The feast of Mary, Queen of the Universe, was instituted by Pius XII in 1954, at the end of the Marian Year, in the encyclical letter Ad caeli Reginam. Mary is Queen because she was associated with her Son in a unique way, both on the earthly path and in the glory of heaven. The royalty of Mary derives from her divine motherhood: she is the Mother of the Lord, of the King of kings.
She participates in God’s responsibility for the world and in God’s love for the world. Mary is Queen in the service of God in humanity. She is Queen precisely loving us, helping us in all our needs. She watches over us, her children: the children who turn to Her in prayer, to thank Her or to ask for Her maternal protection and Her heavenly help, perhaps after having lost the way, oppressed by pain or anguish by sad and complicated vicissitudes of life.
The luminous sign of Holy Mary, the Queen, shines even more when sad shadows of pain and violence seem to accumulate on the horizon. We are certain that from on high Mary follows our steps with sweet concern, She calms us in times of darkness and tempest, She serenes us with Her maternal hand. Sustained by this certainty, let us confidently continue on our path of Christian commitment where Providence leads us. Let’s move on in our lives guided by Mary.