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Archbishop Joseph Harris crowns a statue of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary at the Our Lady of Montserrat RC Church, Tortuga. Parish priest Fr Jose Marie Thekkikutte looks on. Photo: Elmo Griffith

Do you want to know how to love as Christ loved and put others before yourself? Turn to His mother, Mary. This was the message given by Archbishop Joseph Harris at Our Lady of Montserrat RC Church, Tortuga last Sunday at a Mass to end the parish’s Novena to Our Lady of the Rosary.

Preaching the homily, the Archbishop said “Devotion to Mary is ensuring that Mary teaches us how to love as she taught Christ how to love … Humanly speaking, Jesus was the person He was because Mary taught Him. Mary taught Him to walk, Mary taught Him to pray and Mary taught Him to think of others before He thought of Himself. If Mary taught Jesus, she could teach us …we ask Mary to teach us how to love God as she taught her son, Jesus, how to love.”

He said the Commandments are summed up in putting God first and loving your neighbour as Christ loved. Thinking of others before ourselves could include not being able to have our favourite part of the chicken during a meal, or telling a waitress she forgot to bill for an item ordered at a restaurant.

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