Want to learn obedience? Look at the ‘woman by the Cross’

Vatican City, Sep 15, 2014 / 08:08 am .- Celebrating Mass for the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows at the Santa Marta residence, Pope Francis reflected on the ultimate example of obedience demonstrated by Mary at the foot of the Cross.

As we look at Mary standing beneath the Cross, “steadfastly following her Son in his suffering, to learn obedience,” we see the Church and our mother, he said the morning of Sept. 15.

“By remaining close to both Mary and the Church,” he said, “our ‘small soul’ will never be lost.”

Pope Francis turned to the first reading of Saint Paul to the Hebrews, noting that Paul stressed the importance of three words: “to learn, to obey, and to endure.”

In contrast, Adam “did not want to learn that which the Lord commanded” – neither did he wish to “endure, or obey,” the Pope said. “Adam left Paradise with a promise,” one which carried over through the centuries.

But Christ, although he is God, “annihilated himself, humbled himself to become servant.”

“This is the glory of the Cross of Jesus.”

Through Jesus’ obedience, death, and humility, the promise made when Adam was sent from Paradise became hope, “and the people of God walked with certain hope.”

Standing at the foot of the Cross, the Mother – who Saint Paul refers to as the “New Eve” – “participated in this path of the Son: she learned, she suffered, and obeyed.”

On the Gospel passage, Pope Francis reflected Jesus’ words to John: “Behold your mother.” Mary, the Pope said, “was anointed Mother.”

The Holy Father continued: “And this is also our hope. We are not orphans.” He noted that Mary is our mother, and added that “the Church is also mother… is anointed mother when she takes the same path of Jesus and of Mary: the path of obedience, the path of suffering, and when it has that attitude to continuously learn the journey of the Lord.”

Both Mary and the Church, he continued, “carry forward the hope that is Christ, give us Christ, engender Christ within us. Without Mary, there would not have been Jesus Christ; without the Church, we cannot go forward.”

“As our fathers left Paradise with a promise,” Pope Francis said, “today we can move forward with a hope: the hope that our Mother Mary, steadfast at the Cross, and our Holy Mother, the hierarchical Church, give us.”


  1. Lynette jones Reply

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  2. Sandra Martinez Reply

    Can you put the ” Prayer To The Sacred Heart ” again so that I may copy it too my prayer book that I’ve made..Thank you…l like this page, a lot of information that us Catholics have forgotten…thank you for reminding me about Confession, how to confess and why we need to and not be asham…l am studying the Bible on line….thank you again, In Jesus name I pray Amen…

    1. Cynthia Anzaldua Reply

      To the Sacred Heart of Jesus
      To the Sacred Heart of Jesus

      Oh most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
      we come to you as a family
      and consecrate ourselves to Your Sacred Heart.
      Protect us through Your Most Precious Blood
      and keep us pure and holy.

      Oh Dear Jesus,
      we are so far away from Your most pure and Sacred Heart.
      As a family we need Your help.
      Heal all the quarrels that exist
      in our family due to our unforgiveness
      and lack of love for You.
      Heal our unbelieving and unconverted hearts
      and lead us to Your Sacred Heart with love.
      Unite us as a family
      and remove all stain of sinfulness from our souls.
      Help us to be a prayerful and loving family,
      so that through our example
      we may lead other souls to Your Most Sacred Heart.

      We give You our hearts Dearest Jesus,
      and consecrate our family through the fourth generation.
      Through the prayers of our Dearest Mother Mary,
      may we live this consecration every day of our lives.

      Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
      have pity on us.


  3. Cynthia Anzaldua Reply

    Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
    O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.

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