10 Reasons I Love Mary; memories of 100th year Marian apparition in Fatima

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History has repeated itself here in Benin City, Nigeria during the National Marian Congress. Just like what happened 100 years ago at Fatima, Portugal reoccurred on 13th October, 2017. What a great miracle from our mother Mary, Our Lady of Fatima..

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Celebration of the 100th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to three Shepherd Children in Fatima, Portugal. In honor of this important centennial,
The Catholic Bishops conference of Nigeria with the priests and religious men and women and the entire lay faithful of catholic faithful in Nigeria gathered together to celebrate the anniversary.

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Excerpts from Homily by His Grace, Most Rev. Valerian Okeke, Archbishop of Onitsha Catholic Archdiocese at the Grand Finale of the 1st National Marian Year, 3rd National Marian Congress and Reconsecration of Nigeria to the Immaculate Heart of Mary) 13th October, 2017!

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Ten (10) Reasons I Love Mary
1.God came to us through Mary; We go to God through Mary (Heb 1:1ff).
2. Mary is an Epiphany, the manifestation of God who is Spirit and invisible (Gal. 4:4).
3. Mary is full of grace (Luke 1:28); She obtains grace for us. Without God's grace, we can do nothing ( John 15:5).
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4.Mary effectively intercedes for us; Mary's intersession is powerful (John 2:1-11).
5. Mary searches for and finds her lost child (Luke 2:46). If you are truly Mary's child, Mary searches for you. You may NEVER be lost.
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6.Mary has special 'connection' with the Blessed Trinity; She is a special Daughter of God, Mother of God and beloved spouse of the Holy Spirit. In Nigeria, we know the importance of "knowing someone who knows someone who knows someone...."
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7. Mary is Mother and Queen of Peace because She gave birth to the Prince of peace who is Peace Himself.

8.She loves the Scriptures; She lives and leverages on the Scriptures.
9.She is the Mother of Mercy; Her Son is a true revelation of God's mercy.
10.She is a woman of gratitude. The more she received grace, the more she gave thanks; the more she gave thanks, the more her favour increased. Gratitude increases miracles. If you truly want divine favours, learn from Mary.

In honour of our Blessed lady, please say one: 'HAIL MARY' today.