Vatican City, May 10, 2017 / 04:56 am
Days before his trip to Fatima, Pope Francis said Mary's 'yes' at the Annunciation was more than a yes to bearing the Son of God, but was also an acceptance of everything she would endure after – something every mother experiences with a new child.
"It was not easy to answer with a 'yes' to the angel's invitation; yet she, a woman still in the flower of youth, answers with courage, despite not knowing anything about the fate that awaited her."
"Mary at that moment looks like one of the many mothers of our world, brave to the extreme when it comes to welcoming in her womb the story of a new human being who is growing," he said May 10.
Her 'yes' to the angel at the Annunciation was just the first step "in a long list of obedience" leading to the moment she stands at the foot of her Son's cross, the Pope said.