The smile of Mary

Monthly Prayer Leaflet for the Rosary Teams

Our theme for the year:
“You are the Temple of the Holy Spirit”

Have you noticed on the old icons of Mary the grave beauty of her smile?
Still a very young woman, it is with this smile that she welcomed the Angel Gabriel. It is with this smile that she looked at her child in the crib in Nazareth. For the beauty of her face spoke the truth of her heart, where she meditated daily the words of the Angel, the… Word of God, right up to the cross and the Cenacle, in the magnificent hope of the Holy Spirit.

This smile of grave beauty which Mary offers to Jesus and to the Church comes to enlighten all this time of Lent. More than a time of penance that it also is, the period of Lent prepares us for the coming of our salvation, the Easter of Christ when humanity tumbles from death into life, from the darkness of death to the glorious light of the Resurrection

This is what this smile of Mary tells us: effectively, a sword has pierced her soul during the Passion of her son, the murdered innocent, but this sword has also freed within her the living source of hope where the Angel Gabriel had deposited God’s message: her child in indeed the Saviour of the world!

This is why, with Mary, we are carriers of this smile of hope. Stronger that the grin of violence or the mask of hate which sometimes takes hold in the world!
This time of Lent, this time of purification of our life, of our body, of our heart and our spirit, asks us to perfume our faces with the peace and the joy of the Lord and, with Mary, let us live between ourselves and for the world the smile of the hope of those whom Christ has saved.

Fr. Gilles DANROC o.p.
International Chaplain of the Rosary Teams

Editorial of April 2013

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