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Significant Role

Background Music: Panalangin by Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Sr. Venus Marie S. Pegar, sfx
                      Sisters of St. Francis Xavier

May 20, Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church
Daily Readings: Genesis 3:9-15, 20; John 19:25-34

Today, we celebrate the commemoration of the Blessed Virgin  Mary, Mother of the Church.  Pope John Paul II defined the feast today in this way: “Mother of the Church '' thus reflects the deep conviction of the Christian faithful, who see in Mary not only the mother of the person of Christ but also the faithful. We rightfully proclaim her as the Mother of the Church, acknowledging her as the mother of salvation, life, and grace, the mother of the saved, and the mother of the living. (#5).

Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, stated in the decree instituting this memorial:

From the very start, Mary has had a great task. Mary, a simple woman, was chosen to be the Mother of God and entrusted to the Church in the person of Saint John the Apostle at the foot of the cross.

The outpouring of grace from Jesus' Sacred Heart conceived the Church from the Cross. Mother Mary became a very important figure in the church, as she was with the apostles during Pentecost when the Church was born.

Call to Action for Catholic Living: Each one of us has a significant role on this earth. We need to recognize and acknowledge this role that God has planned for us. No matter how little it is, we must value this role and accept it with humility, just like Mary.

Lord Jesus, help us to always celebrate our role on this earth, just like Mary, who humbly assumed her role. Amen.


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