Mary, the Mother of God and our mother, occupies an absolutely unique place in the history of our salvation, and in our daily lives as Christians. The Second Vatican Council document “Lumen Gentium” (“Light of the Nations”) calls Mary “a pre-eminent and wholly unique member of the Church,” and “the exemplary realization” of the Church (#53). We are right to honor Mary and to follow her example. Mary leads us to Jesus, as St. Teresa of Calcutta reminded us often. When we go to Mary, we find Jesus.