Devotion to Mary, over the centuries, often stressed her uniqueness among other creatures. Pope Francis draws her close. Having shown the way through her courageous “yes” to God, Mary serves as an intimate partner in our joys, hopes, and sorrows, a model of faith who inspires our own audacious response to God’s invitation. —Robert Ellsberg, author, Blessed Among Us
A lifetime of deeply knowing and loving Mary, the Mother of God, has left a deep imprint on Pope Francis. He speaks of her not as an idea but an intimate experience, whose strength transforms not just individuals but whole cultures. Mary models for Francis the missionary, merciful atitude every Christian is called to develop, of patient listening to the will of God, and courageous condence in His designs. —Austen Ivereigh, senior contributor, Crux, and author, The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope
As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis encouraged devotion to “Our Lady, Undoer of Knots.” On the first day after his election to the papacy, he visited the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome to place flowers on the altar and pray for Mary’s help and protection. Since that day, he has continued to shine a light on the woman he calls “the first pilgrim” and “the perfect disciple.” This book gathers his most important and inspiring words about Mary. Her unconditional “yes” to God encourages modern believers to say “yes” to God’s call today. We must turn to Mary often, he says, for she is a mighty intercessor and a faithful companion on our spiritual journey.