"For me, Our Lady can be summarized only by one word, the word is 'Mother'. And in the word mother comes everything that is holy and good in the world, like tenderness, love, care, protection, courage, smile, love, love, love, love. So, she's pure love for me, I belong absolutely and totally and utterly to her and she lives in my heart.
Para mí, la Virgen se puede resumir en una palabra, la palabra es Madre."
María Vallejo-Nágera is a writer; her most recent book "De María a María" was published in Spain in October 2014.
"Our Lady is half way between us and the Cross of Our Lord, because she was there at the foot of the Cross and when we find the Cross difficult, she is there for us as well."
"I would like to leave with you this experience of growing up in a Catholic family, with the Salesians and having this feeling of Mary as a mother, which I think is very, very important for all the key important moments in our lives: when we have to take decisions, when we don't know what to do, when we feel lost, when we feel abandoned, when we are angry, when we think 'what is next?', well, Mary is there. So we just need to put our trust in her. And like St John Bosco used to say 'She's our mother and she'll be with us always'."
"Mary is the Mother of God and being his mother she's also the mother of all of us. For me, she's key in my life. She drives my life, she tells me where I have to be, how to do my thing. She taught Jesus and so she tries to teach us. That's Mary. Mary is love."
Paula gives her something about Mary in English & Spanish.
"Our Lady is the best and I always count on her - even in difficulties and also with good things."
Paola gives her response in English & Spanish.
"To me the Virgin is basically the way to Christ. She’s our mother and by praying the rosary to her we get to Christ.
Nuestra Señora es la vía a Dios."
"I come from a country so very family orientated, where the mother is the pillar. So our Holy Mary for me is the pillar of the family, of society, and always in silence, without us realising. She is the one who walks with us in this journey through life, as a loving person."
Pilar Santa Maria gives her algo de María in English & Spanish.
"For me Mary the Virgin is perhaps another part of the mystery of Jesus. As I really believe he is the Lord, to be the mother of the Lord is also something rather incomprehensible. This turns it on the one hand rather difficult to understand, on the other rather impressive and tantalising. Through my life, I have become more and more appreciative of Mary's role in Jesus' life ... I try to pray to Mary as a way of understanding Jesus' life and Jesus' experience and feelings."
Raphael gives his algo de María in English & Spanish.
"I know that she is a very good intercessor for us because I know that God cannot resist anything which comes from Our Lady. So I pray the rosary every day because I know how much she loves it and also because I have a lot of things to pray for and it's always powerful, the rosary."
Raquel gives her algo de María in English & Spanish.
"Para mi Maria es el espejo donde mirarse para poder educar bien a mis hijos, con carino, ternura, amor que para mi eso es la fe, osea me lleva a Cristo."
Tomas's favourite passage in the Bible is the Wedding Feast at Cana - John 2: 1-11: When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
"This is my favourite passage because it's a party and it shows how this really works: Maria asks something to Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ did it. So many times I ask things to Maria, just thinking about the Cana wedding and how Maria convinces Jesus to do things.'"
"The devotion to Our Lady has always been very strong. It comes really from my mother - she used to say the 3 parts of the rosary every day. We always said the rosary together as a family before or after supper. And I always feel that Mary our Mother is always by our side to help us and to take us to Jesus. Who can take us to him better than Mary?"
"I am here incredibly grateful, after spending half an hour praising Our Lord and Mary. I'm about to go into the city and feel very peaceful as a result."
Marta: “La Madre de Dios. The mother of God.”
Jorge: “The Mother of God.”
Javier: “The Mother of God and our mother.”
Marta: "Me too."
Agustin: “The first Christian and the Mother of God.”
Ruth: “The mother who takes care of all of us.”
The Villegas family altogether: "Dios te Salve, María, llena eres de gracia, el Señor está contigo. Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre, Jesús. Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores, ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén."
"As a mother of 5, sometimes I feel that I need some strength and I need to know a way to follow in my life. I need her and, when I pray to Mary, I find what I am looking for - I have her love and her strength, and I feel more sure about my goal in my life and about my commitments with my family and the community in which I am living."
Zulema gives her algo acerca de María in English & Spanish.
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Totus tuus ego sum et omnia mea tua sunt.
Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria. - St Louis de Montfort
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"Estoy totalmente tuyo y todo lo que tengo es tuyo.
Te acepto por mi todo. Oh María, dame tu corazón."