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 traditions aspire - people of many faiths will find nourishment in the Pope's words.
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