Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

Pope Francis & Alicia von Stamwitz — Book 192 pgs.
Publisher: Franciscan Media (2017)
ISBN: 9781632530561


Pope Francis, formerly Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ, served the Jesuits as novice master, lecturer, provincial, confessor, and spiritual director before Pope John Paul II named him archbishop of Buenos Aires. He was elected to the papacy in 2013. He is the first pope from the Americas and the first pope to choose the name Francis, in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi.
Alicia (Ramírez de Arellano) von Stamwitz is an award-winning freelance author and longtime editor. Her essays and interviews with today’s most influential spiritual leaders are published internationally. She is also the editor of The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words of Pope Francis and The Spirit of St. Francis: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis


"In this collection, Pope Francis highlights Mary’s “feminine genius” and her receptivity to divine guidance—something to which believers of many religious tradition aspire—people of many faiths will find nourishment in the pope’s words. 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. In these beautiful meditations, homilies, talks and tweets, 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 attitude every Christian is called to develop, of patient listening to the will of God, and courageous confidence in His designs." —Austen Ivereigh, senior contributor, Crux, and author,  The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope

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Our journey of faith is the same as that of Mary, and so we feel that she is particularly close to us. As far as faith, the hinge of the Christian life, is concerned, the Mother of God shared our condition. She had to take the same path as ourselves, a path which is sometimes difficult and obscure. She had to advance in the ‘pilgrimage of faith.’ Our pilgrimage of faith has been inseparably linked to Mary ever since Jesus, dying on the Cross, gave her to us as our Mother, saying: “Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27).
—Pope Francis, Homily, Solemnity of Mary Most Holy, Mother of God, January 1, 2014

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.”

The writings, homilies, prayers, talks, and even tweets of Pope Francis in this book gather his most important and inspiring words about Mary. For Pope Francis, Mary is an icon of wisdom, strength, courage and joyful hope. 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.

“Mary is so closely united to Jesus because she received from him the knowledge of the heart, the knowledge of faith, nourished by her experience as a mother and by her close relationship with her Son.” —Pope Francis, January 1, 2015

Because Pope Francis highlights Mary’s “feminine genius” and her receptivity to divine guidance—something to which believers of many religious tradition aspire—people of many faiths will find nourishment in the Pope’s words. 

The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

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