General Audience: “Mary, Mother of Hope, appears as one of the many mothers of our world.” Pope Francis at the general audience today in Piazza San Pietro continued his reflections on Christian Hope

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On the eve of his Apostolic visit to Fatima, Pope Francis on Wednesday, described Mary as the Mother of Hope adding that she was a woman of courage, perseverance and obedience.

Speaking to the thousands of pilgrims and tourists in St Peter’s Square, the Pope said that,  “Our Lady’s experience of motherhood models that of so many mothers in our world.” Mothers who have had to confront the suffering of their children.

He went on to say that she courageously accepted her vocation and welcomed the new life entrusted to her.  The Holy Father also noted how despite the trials in her life, she remained always obedient to God.

Mary, Pope Francis commented, is with her son until the very end. Her image, he said “standing at the foot of the cross and grieving the death of her innocent Son has inspired artists of every age to present her as a model of persevering hope in God’s promises.”

The hope that Our Lady had, underlined the Pope, was the fruit of a life of prayer and daily effort to be conformed to God’s will, and was fulfilled in Jesus’ rising to new life.  We are not orphans, Pope Francis added, “we have a Mother in heaven who is the Holy Mother of God.”

Below, please find the official English-language summary of the Holy Father’s prepared remarks…

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our continuing catechesis on Christian hope, we now turn to Mary, Mother of Hope.  Our Lady’s experience of motherhood models that of so many mothers in our world.  Hers is a witness of courage in accepting her vocation and welcoming the new life entrusted to her.  It is also a witness of quiet yet trusting obedience to God’s will amid the trials of life.  The Gospels speak of a certain “eclipse” of Mary during the public ministry of Jesus.  She follows her Son in silence, yet in his passion, when most of the disciples flee, she remains with him to the very end.  The image of Mary standing at the foot of the cross and grieving the death of her innocent Son has inspired artists of every age to present her as a model of persevering hope in God’s promises.  That hope was the fruit of a life of prayer and daily effort to be conformed to God’s will, and was fulfilled in Jesus’ rising to new life.  As Mother of Hope, may Our Lady remain at our side, sustain us by her prayers and guide our steps as we seek to follow her Son every day of our lives.

Source: Vatican Radio

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