EUROPE/ITALY - 150th anniversary of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception- “Immaculate Mary is God God crying out in human history”: from the shrine of the Holy House of Nazareth in Loreto (Italy)

Monday, 6 December 2004

Loreto (Fides Service) - “Immaculate Mary is God crying out to human history. Here is what he cries: "Be careful! Sin is evil which brings evil: sin does not bring happiness”. It is enough to see the haste, anxiety and need for evasion and escape which marks affluent societies… to realise that God’s cry is the truth .
Immaculate Mary is a guarantee that God is struggling to free humanity of infection from sin: the beauty of Mary is the future catapulted into our history to offer us courage and hope.
And Mary, what has she to say to us ? Mary tells us that what is so new about her starts from Jesus: He is the Saviour and it is to Him that Mary draws and leads us to enable us to share with her the joy of a heart in which God is at home.
The last of the words spoken by Mary recorded in the Gospel of St John are these: "Do what he tells you to do!” (Jn 2, 5)
In Loreto on Saturday 11 December, the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate, all the Bishops of Marche together with the people of their respective dioceses, will make a new act to consecrate the Region to the Immaculate Heart of Mary: from heaven Blessed Pius IX will smile to see that Marian devotion in his land is still strong.” + Angelo Comastri, Archbishop - Papal Delegate of Loreto. (Agenzia Fides 6/12/2004 - righe 17; parole 224)