Pope: Find Comfort in Mary

Pope Francis has called on those who feel uneasy and alone to find their solace in Mary. In a radio address on September 15, 2016, the pope encouraged all who feel abandoned and orphaned as a result of the spiritual turbulence of this life to turn to Mary, “their mother” (Zenit, “Pope’s Morning Homily: Uneasy? Alone? Turn to Mary, Your Mother,” 9-15-16). Pope Francis referred to the early Roman Catholic mystics who often encouraged Christians to “take refuge under the mantle of the Mother of God” because, he said, “Under her mantle, the devil can’t enter there.” Referring to Mary’s place at the foot of the cross during Jesus’ crucifixion, the pope stated, “We have a mother who defends us, teaches us, accompanies us; who is not ashamed of our sins. She is not ashamed, because she is our Mother.” Despite the fact that God’s Word never calls on any Christian to pray to another human being—dead or alive—the pope and the Roman Catholic Church continue to advance the unbiblical idea of praying to Mary and placing her on a level above that which Scripture teaches. God’s command to us, instead, is found in Hebrews 4:14-16. We are to cast all our burdens on the Lord and come boldly before the Throne of Grace. Jesus Christ is our only Intercessor.