Pope Francis on New Years Day: Mary is the Answer

In his address on New Years Day, Pope Francis said, “as we start a new year, it is a good time for Christians to also start anew, leaving behind past burdens and baggage, and starting over from what really matters.”

Catholic News Agency said the Pope also added, “Today’s feast tells us that if we want to go forward, we need to turn back: to begin anew from the crib, from the Mother who holds God in her arms,” he stated.

We all wrestle with “New Years Resolutions.”  And many of us struggle with changes we need to make in our lives.  By focusing on Mary the Mother of God we can leave “the baggage” we carry with us in our daily lives, and move ahead.  Consider all the changes Mary went through!

Catholics mark January 1st each year to celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  On some years (when the date falls on a Sunday), this is a holy day of obligation.

Pope on New Year’s Day: Devotion to Mary is a must