At creation, we receive a call that invites us to know God, love Him, serve Him and be happy with Him forever in the afterlife. We Catholics respond to this call at baptism by following in the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ accompanied by our Mother Mary. To get closer to this path is to live a life inspired by the “Virtues of Mary”. Reflecting on Mary’s virtues is a way to develop a Christian spirituality and connect to her call to follow the path of discipleship in Christ. There are many virtues of Mary, however, I shall briefly explain seven of them below:
Our Blessed Mother’s path was full of trials and suffering, but she endured her path with great patience. Imagine how painful it was for our Mother to see her Son on the cross, for example. The way she knew how to trust God with her destiny is a virtue that serves as an inspiration.
The mother of Christ sought silence and contemplation in her prayers in her eternal search for a closer relationship with God. We are often told in Scripture that she “pondered the divine mysteries in her heart.” This reveals to us the level of her interior life and contemplation before God. This is an example of how to take the Lord with us, in our hearts and at all times and places.
Furthermore, Mary was also an example of obedience to the desires of God, who entrusted her with an extraordinary mission in relation to man’s redemption. She said “YES” to the Lord, obeyed Him in everything, respecting the authority and divine plans of her own free will.
All humanity fits in the love that Mary feels for each of her children. As she became the mother of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, she also accepted the mission to care for each one of us, who are brothers of Christ; little wonder Christ entrusted that task to her on the Cross as “Mother of the Church.” In this way, love with the strength of the soul reaches us and touches us, inspiring us to imitate her virtues and take care of our space within Mary’s heart.
This is a virtue of Mary that represents all her courage over the painful moment of seeing her own Son on the cross. Still, our mother embraced her life, full of sufferings and trials, and through this attitude, she gave another demonstration of her immense commitment to the causes of God.
He who is clothed with the virtues of Christ is pure. Mary is, therefore, the first human who was not only clothed with the virtues of Christ but also conceived and bore in her womb, the embodiment of all the virtues there is – our Lord Jesus Christ. In order to be a worthy bearer of Christ the purest of all and the source of all virtues, she must be pure herself. The purity of Mary has a special attraction, a real fascination in the innocence of children, in the chastity of intending couples, in the chastity of consecrated religious, in the chastity of the married, in the charity and generosity of people, and in the simple and humble faith, we demonstrate. As such, we must continually rely on the help of God, through the intercession of our “Mother Most Pure” that we may come to imitate her purity which has its roots in Christ.
Finally, we cannot forget the example of faith that Mary left us. Since receiving the message that she would be the mother of the Son of God, she stood firm with unshakable confidence in the Lord’s plans. She lived her destiny and the difficulties that presented themselves throughout her earthly life with maximum intensity. This virtue of Mary leads us to reflect the grandeur of the model left by our Mother for us, her children.
Above all, we have seen that in the course of our lives, our Blessed Mother becomes a sister of faith, who accompanies us and illuminates every step of our journey with Christlike virtues. Therefore, as we go through the maturing process in Christian spirituality, we have the opportunity as children of the Blessed Virgin Mary to grow in virtue as true disciples of Christ.
Through the intercession of the virtuous Virgin Mary, may Almighty God bless + you, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
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