Notable quotations from Pope Benedict XVI and official teachings of the Roman Catholic Church
We have a mother in Heaven. And the Mother of God, the Mother of the Son of God, is our Mother. He Himself has said so.
We have a Mother in Heaven. Heaven is open. Heaven has a heart.
Mary wanted God to be great in the world, great in her life and present among us all.
She was not afraid that God might be a "rival" in our life, that with His greatness He might encroach on our freedom, our vital space.
Only if God is great is humankind also great. With Mary, we must begin to understand that this is so. We must not drift away from God but make God present; we must ensure that He is great in our lives.
Mary speaks with us, speaks to us, invites us to know the Word of God, to love the Word of God, to live with the Word of God, to think with the Word of God.
Mary is taken up body and soul into the glory of Heaven, and with God and in God she is Queen of Heaven and earth... She is very close to each one of us.
While she lived on this earth she could only be close to a few people...Being in God and with God, she is close to each one of us, knows our hearts, can hear our prayers, can help us with he motherly kindness and has been given to us, as the Lord said, precisely as a "mother" to whom we can turn at every moment.
(Source: Homily, Solemnity of the Assumption, 8/15/05, Castel Gandolfo, Italy)
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