MAY DEVOTION: UNDERSTANDING THE MARIAN TITLES IN THE LITANY OF LORETO – DAY 9: “MOTHER MOST AMIABLE/MATER AMABILIS”

Full title: The Virgin in Prayer Artist: Sassoferrato Date made: 1640-50 Source: http://www.nationalgalleryimages.co.uk/ Contact: picture.library@nationalgallery.co.uk Copyright © The National Gallery, London

Having journeyed and examined the glorious and awesome titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary as contained in her Litany of Loreto in this Marian month (of May) till date, one cannot but say that in each title or invocation, there is a beautiful story of salvation. Today, being the ninth day of our May devotion, we find ourselves stationed around a friendly and welcoming Marian title which serves as an indispensable human value in our relationship with the other. In other words, today, we arrived at the human value depicting the amiability of Mary: “Mother Most Amiable”. What does it mean to depict the Blessed Virgin Mary as most amiable?

According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, “Amiable derives from the Late Latin adjective ‘amicabilis,’ meaning ‘friendly,’ which in turn comes from the Latin word for ‘friend’ and can ultimately be traced back to ‘amare,’ meaning ‘to love.’” Therefore, invocation our Blessed Mother as “Mother Most Amiable”, we refer to her as ‘most friendly’ and ultimately, ‘most loveable.’ Little wonder, in some versions of the Litany, “Mother Most Loveable” is used.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is “Mater Amabilis” (Mother Most Amiable/Loveable), first because she was beloved by God. The Angel Gabriel tells us in Luke 1:28, that she is the ‘Full of Grace,’ that is, ‘she has found favour with God.’ God loves her so much that he considered her worthy (right before her conception) to be the Mother of His beloved Son; as such, making her immaculate at the moment of her conception in the womb of her mother; little wonder she says in Luke 1:49 “The Almighty has done great things for me, holy is His name.”

Therefore, having received these favours from God, she desired to charitably extend them to humankind in conformity with the will of God. One of the notable biblical experiences to this is found in the Gospel of John chapter 2 (In the marriage feast at Cana) where she manifested her amiability. Here, we see how she did not ignore the embarrassing situation of the lack of wine; rather, with an amiable spirit, she turned to her Lord and Saviour, saying: “They have no wine” (Jn. 2:3). In the end, she taught the servants to do whatever Christ tells them. Therefore, Mary is “Mother Most Amiable” because it is impossible in her nature to ignore or forsake those who seek her maternal help/intercession; her amiable/friendly/lovable being will not turn away from her children. Her amiability reflects her gentleness, selflessness, kindness, goodness, compassion, charity, tenderness, holiness, purity, etc. Pope Francis said in his homily during a Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica at the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12, 2018), that: “Mary is a woman who walks with the gentleness and tenderness of a mother, she makes her home in family life, she unties one knot after another of the many wrongs we manage to generate, and she teaches us to remain standing in the midst of storms…” Therefore, in the midst of the difficulties that surround us, let us remember that we’ve got an amiable/loveable mother who cares and loves us so much, ever ready to present our problems before our Lord. The first paragraph of the “Memorare” reads affirms that never was it known that anyone who fled to her protection, implored her help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided, and being inspired on that confidence, we turn to her in our sinful and sorrowful state.

The Blessed Virgin Mary is “Mother Most Amiable” because she does everything with love and for love. Also, she teaches us the importance of praising God in every circumstance of life, as we see in her “Magnificat”. She also teaches us amiability through the joys and sorrows of life, because she also passed through these experiences as well.

Therefore, my dear friends in Christ, do you have an anguished soul or upset? Approach Our Lady, “Mother most Amiable.” Are you suffering a lot and discouraged? Seek relief from the Blessed Virgin Mary, the “Mother Most Amiable.” Are you discouraged because of your many sins? Have confidence in the Virgin Mary, the “Mother Most Amiable.” Are you depressed? Lift your head and seek solace, peace and happiness in the most friendly Mother ever.

Above all, dearest friends, let us live this Marian month more intimately with the Blessed Virgin Mary, our most amiable mother. We are called to cling to this devotion faithfully, in order to be recipients of the manifold graces springing from her amiability.

Mother Most Amiable, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Shalom!
© Fr. Chinaka Justin Mbaeri, OSJ
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Elaine Villanueva
Elaine Villanueva
4 years ago

Prày fór Us who have recourse iñ Thee

Fr. Dr. Stanley Mathirappilly
Fr. Dr. Stanley Mathirappilly
3 years ago

hi fr. chinaka, your reflection on the mother most amiable is interesting. congratulations.

Lawrence Okonofua
Lawrence Okonofua
1 month ago

May we radiate the love we daily receive from our Blessed Mother

Aromashodu Bisi
Aromashodu Bisi
1 month ago

Mother most amiable pray for us. Amen

Miriam Akaakase
Miriam Akaakase
1 month ago

Mother Most Amiable, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

Sule Adanu
Sule Adanu
1 month ago

Our Mother Most Amiable, pray for us.

Sabina Onyebi
Sabina Onyebi
1 month ago

Mother most amiable pray for us amen.

Chris Onyegbule
Chris Onyegbule
1 month ago

Mary Mother most amiable help us dear Mother to conquer our fears and continue to gain your favours to Jesus Christ your Son and our Lord. Amen and Amen.

Angela Uso
Angela Uso
1 month ago

Mother Most Amiable pray for us

Victoria Agbonyeme
Victoria Agbonyeme
1 month ago

Mother most amiable, pray for us. AMEEEEEEEEEEEN. Well done ohooooo padre for all this detail explanation of the litany of blessed mother.

Ikemefuna
Ikemefuna
1 month ago

Mother Most Amiable… Pray for us.

Nwosu Christiana
Nwosu Christiana
1 month ago

Mother Most Amiable, pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

Titilayo Ogbor
Titilayo Ogbor
1 month ago

Amen

Isioma Okolo
Isioma Okolo
1 month ago

Oh Mother Most Amiable, in my depression and anxiety , I lift my head and seek thy solace, peace and happiness dear Mother. Help me to be worthy of the promises of Christ. Amen

Michael Umande
Michael Umande
1 month ago

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone who fly to thy protection, inspired by thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee O Virgin of Virgins, my Mother most Amiable, to thee I called, before thee, I kneel, sinful and sorrowful, O Mother of the Word incarnate, despise not my petitions but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen

Euniceverenyol
Euniceverenyol
1 month ago

Mother most amiable pray for us so that we may be made worthy for promises of Christ

MaryAnthony Bassey
MaryAnthony Bassey
1 month ago

Blessed Virgin Mary, our most amiable mother. Pray and intercede for us.

Ezeugwu Eucharia #G6sssa3 Done
Ezeugwu Eucharia #G6sssa3 Done
1 month ago

Mother most amiable, pray for us.

Ajang patricia ukeh
Ajang patricia ukeh
1 month ago

Mary mother most amiable..pray for us that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ Amen ❤️❤️

Justina Akende
Justina Akende
1 month ago

Mother most amiable, pray for us.Amen

Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
Okereafor Nkechi Valentina
1 month ago

Mother Most Amiable, pray for us who recourse to thee. Amen
Thank you Padre for your wonderful explanations.

Raphael Anyaogu
Raphael Anyaogu
1 month ago

Mother most amiable pray for us

Mrs. Olachi Peters
Mrs. Olachi Peters
1 month ago

May our prayers be answered mightily in Jesus name Amen

Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
Ngosoo Perpetua Chia
1 month ago

Mary our Mother Most Amiable, Pray for us Amen.

Judith Eruotor
Judith Eruotor
1 month ago

Mother most amiable pray for us amen

Linda John Ojeyokan
Linda John Ojeyokan
1 month ago

Amen

Jacy Maria Egbeh St Catherine, pray for the conver
Jacy Maria Egbeh St Catherine, pray for the conver
1 month ago

Mother most amiable, pray for us

Florence Agbidye
Florence Agbidye
1 month ago

Mother most amiable pray for my family

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