Vatican City, Jan 1, 2018 / 03:55 am
At the start of the new year, Pope Francis said that having a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary isn't just something that is nice or good to do, but is an obligation in the life of a Christian.
"Devotion to Mary is not spiritual etiquette; it is a requirement of the Christian life," the Pope said Jan. 1. "The gift of the Mother, the gift of every mother and every woman, is most precious for the Church, for she too is mother and woman."
"If our faith is not to be reduced merely to an idea or a doctrine, all of us need a mother's heart, one which knows how to keep the tender love of God and to feel the heartbeat of all around us."
Pope Francis celebrated Mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, reflecting on the line in Luke's Gospel that says, "And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart."