Pope Francis, on what Mary can teach us about being faithful:
The way of Jesus is the way of a love that is faithful to the end, even to sacrificing one’s life; it is the way of the cross. The journey of faith thus passes through the cross. Mary understood this from the beginning, when Herod sought to kill the newborn Jesus. But then this experience of the cross became deeper when Jesus was rejected. Mary was always with Jesus; she followed Jesus in the midst of the crowds, and she heard all the gossip and the nastiness of those who opposed the Lord. And she carried this cross! Mary’s faith encountered misunderstanding and contempt—when Jesus’ “hour” came, the hour of his Passion, when Mary’s faith was a little flame burning in the night, a little light flickering in the darkness. Through the night of Holy Saturday, Mary kept watch. Her flame, small but bright, remained burning until the dawn of the resurrection. And when she received word that the tomb was empty, her heart was filled with the joy of faith: Christian faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Faith always brings us to joy, and Mary is the Mother of joy! May she teach us to take the path of joy, to experience this joy! That was the high point—this joy, this meeting of Jesus and Mary, and we can imagine what it was like. Their meeting was the high point of Mary’s journey of faith, and that of the whole Church. What is our faith like? Like Mary, do we keep it burning even at times of difficulty, in moments of darkness? Do I feel the joy of faith? (The Church of Mercy, 138–139)
What would have been Mary’s temptations as she followed her son’s life through his ministry, passion, death, and resurrection? For instance, how would you react if others misunderstood your wonderful son or daughter, talked falsely about him or her, even plotted destruction? Mary had options—she had the power to choose how she would respond to her son’s unfolding, complicated, and precarious life. Can you imagine the options she did not choose?