And we learn from Mary to have a heart that is open and universal in its outreach. We need to go a step further and perhaps this is another dimension that Mary teaches us as particularly relevant for today. And that is mutual love. In John’s Gospel we read that on the eve of his death, Jesus gave the new commandment of mutual love.
On the Cross, the following day, he entrusted Mary to John and John to Mary, thereby establishing the first cell of the Church marked by a mutuality of being for one another that was to characterise Christians throughout the centuries. St. Peter, for instance, reminds us that before everything else, ante omnia (1 Pet 4:8) we are to keep mutual love alive among us.
Before everything else… And Tertullian’s reporting of what was said of the early Christians is well known: “look how they love one another and each is ready to die for the other.” Apology, 39
Fr. Brendan Leahy, Professor of Dogmatic Theology
Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy
The Legion of Mary Child Safeguarding Policy aims to do everything
possible to provide a safe environment for children and young people
where they are cherished and encouraged to become involved in the life
of our Church.
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics who, with the sanction of the Church and under the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate, Mediatrix of All Graces, serve the Church and their neighbour on a voluntary basis in about 170 countries. With the approval and support of the Popes and a great many Bishops, Priests and Religious, as well as the prayers and efforts of legionaries, the Legion, by the grace of God, has grown into a worldwide organisation with several million members.