Vatican City, Jan 1, 2019 / 07:21 am
When challenged, it is right to turn to Mary, Our Mother, for help, Pope Francis said on New Year's Day, because Our Lady sees everyone as beloved children of God and helps others to see and to love in the same way.
"Especially in times of need, when we are entangled in life's knots, we rightly lift our eyes to Our Lady," the pope said Jan. 1. "Yet first, we should let ourselves be gazed upon by Our Lady."
"The eyes of Our Lady are able to bring light to every dark corner; everywhere they rekindle hope. As she gazes upon us, she says: 'Take heart, dear children; here I am, your Mother!'"
"This maternal gaze, which instils confidence and trust, helps us to grow in faith," he continued. "Her maternal gaze helps us see ourselves as beloved children in God's faithful people, and to love one another regardless of our individual limitations and approaches."