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Saturday, 11 October 2014
Church is our Mother
Church is our
Mother – Pope Francis
In our catecheses, we have often noted that we do
not become a Christian on our own, but by being born and nurtured in the faith
in the midst of the People of God, that is the Church. She is a true mother who
gives us life in Christ and, in the communion of the Holy Spirit, brings us
into a common life with our brothers and sisters.
The model of motherhood for the Church is the
Blessed Virgin Mary, who in the fullness of time conceived through the Holy
Spirit and gave birth to Jesus Christ. Her motherhood continues through
the Church, who brings forth sons and daughters through Baptism, whom she
nourishes through the Word of God.
In fact, Jesus gave the Gospel to the Church
to bring forth new life by generously proclaiming his word and winning other
sons and daughters for God our Father.
As a mother, the Church nurtures us throughout life
by illuminating our path with the light of the Gospel and by sustaining us with
the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. With this nourishment, we are
able to choose the good and be vigilant against evil and deceit, and overcome
the difficult moments of life with courage and hope.
This is the Church: a mother who has at heart the
good of her children. And since we are the Church, we are called to live
this same spiritual, maternal attitude towards our brothers and sisters, by
welcoming, forgiving and inspiring trust and hope.