On June 10, 2004 John Paul II announced “a special Year of the Eucharist." It began with the World Eucharistic Congress, which took place from 10 to 17 October 2004 in Guadalajara, Mexico, and will end with the next Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, that will be held in the Vatican from 2 to 29 October 2005." Resonating with the Holy Father’s appeal that by “looking at Mary, we will understand better the transforming power that the Eucharist possesses. Listening to her, we will find in the eucharistic mystery the courage and energy to follow Christ, the Good Shepherd, and to serve him in the brethren.” The Mary Page introduces a new feature highlighting the intimate relationship of the Blessed Virgin Mary to the Eucharist.
In the weeks and months to come we will be offering to our readers John Paul II's thoughts about Mary and the Eucharist as it is expressed in his recent encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (4/17/2003), especially in chapter 6: At the School of Mary, "Woman of the Eucharist" (art. 53-58).
In repeating what Christ did at the Last Supper in obedience to his command: “Do this in memory of me!”, we also accept Mary's invitation to obey him without hesitation: “Do whatever he tells you” (Jn 2:5).
With the same maternal concern which she showed at the wedding feast of Cana, Mary seems to say to us: “Do not waver; trust in the words of my Son. If he was able to change water into wine, he can also turn bread and wine into his body and blood, and through this mystery bestow on believers the living memorial of his passover, thus becoming the 'bread of life'.” (Ecclesia de Eucharistia 54)
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