The virgin Mary helps us to grow, to face life and be free.
A mother helps children grow, which is why she trains them not to give in to laziness, not to recline in a comfortable life which is content to just have things. Our Lady does just that with us, she helps us to grow humanly and in faith, to be strong and not give in to the temptation of being human and Christian in a superficial way, but to live with responsibility, to strive higher and higher.
And when children meet obstacles their mother helps them to be realistic about the problems of life and not get lost in them, but confront them with courage, not to be weak, and to know how to overcome, in a healthy balance that a mother ‘feels’ between the areas of safety and risk. Mary experienced many difficult moments in her life from the birth of Jesus, when ‘there was no place to stay,’ up to Calvary. And like a good mother she is close to us, because we never lose courage in the face of adversity in life, in front of our weakness, in front of our sins, she gives us strength, shows us the way of her Son.
The final way that Mary keeps her children’s is by showing them how to make important decisions with full freedom, as she did when she answered ‘yes’ to God’s plan for her life. But what is freedom? It is certainly not doing everything you want, being dominated by passions, moving from one experience to another without discernment, following the fashions of the time. Freedom is given to us to make good choices in life!”.