throughout the Church. May the Virgin Mary who accompanied with motherly solicitude the development of the newborn Church, also guide our footsteps in our time and obtain for us a new Pentecost of love. May she especially make us all aware of being missionaries, that is, those who have been sent out by the Lord to be his witnesses at every moment of our life. (Papal Message given on June 22 for World Mission Sunday to be celebrated on October 21.)
Dear children, today I invite you to become missionaries of my messages, which I am giving here through this place which is dear to me. God has allowed me to stay this long with you, and therefore, little children, I invite you to live with love the messages I give and to transmit them to the whole world, so that a river of love flows to people who are full of hatred without peace. I invite you little children, to become peace where there is no peace and light where there is darkness, so that each heart accepts the light and the way of salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call. February 25, 1995

• May St. Francis, man of peace, obtain for us from the Lord, the grace of an increasing number of people who will agree to become “instruments of peace” through thousands of small gestures in their daily lives. May those who are in positions of power be motivated by a passionate love for peace, an indomitable will to obtain it, and may they choose the adequate means to reach it. May the Holy Virgin, who the “little brother” loved with such a tender heart and to whom he sang with such inspiration, help us to discover the secret of peace in the miracle of love that took place in her womb with the incarnation of the Son of God. (speaking at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, June 17, 2007)
Dear children, today I rejoice with you and I invite you to open yourselves to me, and become an instrument in my hands, for the salvation of the world. I desire, little children, that all of you who have felt the fragrance of holiness, through these messages which I am giving you, to carry it in the world, hungry for God and God’s love. I thank you all for having responded in such a number and I bless you all with my Motherly Blessing. Thank you for having responded to my call. March 25, 1994

• May the Virgin Mary, Eucharistic Woman, lead us into the secret of true adoration. Her heart, humble and silent, was always recollected around the mystery of Jesus, in whom she worshipped the presence of God and his redemptive love. By her intercession may there grow faith in the Eucharistic mystery, the joy of participating at holy Mass, especially on Sunday, and the desire to bear witness to the immense charity of Christ. (address on Eucharistic Adoration, June 10 2007)
Dear children, Today, I invite you to fall in love with the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Adore Him, little children, in you parishes and in this way you will be united with the entire world. Jesus will become your friend and you will not talk of Him like someone whom you barely know. Unity with Him will be a joy for you and you will become witnesses to the love of Jesus that He has for every creature. Little children, when you adore Jesus you are also close to me. Thank you for having responded to my call. September 25, 1995

• Dear brothers and sisters, the first Pentecost took place when Mary Most Holy was present amid the disciples in the Upper Room in Jerusalem and prayed. Today, too, let us entrust ourselves to her maternal intercession, so that the Holy Spirit may descend in abundance upon the Church in our day, fill the hearts of all the faithful and enkindle in them the fire of his love. (address on the Solemnity of Pentecost, May 27, 2007)
Dear children, tonight I wish to tell you during the days of this novena to pray for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on your families and on your parish. Pray, and you shall not regret it. God will give you gifts by which you will glorify Him till the end of your life on this earth. Thank you for having responded to my call. June 2, 1984

• source for Pope Benedict quotes: zenit.com
• source for Our Lady‘s messages: Shrine of the Queen of Peace


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