an early age, Mary offered her unqualified “yes” as a response to God when the
Angel Gabriel visited her. Despite her fear, Mary remained strong and humble as
we are called to do.
Mary was devoted to her son, and people love her because she always leads us to her son, Jesus. She is our spiritual mother, a gift given to us by Our Lord.
At the crucifixion when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom He loved, He said to his mother, “Woman, behold your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold your mother.” (John 19:25-27).
Throughout history to today, the faithful turn to Mary as their spiritual Mother to intercede for them. She performs miraculous revelations including the miracle at Lourdes when she appeared to St. Bernadette in 1858, and her appearance as Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531.
St. Eugene De Mazenod, the founder of the Association to Oblates of Mary Immaculate, gave Mary a very special position, naming her the Patroness of the Congregation. As St. Eugene wrote, “Let us be devoted to her. We profess to go to her Son through her and we hope for everything through her intercession.”