St. John the Evangelist bravely stands vigil alongside the Blessed Virgin Mary at the foot of the Cross, with his own mother, "looking on from afar" (Matthew 27:55). In the most incredible act of love, Jesus strains to fill His lungs with air, and with just a few words, gives Mary to the world and institutes her spiritual motherhood when He proclaims from the Cross, "Woman, behold your son!" Then He says to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" (John 19:26-27a).
Throughout history, encounters with the Blessed Virgin Mary have led to unimaginable blessings and abundant fruits. Mary always draws us into a relationship (or a deeper friendship) with her Son, Jesus; however, the generosity of God shown through Mary has also included leaving the world with some remarkable, enduring graces.
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