.- The Virgin Maryâs docility to the will of God should remind everybody that the Lord has a plan for each of us, Pope Benedict XVI said at the conclusion of a Rosary vigil to mark the end of May.
âThe Magnificat is the hymn of praise that rises from humanity redeemed by divine mercy, rises from all the people of God; at the same time it is a hymn which denounces the illusion of those who believe they are lords of history, arbiters of their destiny,â he said May 31 at the shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes in the Vatican Gardens.
âIn contrast, Mary has God at the center of her life, she abandoned herself, confident in his will, in an attitude of humble obedience to his loving plan.â
Mary was chosen âto be the temple that carries the Word, God made man,â the Pope said, because of her âpoverty of spirit and humility of heart.â
Pope Benedict was joined several thousand pilgrims who had made their way to the grotto in candlelit procession while reciting the Rosary and singing Marian hymns. The annual vigil is a rare opportunity for the public to walk relatively free through the Vatican Gardens. The final destination of the pilgrimage was the Vaticanâs replica of the grotto at Lourdes in France.
âDear friends, this evening we wish to turn our gaze to Mary with renewed filial affection,â the Pope told the pilgrims as the sun set over the grotto.
âWe all need to learn from our heavenly Mother: her faith invites us to look beyond appearances and to believe that daily difficulties prepare the way for a springtime that has already begun in the risen Christ,â he said.
With his butler being charged last week for stealing confidential papal documents, the Pope also prayed that Maryâs intercession may bring âspiritual joyâ to âthose families that here in the Vatican serve the universal Church.â
âIt was most beautiful thing this evening to pray to Our Lady at this difficult moment in time for the Holy Father, and I pray this brings him great comfort,â Alessandra Brambilla, a 28-year-old pilgrim from Rome, told CNA.
âIt is amazing to conclude the month of May with the Holy Father,â said her friend and fellow Roman, 29-year-old Luca Pezzi, âand what he said about Mary was beautiful, too.â