Christmas brings the great mystery of expectation and the invisible presence of the Word “become flesh” in Mary to completion. Jesus is born for our world and Mary gives Him to us joyfully. Her contemplative motherhood continued even until the Cross, and will continue forever. The motherhood of Mary began at the Annunciation and grew in strength and intensity at Christmas, continuing to grow unto the Cross. There is a connection between Mary and the Cross because she is the Mother of Jesus. She is the mother of the priest, and she remains the Mother for eternity. Her motherhood is eternal precisely because of her very great and radical poverty, which caused this motherhood to have nothing human left to it: everything was transformed by grace.
Father Marie-Dominique Philippe, article published in December, 1993.