Mary loves us as a Mother with truly human tender feeling. She has been assumed into Heaven and so Her Immaculate Heart still beats with love for us. Although no longer physically on earth, She is still very near us and constantly influences our souls with Her maternal love.
She is truly Our Mother in the order of grace. That is, She generates and nourishes in us the life of grace while we live on this earth. When we say Mary is our Mother we are not just using a pious phrase or expressing ourselves in a poetic fashion. The Blessed Virgin is really and truly in the literal sense of the words, Our Mother.
Pope Paul VI on the occasion of his pilgrimage to Fatima taught:
“Thus the Blessed Virgin Mary, after participating in the redeeming sacrifice of the Son, and in such an intimate way as to deserve to be proclaimed by Him the Mother not only of His disciple John, but … of mankind (which he in some way represents), continues now in Heaven Her role as Mother, cooperating in the birth and growth of the Divine Life (which is Sanctifying Grace) in the individual souls of redeemed men.”
In 1917, God sent His Holy Mother to bring us a message at Fatima, Portugal while the world was torn by war. Our Blessed Mother came to tell us how we can cooperate with God’s plan for peace and salvation for the world. Just as the first human visitors to see the infant Jesus in the manger were simple, humble shepherd’s, also at Fatima God chose 3 little shepherd children, Jacinta, Francisco and Lucy to see Our Lady and bring her message to the world.