Scripture, especially Luke’s Gospel, presents Mary to us. She is “full of grace” (Lk 1:28), and has an attitude of total availability to God’s will, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word,” (Lk 1:38). She is aware of the greatness of God and of the wonders He has done in her life (Lk 1:46-55).
Mary’s love for God is without measure. We learn from her the art of listening to God, of dialoguing with Him, of receptivity to His plan of love and of total responsiveness to His will.
Her love for us is maternal. She cares for us and is concerned about each one of us. The Evangelist John narrating the episode of Cana (John 2:1-11) says how Mary sees needs and, firmly and clearly, involves her Son in answering those needs. The Lord Himself then entrusts us to her at the foot of the Cross (Jn 19:26).
The many apparitions of Mary manifest her love for us and her concern for us to journey as children of God. Some principal apparitions are: Syracuse in Sicily in 1954; Banneux in Belgium in 1933; Beauraing in Belgium in1932-33; Fatima in Portugal in 1917; Knock in Ireland in1879; Lourdes in France in1858; La Salette in France in 1846; in 1830 Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in France and Guadalupe in Mexico in 1531. Mary’s messages are beautiful!
Yes, Mary loves God, loves us and wants us to live in peace, use the talents the Lord gave us and strive to give our full contribution for the building up of the culture of life and love.