Mar. 4 - On Preparing for the Passion:
"We all have need of interior light to overcome life's
trials" – Translated conclusion of the Angelus
address (Mar. 5, 2012, Zenit.org).
…Let us ask the Virgin Mary, our guide in the journey
of faith, to help us to live this experience in the time
of Lent, finding every day some moment for silent prayer
and for listening to the Word of God.
Mar. 4 - Benedict XVI's Homily from Visit to Roman Parish:
"We are in the heart of God; this is our great confidence"
– Translated conclusion (Mar, 5, 2012, Zenit.org).
… Let us entrust our Lenten journey and that of
the whole Church to the Virgin Mary. May she who followed
her Son Jesus to the cross, help us to be faithful disciples
of Christ, mature Christians, to be able to participate
together with her in the fullness of Easter joy.
Mar. 7 - On the Silence of Jesus: An
Attentive, Silent, Open Heart Is More Important Than Many
Words – translated extract of the General Audience
(Mar. 7, 2012, Zenit.org).
…Faced with this silence of the cross, St. Maximus
the Confessor places upon the lips of the Mother of God
this touching phrase: "Wordless is the Word of the
Father, who made every creature which speaks; lifeless are
the eyes of the one at whose word and whose nod all living
things move". (The Life of Mary, no. 89: Marian texts
of the first millennium, 2, Rome 1989, p. 253)...
…in the already mentioned Exhortation Verbum Domini,
I recalled .. “… Only in silence can the word
of God find a home in us, as it did in Mary, woman of the
word and, inseparably, woman of silence” (n. 21).
(Greetings to the Synod of the Armenian Catholic Church)
… I entrust the Armenian Synod to the maternal intercession
of the most holy Mother of God…
Mar. 9 - Benedict XVI's Address to
US Bishops: "There is an urgent need for the entire
Christian community to recover an appreciation of the virtue
of chastity" – Conclusion (Mar. 9, 2012, Zenit.org).
…I now commend you and your brother Bishops, with
the flock entrusted to your pastoral care, to the loving
intercession of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.
Mar. 11 – Violence Is Contrary
to the Kingdom of God – Translated conclusion of the
Angelus address (Mar. 11, 2012, VIS.)
"The Holy Spirit began to build this temple in the
Virgin's womb. Through her intercession let us pray that
each Christian may become a living stone in this spiritual
Mar. 9 – Papal Address on Sacrament
of Confession: "The new evangelization, thus, also
begins in the confessional!" - Translated conclusion
(Mar. 12, 2012, Zenit.org).
…May Mary, Mother of Mercy, Refuge of us sinners
and Star of the new evangelization accompany your journey….
Mar. 14 – On the Praying Presence
of Mary: "Mary prays in and with the Church at every
decisive moment of salvation history" – Translated
extracts of the General audience (Mar. 14, 2012, Zenit.org).
. ..In both of these books [St. Luke’s Gospel and
the Acts of the Apostles], one of the recurring elements
is prayer, from that of Jesus to that of Mary, the disciples,
the women and the Christian community...
Within this context of expectancy -- between the Ascension and Pentecost -- St. Luke mentions for the last time Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and His brethren (verse 14). He had dedicated the beginning of his Gospel to Mary, from the announcement of the Angel to the birth and infancy of the Son of God made man. With Mary the earthly life of Jesus begins, and with Mary the Church's first steps are also taken; in both instances, the atmosphere is one of listening to God and of recollection. Today, therefore, I would like to consider this praying presence of the Virgin in the midst of the disciples who would become the first nascent Church.
To read the entire article visit: On the Praying Presence of Mary
Mar. 15 - Papal Message for Palm Sunday
World Youth Day 2012: "Joy is at the heart of Christian
experience" – Extracts (Mar. 27, 2012, Zenit.org).
…When the Archangel Gabriel tells the Virgin Mary
that she is to be the mother of the Saviour, his first word
is “Rejoice!” (Lk 1:28) …
… May the Blessed Virgin Mary accompany you on this
journey. She welcomed the Lord within herself and proclaimed
this in a song of praise and joy, the Magnificat: “My
soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices
in God my Saviour” (Lk 1:46-47). Mary responded fully
to God’s love by devoting her life to him in humble
and complete service. She is invoked as “Cause of
our Joy” because she gave us Jesus. May she lead you
to that joy which no one will ever be able to take away
Mar. 18 – On Journeying with
Jesus Through the Desert – conclusion of translated
Angelus address (Mar. 19, 2012, Zenit.org).
…We entrust it [the apostolic voyage to Mexico and
Cuba] to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, so
loved and venerated in these two countries that I am preparing
Mar. 22 - Pope's Message to Prisoners
for Way of the Cross: "Three times Jesus got back up and
continued on the way to Calvary" – Translated
extract (Apr. 2, 2012, Zenit.org).
…And Mary is with us too, his and our mother. She
remains faithful, at the foot of our own cross also, and
she prays for our resurrection, that we might firmly believe
that, even in the blackest night, the light of God’s
love is the last word.…
Mar. 23 – Press Conference on
the Plane to Mexico: "We must try not to lose the heart,
but to link heart and reason" – Translated extract
of his last answer (Mar. 26, 2012, Zenit.org).
…Our Lady of Guadalupe is known and loved by all,
because they understand that she is a Mother for all and
has been present from the beginning in this new Latin America,
after the arrival of the Europeans. And also in Cuba we
have Our Lady of Cobre, who touches hearts and all know
intuitively that it is true, that this Our Lady helps us,
that she exists, that she loves and helps us.…
Mar. 23 –Benedict XVI's Speech
at Welcome Ceremony in Mexico: "I come as a pilgrim
of faith, of hope, and of love" – translated
extracts (Mar.23, 2012, Zenit.org).
…During these celebrations, as in the Mass in Saint
Peter’s Basilica in Rome on the Feast of Our Lady
of Guadalupe, Most Holy Mary was invoked fervently, she
who gently showed how the Lord loves all people and gave
himself for them without distinction. Our Heavenly Mother
has kept vigil over the faith of her children in the formation
of these nations and she continues to do so today as new
challenges present themselves.…
Mister President, my dear friends: in these days I will
pray to the Lord and to Our Lady of Guadalupe for all of
you so that you may be true to the faith which you have
received and to its best traditions. …
Mar. 24 - Pope's Address Saturday to
Children: "God wants us to be happy always" –
Translated conclusion from address in Guanajuato, Mexico
(Mar. 25, 2012, Zenit.org).
… May the Virgin accompany you.
Mar. 25 – Pontiff's Homily at
Open-air Mass: "For God to dwell in us, we need to
listen to Him; we must allow his Word to challenge us every
day" – Translated extracts from the Pope’s
Mass in Guanajuato, Mexico (Mar. 25, 2012, Zenit.org).
…This was how Our Lady of Guadalupe showed her divine
Son to Saint Juan Diego, not as a powerful legendary hero
but as the very God of the living, by whom all live, the
Creator of persons, of closeness and immediacy, of heaven
and earth (cf. Nican Mopohua, v.33). At that moment she
did what she had done previously at the wedding feast of
Cana. Faced with the embarrassment caused by the lack of
wine, she told the servants clearly that the path to follow
was her Son: "Do whatever he tells you" (Jn 2:5).…
Let us ask the Blessed Virgin Mary to assist us in purifying
our hearts, especially in view of the coming Easter celebrations,
that we may enter more deeply the salvific mystery of her
Son, as she made it known in this land. And let us also
ask her to continue accompanying and protecting her Mexican
and Latin American children, that Christ may reign in their
lives and help them boldly to promote peace, harmony, justice
Mar. 25 – On Our Lady of Guadalupe:
"True devotion to the Virgin Mary always takes us to
Jesus” – Translated extract of the Angelus address
in Guanajuato, Mexico (Mar. 25, 2012, Zenit.org).
…Today we invoke Mary Most Holy and we ask her:
"show Jesus to us".
As we now pray the Angelus and remember the Annunciation
of the Lord, our eyes too turn spiritually towards the hill
of Tepeyac, to the place where the Mother of God, under
the title of "the Ever-Virgin Mary, Our Lady of Guadalupe"
has been fervently honoured for centuries as a sign of reconciliation
and of God’s infinite goodness towards the world.
To read the entire article visit: On Our Lady of Guadalupe
Mar. 25 –Pontiff's Homily at
Vespers With Latin American Bishops: "The Church cannot
separate the praise of God from service to others"
– Translated beginning and conclusion from the homily
in Guanajuato, Mexico (Mar. 25, 2012, Zenit.org).
…It gives me great joy to be able to pray with all
of you in this Basilica-Cathedral of León, dedicated
to our Lady of Light. In the lovely painting venerated in
this basilica, the Blessed Virgin holds her Son in one hand
with immense tenderness while extending her other hand to
succour sinners. This is how the Church in every age sees
Mary. We praise her for giving us the Redeemer and we put
our trust in her as the Mother whom her divine Son bequeathed
to us from the Cross. For this reason, we invoke her frequently
as "our hope" because she has shown us Jesus and
passed down to us the great things which God constantly
does for humanity. She does so simply, as a mother teaches
her children at home.…
…May the Mother of God, invoked as Our Lady of Light,
dispel the darkness of our world and illumine our path,
so that we can confirm the faith of the people of Latin
America amid their struggles and aspirations, with integrity,
valour and firm faith in the One who can do all things and
loves all men and women to the fullest.
Mar. 26 - Pope's 'Adios' to Mexico:
"Remain with God! Yes, 'Adios!'" – Translated
extracts (Mar. 25, 2012, Zenit.org).
…Recognizing the faith in Jesus Christ which I have
felt resounding in your hearts, and your affectionate devotion
to his Mother, invoked here with beautiful titles like Our
Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Light, a light I have
seen reflected in your faces, I wish to reiterate clearly
and with vigour a plea to the Mexican people to remain faithful
to yourselves, not to let yourselves be intimidated by the
powers of evil, but to be valiant and to work to ensure
that the sap of your Christian roots may nourish your present
and your future.…
…May the Lord bless you and may Mary Most Holy protect
Mar. 26 – Pope's Address upon
Arrival in Cuba: "Many areas remain in which greater
progress can and ought to be made" – Translated
extracts from Santiago, Cuba (Mar. 27, 2012, Zenit.org).
… I am pleased to share your joy as you celebrate
the four hundredth anniversary of the discovery of the holy
statue of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. Since the beginning
she has been very much present in the personal lives of
Cubans as well as in the great events of the nation, especially
since independence, for she is honoured by all as the true
mother of the Cuban people. Devotion to the Virgen Mambisa
has sustained the faith and inspired the defence and promotion
of all that gives dignity to the human condition and its
fundamental rights, and continues to do so today with ever
greater strength, giving visible witness to the fruitfulness
of the preaching of the Gospel in these lands, and to the
profound Christian roots which shape the deepest identity
of the Cuban soul. Following in the footsteps of countless
pilgrims down the centuries, I too wish to go to El Cobre
to kneel at the feet of the Mother of God, to thank her
for her concern for all her Cuban children, and to ask her
to guide the future of this beloved nation in the ways of
justice, peace, freedom and reconciliation.…
… At the same time, I pray that, through the intercession
of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, he will grant to all
a future of hope, solidarity and harmony.
Mar. 26- Pope's Homily at Mass for
400th Anniversary of Our Lady of Charity: "When God
is put aside, the world becomes an inhospitable place for
man" – Translated extracts of the homily given
in Santiago, Cuba (Mar. 27, 2012, Zenit.org).
… This first Holy Mass which I have the joy of celebrating
during my pastoral visit to this country, takes place in
the context of the Marian Jubilee Year called to honour
and to venerate Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Patroness
of Cuba, in this fourth centenary of the discovery and presence
of her venerable statue in this blessed land. … I
was deeply touched to hear of the fervour with which Mary
has been welcomed and invoked by so many Cubans during her
journey to every corner of the island.
To read the entire article visit: Pope's Homily at Mass for
400th Anniversary of Our Lady of Charity
Mar. 27 - Pontiff's Visit to Our Lady
of Charity: "I have entrusted to the Mother of God
the future of your country" – Translated address
given at Santiago, Cuba (Mar. 27, 2012, Zenit.org).
… I have come as a pilgrim to the house of the blessed
statue of Our Lady of Charity, la Mambisa as you call upon
her with affection. Her presence in this town of El Cobre
is a gift from heaven for all Cubans.
… Let all those you meet know, whether near or far,
that I have entrusted to the Mother of God the future of
your country, advancing along the ways of renewal and hope,
for the greater good of all Cubans. I have also prayed to
the Virgin for the needs of those who suffer, of those who
are deprived of freedom, those who are separated from their
loved ones or who are undergoing times of difficulty. I
have placed in her Immaculate Heart your young people, that
they may be authentic friends of Christ and not succumb
to things which bring sadness in their wake. Before Mary
of Charity, I remember in a particular way Cubans who are
the descendents of those who arrived here from Africa, and
the nearby people of Haiti, who still suffer the consequences
of the earthquake of two years ago.…
… Following the example of the Most Holy Virgin,
I encourage all the sons and daughters of this dear country
to continue to build their lives on the firm rock which
is Jesus Christ, to work for justice, to be servants of
charity and to persevere in the midst of trials.…
Mar. 28 - Papal Homily at Havana Mass:
"Anyone who acts irrationally cannot become a disciple
of Jesus" – Translated extracts from homily given
in Havana, Cuba (Mar. 28, 2012, Zenit.org).
…I feel great joy in being here with you today to
celebrate Holy Mass during this Jubilee Year devoted to
Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.…
…Invoking the maternal protection of Mary Most Holy,
let us ask that each time we participate in the Eucharist
we will also become witnesses to that charity which responds
to evil with good (cf. Rom 12:51), offering ourselves as
a living sacrifice to the One who lovingly gave Himself
up for our sake.…
Mar. 28 - Pope's Farewell to Cuba:
"Cuba, look again to the faith of your elders"
– Translated extracts of address given in Havana,
Cuba (Mar. 28, 2012, Zenit.org).
…I too greatly have wished to come among you as
a pilgrim of charity, in order to thank the Virgin Mary
for the presence of her venerable statue of the Sanctuary
of El Cobre, whence for four centuries she has accompanied
the journey of the Church in this nation and given encouragement
to all Cubans so that, from the hand of Christ, they might
discover the true meaning of the desires and aspirations
found in the human heart and gain the strength needed to
build a fraternal society in which no one feels excluded.…
…As I bid you a heartfelt adios, I ask our Lady of
Charity of El Cobre to protect all Cubans under her mantle,
to sustain them in the midst of their trials and to obtain
from Almighty God the grace that they most desire. Hasta
siempre, Cuba, a land made beautiful by the maternal presence