Joint Resolution by the Delegates
of the XII International Mariological Congress and the XIX International
Feast of the Blessed Virgin of Jasna Gora, 1996
- Whereas, His holiness, Pope John Paul II enjoins
everyone to prepare for and celebrate the great jubilee of our redemption
which promises to be a "new springtime in the life of our Church";
- Whereas, it is right and fitting that this Advent of
the Third Millennium be animated by the spirit of Mary to whom the Holy
Father has entrusted this preparation, as it is through her that the
Incarnation was accomplished,
- We, delegates of the International Marian Congress,
representing various Marian Apostolates of the One, Holy, Catholic and
Apostolic Church, coming from countries in all the continents of the
world; committing ourselves with all our strength to answer the call of
the Holy Father as we renew with him our "hope in the definitive coming
of the Kingdom of God";
- Hereby solemnly resolve:
to imbibe the spirit of Tertio Millennio Adveniente by working
for the attainment of its primary objective:
"the strengthening of faith and of the witness of Christians," with the
Blessed Virgin Mary as our model and guide;
to promote and implement the following program as our common agenda for
the Advent of the Third Millennium with Mary:
In this year dedicated to our Lord Jesus Christ, we
shall endeavor to become his authentic disciples, as "communicators of
Faith," in a society that seems resigned to incredulity.
We shall strive for union with Jesus through Mary, union with his heart
in union with her maternal love. Mary - model of faith - in her womb the
Word became flesh.
In this year we turn our gaze to the Holy Spirit,
sent by Jesus to renew the face of the earth. With the Spirit as "primary
agent" of evangelization, we shall endeavor to become "communicators of
hope" in a world that is frequently tempted to despair.
The Holy Spirit, with Mary, forms Jesus in us. We shall strive for this
union of the Holy Spirit and Mary in our souls so that they can reproduce
Jesus in each one of us. Mary - woman of hope - docile to the voice of
In this year of God the Father, we shall more
intensely pray "May your kingdom come! May your will be done!" We shall
endeavor to become "communicators of love" in the midst of much suffering
and unbridled egoism.
We shall strive to be like Mary, faithful daughter
of the Father, giving witness to the transforming work of justice and
Mary - handmaid of the Lord - revealing to us that
God is Love.
- Together with the Holy Father, we entrust ourselves
to Mary, the Mother of Fairest Love. She will be for us the Star which
safely guides our steps to the Lord.
- During this Advent of years, 1997 to 1999, we shall
strive to encourage the consecration of individuals and families,
parishes and dioceses in every nation to the
SACRED HEART OF JESUS
The Incarnate Word
together with the
IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
through whom he became incarnate,
Signed 26 August, the Feast of the Blessed Virgin of Jasna
Gora, 1996, in Czestochowa, Poland.
- so that all men and women of the new millennium
shall be led towards the One who is "the true light that enlightens every
man." And all people may be united in love and peace.
- To this solemn pledge, we, the delegates of the
International Marian Congress affix our signatures and with filial love,
we present this pledge to our Holy Father, his holiness, Pope John Paul
II, and to all the Episcopal Conferences, all Marian Shrines,
Organizations and Communities for their guidance and
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