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A sign of hope. Bernadette's testimony

Standing at the cross of Jesus was His Mother, His Mother's sister, Mary, wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his Mother and the disciple whom he loved standing next to him, he said to his Mother: "Woman, here is your son." Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother." And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.


In our everyday life, amidst many difficulties, there are signs of hope. One of such signs for us is Mary. On the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Poland, the Jasna Góra Icon of the Black Madonna stands before our eyes.

Our thoughts and prayers go to the Polish Cana, to the One who experienced "great things". Mary is a great sign of hope for our entire nation, but also for each of us.

A young girl named Bernadetta confessed: "Thinking about today's ceremony for several days, I was wondering who the Mother of God is to me," she confesses. The first, slightly depressing thought that came to my mind was that I was not praying to Mary enough and thinking about her too little.

Somehow I forget about Her in prayer. I have already decided to deepen my very general knowledge about Her, Her Person and way of life.
When I think about Her now and when I pray to Her, (…) I am delighted, above all, by Her trust and obedience to God. She is all for God from beginning to end. (…) Her attitude of listening to God's voice arouses in me a great desire to imitate her.

That's why I'm asking Mary to pray for me, so that I can trust and trust, so that I can look for God in everything, and not for myself.

We also ask for the intercession of the One whom the Apocalypse shows as a Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a wreath of twelve stars.

The awareness of Mary's intercession makes us walk through life more confidently. The Church is our home, and in this home is the Mother of God. However, these words can also become a tired cliché that no one responds to anymore. So where do we get the freshness of faith?

From everyday life permeated with God's presence in the word, sacraments and events. Extraordinary spiritual ecstasies and wonderful liturgical celebrations are needed, but in special moments. However, the simplicity of a life filled with the Gospel is necessary in every day and in every Christian home.

And this is worth remembering, especially on the Queen of Poland's Day. Today, in a special way, we look at Her, asking in prayer not only for our homeland, but for all people who honor Her. As Benedict XVI teaches,

“Marian piety is an essential element of spiritual life. Let us not forget to turn with confidence to Mary, and she will certainly intercede for us with her Son.
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