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Authentic Veneration of the Mother of Jesus

Papal Address by Pope Benedict XVI
Castel Gandolfo
Feast of the Assumption 2010

Dear brothers and sisters,

Today, in the Solemnity of the Assumption into Heaven of the Mother of God, we celebrate the transition from her earthly condition to heavenly beatitude the One who generated in the flesh and accepted in faith the Lord of Life.  The veneration of the Virgin Mary accompanies the journey of the Church from the beginning and Marian feasts appear as early as the fourth century: some exalt the role of the Virgin in salvation history, others celebrate key moments of her earthly existence.  The significance of today's feast is contained in the concluding words of the dogmatic definition, promulgated by the Venerable Pius XII on 1 November 1950 that which celebrated its 60th anniversary this year, "The Immaculate Ever-Virgin Mary, Mother of God, completed the course of earthly life, was assumed into heavenly glory, body and soul "(Apostolic Constitution. Munificentissimus Deus: AAS 42 [1950], 770).

Artists of all ages have painted and sculpted the sanctity of the Mother of the Lord adorning churches and shrines. Poets, writers and musicians have paid tribute in honour of the Virgin with hymns and chants. From East to West, the All-Holy is invoked as Mother in Heaven, who sustains the Son of God in her arms and in whose protection all humanity finds refuge, with the ancient prayer: "Under thy protection, our refuge, our refuge, Holy Mother of God, Holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions, in our need, but from all dangers, deliver us always ".

And in the Gospel of today's solemnity, St. Luke describes the fulfilment of salvation through the Virgin Mary. She, in whose womb, the Almighty has become small, after the Annunciation of the Angel, went without delay to her cousin Elizabeth to bring her the Saviour of the world. And, in fact, "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb ... [and] was filled with the Holy Spirit" (Lk 1:41); she recognized the Mother of God "who
believed that what was spoken […] by the Lord would be fulfilled"(Lk 1:45). The two women, awaiting the fulfillment of divine promises, enjoy a foretaste, now, of the joy of the coming of the Kingdom of God, the joy of salvation.

Dear brothers and sisters, let us consider that to her - as stated by the Servant of God Paul VI - "assumed into heaven, has not abandoned her mission of intercession and salvation" (Ap. Ex. Marialis Cultus, 18, AAS 66 [1974], 130). To her, the guide of the Apostles, support of Martyrs, light of the Saints, we turn our prayer, imploring her to join us in this life, to help us look toward Heaven and greet us one day next to Her Son Jesus”.

The Catholic Church has professed for twenty centuries the amazing graciousness of the Holy Virgin toward the children of God, while recognizing the verifiable manifestations of Her mystical relationship with Her children. The Encyclicals, Exhortations, Letters and writings of Popes and Saints throughout the ages have directed the attention of the Catholic faithful, indeed all humanity, to call upon the Immaculate Mother of Jesus for divine assistance, to be our comfort in times of trial, and to extend to us the graceful benefaction of Her Son as at the wedding feast of Cana. And in this, the Church has helped generations of faith-filled people live the Holy Gospel to the letter. The Scriptures testify to the benefit of approaching Jesus’ Mother with our petitions; and in doing so, we solicit Her compassion and invoke Her great intercessory influence with Her Divine Son.

To hail this great Mother of Heaven with more worthy affection, it is fitting to reconsider any sentiments which devalue or obscure Her maternal dignity. Many opinions exist which declare that the Mother of Jesus is of no more relevance in salvation history than any of the sinful Eves of this broken world. It is only from a sense of ingratitude that such ideas fall from the lips of any Christian? We honor ourselves at the drop of a hat, erect shrines in honor of our mortal achievements, and place our names upon any edifice that our pride can etch into its cornerstones. We honor presidents and prime ministers across the landscapes of nations and recognize and respect their "First Ladys" with the deference becoming of subjects to their beloved royalty. We honor fathers and mothers of warriors, athletes, and achievers, and search out ways to impress their legacies into the historical record. We show respect to the most menial of human accomplishments and tout the shallowest sacrifices of the most rogue partisans. Yet, it seems that we somehow cannot find even the most humble of pedestals upon which to honor the Lady whose humble affirmation to an Archangel saved us all; the Mother who bore, raised, and taught the perfection of Love to the greatest Man ever to have graced human flesh.

The foundation upon which many stand to reject the great gift of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary's miraculous intercession and the maternal care She offers to Her Son's brothers and sisters is not worthy of Her bearing. These lost souls have little difficulty acknowledging that Christ is King, the New Adam, for the Bible tells us so. They accept His Kingdom, His Father, His brothers and sisters, His Crown, His Throne, His Scepter, His Angels, and the family of man, yet cannot find within this great Dominion or in any corner of their devotion the courage to accept His Mother and Queen, the New Eve who reigns at His side as the Matriarch of the family of the Redeemed.

Since Jesus is the first-born Son of God, who is the first-born woman? If Christ is the New Adam, who is the "New Eve?" If Christ is King, who is the Queen? If the Father came to Earth as His own Son, who is the Mother of Heaven? And if the Virgin Mary is of little relevance to our salvation, why has She appeared and produced wonders throughout history; why is She appearing across nearly every landscape of the globe, and why has She appeared here as the Morning Star Over America wielding the power of the Holy Spirit with healing, revelation, miracle and prophetic warnings?

There is no doubt that embarrassment and more is the future lot of all the detractors and protestors at their presentation before the Hosts of Heaven. Their rejection of Our Lady is a product of their hatred of the Catholic Church and nothing more, for should they accept Jesus' Queen their souls will blaze with revelation that the Catholic Church is truly the Church founded by Jesus Christ 2000 years ago, triumphantly processing through the ages enlightening the world with its endurance of derision and its stately bearing with each passing of the keys to successive Pontiffs. Hail, indeed, the Kingdom on High, Thrice-Blessed Domain of the Living! Hail all paradisial royalty and pageantry; the pomp of divine circumstances! All humanity must hail the Scars of Paradise! Those of the Sacred Body of Our Savior and also those of His Saints and Martyrs who died in emulation of His divine greatness! And from the most grief-stricken depths of they who have filled up what was lacking in the sufferings of Christ, stands the blazing beacon of the Lady of Mount Calvary, the Fairest Dove of the Earth's liberating Holocaust, She who knew suffering to its grieving depths and stood alone without stain or imperfection amidst the wailing typhoon of evil that broke upon the shores of this mortal age!

Our Lady is the Sign of the Final Ages. She is the Mystical Testimony to the Eternal Truth that all humankind must embrace to find favor with God once again.

"I am the Mother of Perpetual Light, your Eternal help." - March 29, 1997

"I am the center of that future. All valleys lead to Me, and all streams of life roll into the benison of My Immaculate Heart." - May 16, 1999

"I am the submissive spouse of Saint Joseph," - May 24, 1997

"I am the Mother of the Eucharist." - June 6, 1997

"While Jesus is the lesson, I am the teacher." - June 6, 1997

"I am your Sign of the Ages. I am the reason why Creation has come to this. I am the reason that victory was born into the world. From within My Womb and out of My Bosom blossomed the Flower whose beauty won the Heart of God. His Name is Jesus." - July 4, 1997

"I am the Woman Clothed with the Sun." - August 15, 1997

"I am the Mother of Compassion." - August 27, 1997

"I am the selfless Heart who walked the Earth, and I am also The Immaculate Conception who has desired your Salvation from the beginning." - August 22, 1997

"I am the Mother who teaches you, comforts you, and nourishes you so that you will be holy, and that you will understand what Jesus asks." - October 11, 1997

"I am the Mother who loves you, who showers these graces upon you so that you will grow in holiness." - November 21, 1997

"I am the Mother of God and therefore the teacher of the Son. And, I am furthermore teacher of My children, those He bequeathed to Me on Good Friday." - December 12, 1997

"I am the Virgin of virgins in whom you will find all the power you need to reach the heights of your hopes and expectations." - January 30, 1998

"I am the Lady of Liberty." - January 30 ,1998

"I am the Mother of all your hopes and the reason for your happiness." - May 8, 1998

"I am the author of the most beautiful words in Creation and the Matriarch of the Most Sacred Heart." - May 8, 1998

"I am the same pretty Lady who first came to you during the cold winter morning in February 1991." - May 29, 1998

"I am the Mother of the Catholic Church, the Original and True Church of Jesus Christ. I am also the Mother of all people everywhere, and I will see to it that everyone at last finds their way back to the Sacraments." - June 26, 1998

"I am the Holy Mother of your Lord who is still speaking to you after so many years." - July 24, 1998

"I have Wisdom because I am the Mother of Wisdom." - Julu 31, 1998

"I am the one who has helped you accept My Jesus who saved you." - October 16, 1998

"I am the Wisdom you are seeking, the Mother of the Spirit-God who guides you within the recesses of your hearts." - October 23, 1998

"I am the Mother of Infinite Wisdom and unconquerable Love." - Novermber 6, 1998

"I am the living Queen of Heaven," - November 27, 1998

"I am the revelation preceding the end of the world." - March 5, 1999

"I am the Morning Star of your Lord!" - March 28, 1999

"I am the Mother of Mercy" - April 11, 1999

"I am the Final Colossus." - May 23, 1999

"I am the Mother of the Greatest News ever known to man!" - May 30, 1999

"I am the Blessed Virgin Mary, your Immaculate Mother and Queen of Love." - June 20, 1999

"I am the Immaculate Queen whose happy duty it is to tell you that you have all been saved!" - July 11, 1999

"I am the Immaculate Virgin Mary, and you are My children." - July 18, 1999

"I am the most honored Mother in Creation because you have chosen to succeed in doing the work that My Son has given you to do." - July 25, 1999

"I am the only Queen Mother in Creation, and I have come to tell you about the perfection of the Kingdom of God." - September 19, 1999

"I am the Divine Immaculate Conception, the Advocate who stands with brilliance before Jesus to tell of the many happy trials you have sustained for the sake of His Kingdom." - September 26, 1999

"I am the Queen of that Eternal Peace," - October 24, 1999

"I am the Mediatrix of all Graces, the New Eve, and the Queen of Heaven and Earth." - December 5, 1999

"I am the reflection of the Wisdom you need to grow to be like the Angels and Saints in Paradise." - January 16, 2000

"I am the Morning Star above your journey of this Second Advent," - March 19, 2000

"I am the Matron of the Deity to whom you pray." - April 30, 2000

"I am the Mother of this same Holy Spirit." - June 11, 2000

"I am the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, who bore Him in My Womb and gave Him birth in Bethlehem." - July 16, 2000

"I am the Mediatrix of all Divine Graces from the heavenly Throne of God." - October 8, 2000

"I am the Queen of the Almighty." - December 10, 2000

"I am the Queen of Love who has come into this place seeking more of My children so that the number of souls beneath My Reign can be increased!" - January 7, 2001

"I am the lowly Handmaid of God who is the blesser of everyone, and I am also the Queen who knows Him best." - March 18, 2001

"I am the Immaculate Queen of the Salvation of humankind," - March 25, 2001

"I am the Queen of Paradise," -April 1, 2001

"I am the gracious Queen who is overjoyed with gratitude because you are praying and listening well." - April 15, 2001

"I am the Mother of God, and I have advance knowledge of many things." - April 15, 2001

"I am the Mother who can set the world aright in Justice and Peace if your brothers and sisters will listen to Me." - May 27, 2001

"I am the Immaculate Mother of this Love!" - July 8, 2001

"I am the Mother of Love with the Living Crown of Glory atop My head!" - July 8, 2001

"I am the Mother of this Light!" - July 15, 2001

"I am the Patron Saint of this America," - July 22, 2001

"I am the inviolate Matriarch of all the days, months, and years." - August 5, 2001

"I am the only creature from the Kingdom of Heaven who never died, but My Immaculate Heart was crucified with Jesus." - September 9, 2001

"I am the Mother of God, and I will succeed." - September 9, 2001

"I am the Patron Saint of this great American nation," - September 16, 2001

"I am the Lady of Divine Love, the Mother of Jesus," - October 14, 2001

"I am the Mother of God, and I have witnessed His Wrath unleashed." - December 9, 2001

"I am the Mother of the Love that you share inside the sanctity of Christmas," - December 23, 2001

"I am the Immaculate Mother of God and the Patroness Saint of the United States of America." - February 24, 2002

"I am the same Mother of Perpetual Help whom I was then." - March 9, 2002

"I am the storied Lady of Wisdom who has the jubilation to tell you that all legends shall rise again!" - March 31, 2002

"I am the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of Jesus Christ." - April 28, 2002

"I am the Mother of Supreme Dominion," - May 5, 2002

"I am the Mother of the Corpus Christi who has been hailing you for generations to come to the Table of God’s Love;" - June 2, 2002

"I am the Mother whom He has dispatched to speak on His behalf." - June 30, 2002

"I am the Queen and Matriarch of the Divine Love who has given energy and good measure to the Earth." - July 7, 2002

"I am the Lady of Wisdom who has been vested with the Grace to teach you to become like Jesus." - September 22, 2002

"I am the Maiden who is the fulfillment of your dreams in Peace and Grace," - December 8, 2002

"I am the Original Christian from whose Womb Eternal Salvation was birthed," - December 22, 2002

"I am the Mother of the Church; I am the Immaculate Queen of the only Heaven the Saints will know," - January 26, 2003

"I am the Patron Saint of America and your Protectress from harm." - February 2, 2003

"I am the Mother of Christ." - March 16, 2003

"I am the Patroness of America," - March 23, 2003

"I am the Lady of Perpetual Help for all who are in agony, for the lanced and suffering, and for the millions who do not know God." - May 4, 2003

"I am the only mother in Creation who can do these things." - May 11, 2003

"I am the same Blessed Virgin Mary who bore your Salvation in My Womb, now holding the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world in My Arms as the Thrice-blessed King of all Creation." - May 11, 2003

"I am the Lady of Perpetual Help," - May 18, 2003

"I am the Queen of Love," - May 18, 2003

"I am the Mother of Jesus whom His disciples must come to know." - June 8, 2003

"I am the Mother of all of this supernatural Grace, and My call is for you to be strengthened in your sorrows." - July 20, 2003

"I am the Mother of the Messiah and the sanctification you inherit by opening your hearts to receive Him." - August 3, 2003

"I am the Queen of Creation, and My intentions are benign before the Father. Come unto Me!" - August 15, 2003

"I am the most benevolent Woman to be given the breath of life." - August 15, 2003

"I am the Queen of Peace!" - August 15, 2003

"I am the Matriarch of Paradise." - September 28, 2003

"I am the Matriarch of the Trinity, the Mother of God, the Mother of Jesus and Spouse of the Holy Spirit." - October 12, 2003

"I am the Mother of Divine Truth." - October 12, 2003

"I am the Mother of God." - January 4, 2004

"I am the Mother of Redemption. I am your Eternal Queen!" - February 8, 2004

"I am the Immaculate Conception." - February 15, 2004

"I am your Mother! I am the Immaculate Conception and your Queen of Heaven! Come unto Me for nourishment and consolation, and I will feed you the Love of Almighty God in the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity." - February 22, 2004

"I am the Mother who nurtures My children to spiritual health." - April 4, 2004

"I am the Immaculate Conception to whom Jesus requests you to listen." - June 6, 2004

"I am the Immaculate Conception and the Queen of Creation," - August 22, 2004

"I am the Mother of God, the most esteemed Benefactress you will ever know." - August 22, 2004

"I am the Queen of Heaven who prospers your convictions..." - August 22, 2004

"I am the Mother of Good Counsel," - September 19, 2004

"I am the Matriarch of Christianity and Mother of the Messiah who expunged your transgressions." - October 17, 2004

"I am the Matriarch of Redemption, and I assure you that the Holy Spirit gives Me providential Wisdom of prefigured eloquence so profound that the hardest of heart are brought to tears." - December 26, 2004

"The Annunciation was My desire that His Will would come, for I am the Mediatrix of all Graces from Heaven." - January 16, 2005

"I am the Mother of the redeemed for the Earth and skies," - January 23, 2005

"I am the Mother of Jesus and God Almighty." - January 23, 2005

"I am the Mother of God." - February 13, 2005

"I am the Mother of Jesus;" - March 6, 2005

"I am the Mother of the Resurrected Savior who knows no bounds of Mercy for the repentant." - April 10, 2005

"I am the bringer of Great News" - April 24, 2005

"I am the Lady of Perpetual Help." - May 8, 2005

"I am the Mother of the Lamb of God who consoles the brokenhearted." - May 8, 2005

"I am the Lady of Wisdom who exhorts you to cultivate the furrows of sanctity and prayerfulness, to stay the course that you have honorably advanced." - August 7, 2005

"I am the cause of your wonder, I am the reason you are awaiting the balm of relief from the bottom of your heart." - September 11, 2005

"I am the Patroness of prayer." - September 25, 2005

"I am the Mother of God who calls you to propagate His Kingdom without seeing it in advance." - October 30, 2005

"I am the Mother of God whose kindness and sureness cannot be impeded," - November 13, 2005

"I am the Mother of the Church," - December 25, 2005

"I am the Patroness of America who calls on the West to renounce materialism..." - December 25, 2005

"I am the Mother of Love, Matriarch of the Blessed Sacrament, and Queen of Heaven and Earth." - January 28, 2006

"I am the Immaculate Conception." - February 11, 2006

"I am the Mother of God who is telling you that you are proffering great benisons to the Earth by your willingness to withstand the buffets and insults from the netherworld." - March 12, 2006

"I am the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God; and I am calling upon all creatures great and small to unite in a universal mission of Messianic Light that was first planted in the hearts of humanity on the occasion of Pentecost." - November 26, 2006

"I am the Mother of that peace, the Queen of Love, to whom you come during your every waking moment for Wisdom and instruction," - December 10, 2006

"I am the Immaculate Mother of Creation, and you are sought by Heaven through My Eternal Grace." - January 1, 2007

"I am the Queen of Love and your Intercessor in Heaven." - February 11, 2007

"I am the Lady Crowned with Twelve Stars to whom the Apostles turned for maternal advice." - September 9, 2007

"I am your intercessor in this age, for all the ages, so you will know Jesus like those with whom He broke bread centuries ago." - September 9, 2007

"I am the Immaculate Conception, and I was born without sin." - October 7, 2007

"I am the Mother of Eternal Triumph." - December 30, 2007

"I am your Mother of Perpetual Help, your Queen of Peace, and intercessor before Jesus Christ." - January 27, 2008

"I am the Lady of Medjugorje who first began your transformation from possessions of the world to possessors of the Earth." - January 27, 2008

"I am the Queen of Peace and the Mother of Love, and it is My duty to speak the strains of reconciliation to the warring and those affected by corruption." - June 15, 2008

I have come speaking to humanity as the Morning Star Over America to teach you right from wrong, to wake you from your paranoiac coma of indifference against the Kingdom of Eternal Love."
- September 14, 2008

"I am the most beneficial intercessor for your needs, both personal and social, because I bore to you the Savior." - October 12, 2008

"I am the most awesome Woman ever given life." - November 2, 2008

"I am the Handmaid of the Lord bearing the Savior of the world whose Passion and Sacrifice have pulled you from those depths." - December 28, 2008