From the cross, Jesus gave the person He cherished most on earth, His Blessed Mother Mary, to Saint John. He too established her to us as our Mother most holy! In his Marian Spiritual Masterpiece, True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis de Montfort foregrounds ten of the most important virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Let us put forth this list of Mary’s principal virtues.
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True devotion to our Lady is holy, it leads us to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of Mary. Her ten principal decencies are: deep modesty, lively faith, blind reverence, unceasing petition, constant self-denial, excelling purity, passionate compassion, gallant fortitude, ethereal kindness, and heavenly profundity. (# 108)
Let us meekly sidestep our Blessed Mother Mary for the goodnes to understand these ten perfections that she rehearsed always to a heroic severity of perfection, but too make us entreat for the forgivenes to frame these perfections into practice in our daily walk of life!
1. Deep Humility
A humble person recognizes that all the good they have done, and can do, results from the Presence of God in “peoples lives”. Mary was most humble, announcing herself the servant or the handmaid of the Lord. Likewise, in her canticle of adoration that we announce The Magnificat( Lk. 1: 46 -5 5 ), Mary states that God has appeared with regard upon the modesty of His handmaid.
Let us plead Mary for a meek and humble nature so that like her, we will attribute our success to God and our loss to ourselves.
2. Lively Faith
Faith is one of the three theological virtues–faith, hope, and benevolence. Faith is believing in God and His Word without investigating with our eyes. Jesus gently scolded the doubting Thomas with these paroles: “Blessed are the people who belief without seeing.”( Jn. 20: 29) Mary is the woman of sect par excellence.
Even though Mary evidenced the Passion, suffering, and death of Jesus, she felt that he would overcome extinction. Therefore, “when were” seduced to disbelieve, let us turn to Mary, the woman of faith, and request for her most powerful intercession.
By giving her acceptance in the Annunciation–“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.”( Lk. 1: 38 )– Mary exposed an admirable attitude of obedience to the Word of God and trust in His holy will. When we are invited to rebel and turn against God, cause us, through Mary’s petitions and pattern, obey God like Mary and like Jesus who “was obedient to demise, even fatality on the cross.”( Phil. 2: 8)
4. Unceasing Prayer
We can characterize petition as communication with God. There is no better example in the world, aside from Jesus, with respect to a life of constant prayer than that of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Scripture tells us, “Mary studied these things in her heart.”( Lk. 2: 19) Continually, she thought of God in her brain and loved God with all of her soul; she maintained constant communication with the Blessed Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The savage of laziness can attack all of us.
May Our Lady inspire us to be constant, passionate, and faithful in prayer! Indeed, petition is the key to our salvation. What aura is to the lungs, devotion is to the soul.
5. Constant Self-Denial
Another way of wording this is mortification–the ascetical life which leads to the supernatural life of union with God. Mary repudiated and sacrificed herself in all period and locates. By doing so, she committed full reign for God to work in the entirety of her life.
In Mary’s shadows at both Lourdes and Fatima, she strongly encouraged these best practices of prayer, but too that of relinquish. By making relinquishes, we are imitating Mary in the art of self-denial. Self-denial turns us towards God and away from self. Mary was always God-centered and never self-centered. May this be our style of life!
6. Surpassing Purity
One of the most sublime qualities that marks the most Blessed Virgin Mary is that of her spotless integrity; Mary is known as the Immaculate One. In Fatima, Our Lady sadly expressed that most spirits are lost to the eternal barrages of blaze because of sins against the virtue of holy purity.
Mary is the Perpetual Virgin. She was a virgin before the birth of Jesus, during the birth of Jesus, and after the birth of Jesus. True devotion to Mary can help us maintain our purity, and if we have lost it, to seek restoration through Sacramental Confession. Contemplating a beautiful depict, covering, or statue of Our Lady can instill in us royal dreams for purity.
7. Ardent Love
Of all the righteousness that we are called to practice, that of rabid love, sometimes called kindnes, is the greatest. Read the beautiful chant of cherish of Saint Paul: I Corinthians 13.
Our Lady rehearsed love to a lofty degree and in two ways, for love or benevolence has two features. Mary at all times and in all places desired God first and foremost. However, Mary uttered concretely her passion for God by fervent love for her neighbour.
In the Annunciation, through her unconditional Yes, Mary showed her total and unreserved love for God. However, moving in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth, Mary showed enormous desire for her neighbour. In imitation of Mary, may we say in the words of Saint Paul, “The desire of God enforces me.”( 2 Cor. 5: 14)
May we learn this doubled commandment–love of God and enjoy of neighbor–and strive to live it out on a daily basis. Saint John of the Cross territory: “In the sunset of our existence, we will be judged on love.”
8. Heroic Patience
Not one of us can say that we are patient at all times, in all places, and in all circumstances. Unlike Mary, who manifested impressive fortitude!
Consider Mary in her gestation, traveling the long trek to Bethlehem and then being rejected–what immense equanimity! Losing the Child Jesus when He was twelve years of age for three long periods before obtain Him in the Temple–another manifestation of intrepid patience! Most extremely, in associated Jesus in His Passion leading up to His brutal Crucifixion and demise, Mary revealed an unequaled equanimity!
When our composure is put to the test, give us call out to Mary for her relief. She will never fail us!
9. Angelic Kindness
The opposite of kindness is rudeness. Exactly try to imagine the action and politenes in which Mary must have treated her neighbor! A very warm welcome, a kind and earning smile, courtesy to the maximum, an attentive ear to listen–these are clear manifestations of kindness, ethereal kindness. Mary did all this to the highest degree!
Saint Francis de Sales on this excellence noted: One can entice more flies with a spoonful of honey then with a barrel full of vinegar. In other messages, kindness attracts others to Christ, while inconsiderate and drastic steps repel them. May Our Lady teach us what it means to be kind and may we framed it into practice!
10. Heavenly Wisdom
One of the sublime claims given to Mary in her marvelous Litany is that of Seat of Wisdom. A wise person knows what is most important in life. Dynamic enjoyed for God and ardent desire for the saving of immortal feelings are hallmarks of genuine wise. Our Lady had a burning cherished for God and an ardent desire for the transformation of sinners and their everlasting salvation. “The Blessed Virgin continued in her consolidation with her Son unto the cross … affiliating herself with his relinquish in her mother’s heart.”( Vat II, Lumen Gentium)
King Solomon was once wise, but he yielded into his weakness–that of lustful desires–and intent his life a chump. We entreat the intercession of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom to attain for us not only wisdom now, but diligence in this sublime virtue until the very end!
May we ardently desire to know, affection, and imitate our Blessed Mother Mary! May we be motivated with a house decision to meditate routinely and fervently on the virtues of Mary most holy and then strive to live them out all the days of “peoples lives”! Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners , now and at the hour of our extinction. Amen.
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