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December 5 – Our Lady of the Annunciation (Italy, 1470)
Seeking the Virgin Mary’s Smile
The psalmist, seeing from afar this maternal bond which unites the Mother of Christ with the people of faith, prophesies regarding the Virgin Mary that "the richest of the people ... will seek your smile" (Ps 45:13).
In this way, prompted by the inspired words of Scripture, Christians have always sought the smile of Our Lady, this smile which medieval artists were able to represent with such marvelous skill and to show to advantage.
This smile of Mary is for all; but it is directed quite particularly to those who suffer, so that they can find comfort and solace therein.
To seek Mary's smile is not an act of devotional or outmoded sentimentality, but rather the proper expression of the living and profoundly human relationship which binds us to her whom Christ gave us as our Mother.
Homily in Lourdes, December 15, 2008.
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