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The Joy of the Gospel “My Spirit Rejoices in God My Savior” Dr. Robert Fastiggi What does Mary teach me about happiness and hope? O ne of the most beautiful titles of Mary is “Cause of Our Joy” (Causa Nostrae Laetitiae). This title is found in the Litany of Loreto, a prayer to Mary given papal approval by Sixtus V in 1587. How, though, is the Blessed Mother “the cause of our joy”? A Special Grace Mary’s role as a source of joy and hope is rooted in salvation history. Vatican Council II, in Lumen Gentium no. 55, links Mary with the Old Testament’s “Daughter of Zion” who rejoices because “the King of Israel, the Lord” is in the midst of his people (cf. Zeph 3:14-15). In X\