Imaging Mercy Today May 2014
Nga mihi atawhai – greetings to all in Mercy! The challenge for devotion to Mary these days is to find a lens that casts light on the great issues of our day. No one does this better than Pope Francis in his recent letter to the whole church, The Joy of the Gospel. In the very last paragraph, he urges the church to adopt a ‘Marian’ style to its work of spreading the good news. “Whenever we look to Mary, we come to believe once again in the revolutionary nature of love and tenderness. In her we see that humility and tenderness are not virtues of the weak but of the strong, who need not treat others poorly in order to feel important themselves,” Pope Francis writes.