This lovely photograph of Mary, Queen of Apostles, was taken by Sr. Mary Emmanuel of the Daughters of St. Paul. Sr. Emmanuel has a tremendous gift of “incarnating” the Gospel in images. As today is the first day of the Novena to Mary, Queen of Apostles, which the entire Pauline Family will celebrate this year on Saturday, May 22nd, I thought it’d be interesting to examine more closely the role of Mary as a communicator of Christ.
Mary doesn’t necessarily spring to mind as a “mentor” for writers or communicators because she seems to be a woman of few words. Yet, how profound her “few words” are! (I wish I could speak as succintly and deeply.) But Mary didn’t communicate just with her words. Her entire life was a portal for Jesus, beginning with her physical motherhood. Father Alberione used to say that whenever you find Mary in the Gospels, you find Jesus. From the three wisemen who searched for Jesus and found him in Mary’s arms, to the wedding at Cana, to the foot of the cross, Mary is always there–pointing to Jesus.
If Mary had not said “yes” at the moment of the Annunciation (“I am the handmaid of the Lord, be it done to me according to your word”), we would not have Jesus Christ. Our Founder put it this way: “Mary, you gave the world The Book to read: the Eternal Word.”
Here is a link that further describes Mary as the Queen of Apostles, and also shares a simple version of the novena that Daughters of St. Paul around the world begin today: http://campus.udayton.edu/mary/prayers/Queennovena.html