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While keeping in mind the directives of the General Chapter 2018, each Province and Region can freely choose how to celebrate the Marian Year with specific initiatives according to the local context. The aim of the celebration is to deepen our faith regarding the mystery of our Blessed Mother and to promote Marian devotion in the context of a renewed commitment to the will of God, drawing inspiration from the example she offers us.
To do this, we think it is appropriate to offer some reflections on the text of the prayer that has been prepared for the Marian Year which will unite us during the Jubilee Year. As Pope Benedict XVI said, “prayer is the living relationship of the children of God with their Father who is good beyond measure, with his Son Jesus Christ and with the Holy Spirit. Therefore the life of prayer consists in being habitually in God’s presence and being aware of it, in living in a relationship with God as we live our customary relationships in life, with our dearest relatives, with true friends; indeed the relationship with the Lord is the relationship that gives light to all our other relationships. This communion of life with the Triune God is possible because through Baptism we have been incorporated into Christ, we have begun to be one with him” 
1. The first part of the prayer for the Marian year begins with a great prayer of thanksgiving that highlights, using a vocative (oh Mary) , the Virgin Mary herself in her mission as Mother of Reconciliation, in communion with the first pilgrims of the Holy Mountain who did not hesitate to call her the “Reconciler of sinners”. We recall that with the title of “Mother of Reconciliation”, it directly touches the soul of the Missionaries of Salette and of all those who drink from the same charismatic source of Reconciliation.
With the use of the verb REJOICE in this introduction, this prayer invites us to associate ourselves to the joy that led the Virgin Mary to sing in her Magnificat, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior” and at the same time she wants to make us acquire the strength that unites everyone in this same joy that comes from the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the main objective is to unite the hearts of all in thanksgiving for the Marian Year which prepares us for the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the merciful Apparition of the Virgin Mary on the mountain of La Salette. And in so doing, what she sang in her Magnificat is realized: “from now on will all ages call me blessed”
2. The second part takes us to the heart of the prayer itself. Therein lies the real reason why Mary is called the Mother of Reconciliation and why we continue to proclaim her Blessed. Because she is completely immersed in the Trinitarian mystery, source and reason of all our thanksgiving.
Mary is for us all the most perfect creature, model of humanity, she participates in divine beauty, because the Son of God who was incarnated in her womb is beauty in itself. This God who is beauty par excellence comes to Mary and makes her the icon of beauty. His face shines with the love of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. In this prayer, the love relationship between Mary and the Holy Trinity is highlighted.
a. Mary, Daughter of God the Father
Before being a spouse and a mother, Marie is a Daughter, collaborator of the Salvation work. Mary is full of grace, the Daughter of Zion, that is, the personification of the people of Israel who waited for the Messiah. She is also the personification of the Church who awaits the return of her Lord with attention and vigilance. Mary, as the Father's favorite daughter, wanted nothing more than to be a servant of God: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Lk 1:38). And as an elected daughter, she assumes her condition as a servant: " My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord..."
b. Mary: Mother of the Son of God
In the apostolic exhortation Marialis Cultus, Pope Paul VI says with reference to the role and mission of Mary with her Son: “In the Virgin Mary everything is relative to Christ and dependent upon Him. It was with a view to Christ that God the Father from all eternity chose her to be the all-holy Mother and adorned her with gifts of the Spirit granted to no one else”. In Mary everything is closely linked to Christ and everything refers to him.
c. Mary, wife of the Holy Spirit
As we bend our knees in the face of the mystery of the incarnation, we adore the holy Trinity: the Father who sends the Son, the Son who, while remaining God, obeys and assumes human nature, the Holy Spirit, who made possible the immaculate conception of Jesus. Within this mystery Mary is present, a woman like all women, but mysteriously associated, through divine motherhood, with the redemptive and sanctifying mission of the world.
3. The third part of the prayer is essentially an Anamnesis (it is a Greek term that means memorial, commemoration, remembrance). With these words, the community celebrates the memorial of Christ, his Passion, his Death, his Resurrection and his Ascension to heaven. It is by celebrating this mystery that we can better understand the Apparition of the Virgin Mary in the mountains of La Salette and her message. This Prayer recalls what the shepherds saw in the first place: a beautiful Lady who was crying. They will say later: her tears were like drops of light. Then our gaze through these little shepherds is fixed on the Crucified Christ that was hanging between chains, on the chest of the Beautiful Lady and, who "seemed to be alive". The attentive shepherds listen and receive the message of the Beautiful Lady, who sends them to proclaim it to 'all her people' of all languages and cultures.
4. The fourth part of the prayer consists of a supplication and intercession that is very common in Christian prayer. As good disciples of Christ, children of Mary, we must always ask what is central to the Christian's life, what constitutes us disciples of Christ: LOVE. We ask her to grant us the grace to love one another and to welcome each other as brothers and sisters and only then can we work harmoniously for Justice and Peace.
Let us return to beg her as “Reconciler of sinners” and as a way of hope and peace between peoples and cultures, evoking the theme of the Marian Year which will illuminate our reflections during the Jubilee Year.
In an attitude of profound confidence, we entrust to the Maternal Protection of Mary all Humanity and all concern for nature, in the expression used by Pope Francis, “the common home”. The work of Creation must be preserved and loved as a great gift from God and as a source of life.
The prayer of supplication helps us to pray not only with reason but with our whole being filled with feelings of anguish, fears, especially in this time when the pandemic, unemployment, hunger and lack of prospects for the future seem to bring our hearts down.
This prayer is a solemn invitation to renew the old but still "young" theological virtue that is HOPE. She always makes the journey with us and motivates us in our pilgrimage to meet the Father. What we really want with this prayer is to do what Mary did in obedience to the faith and the will of her Son. The prayer of the Marian Year is filled with an immense desire to do the will of God, it is a reference to the wedding feast, when Jesus inaugurates with his first miracle his "signs" of mercy; this is what we find at La Salette: by revealing the mercy of the Father with her tears, the Virgin Mary becomes Mother of mercy for all of us.
And we conclude it with the Great Amen.
 Catechesis October 3, 2012
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