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Mary’s life is a lesson in trusting God, pope says

Imitating Mary’s life of humility and gratitude, men and women in the Church must place complete trust in God’s will and not in material possessions or intellectual prowess, Pope Francis said.

In choosing Mary to bear his son, God chose “a simple young woman of Nazareth, who did not dwell in the palaces of power and wealth, who did not do extraordinary things” yet placed complete trust in him, the pope said on 9th October during a Holy Year Mass with pilgrims who have a special devotion to Mary.

“Let us ask ourselves – it will do us good – if we are prepared to accept God’s gifts, or prefer instead to shut ourselves up within our forms of material security, intellectual security, the security of our plans,” the pope said during his homily.

The Mass capped off a weekend of events dedicated to Mary, including a concert and a prayer vigil presided over by the pope on 8th October.

The vigil began with testimonies on the importance of the mother of Christ and a procession of delegations from Marian shrines around the world bearing local representations of Mary, including Italy’s Our Lady of Pompeii and Mexico’s Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Picture: A statue of Mary is carried in a procession at the start of a Marian vigil led by Pope Francis in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 8th October. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).