"Saint John Paul II concluded each of his 14 papal encyclicals with a prayer or invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Paul VI and other pontiffs had concluded encyclical letters by appealing to Our Lady on occasion, but John Paul II made it his regular practice to look to Mary. Popes Benedict XVI and Francis have continued this to some fashion in their own right.
"Advent, like a papal encyclical composed by St. John Paul II, ends on a Marian turn. Having considered for weeks now God’s ancient promises as spoken through the prophets, the Church turns to meditate on the Blessed Virgin Mary."
recent commentary, Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P.,
reflected on how God wants us to hear and know His plan of love and also to share it, with our Blessed Mother being the
perfect model of discipleship, "having from the first moments of the
miraculous conception of Jesus, known and contemplated this saving
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Aleteia: Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP: Mysteries worthy of delight: Where to turn our minds in these days (18 DEC 20)