From the cross, Jesus provided the individual He liked most in the world, His Blessed Mother Mary, to Saint John. He likewise provided her to us as our Mother most holy! In his Marian Spiritual Masterpiece, True Devotion to Mary, Saint Louis de Montfort highlights 10 of the most essential virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Let us present this list of Mary’’ s primary virtues.
Saint Louis de Montfort informs us:
True dedication to our Lady is holy, it leads us to prevent sin and to mimic the virtues of Mary. Her 10 primary virtues are: deep humbleness, vibrant faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, consistent self-denial, exceeding pureness, ardent love, brave perseverance, angelic compassion, and divine knowledge. (# 108)
Let us humbly plead our Blessed Mother Mary for the grace to comprehend these 10 virtues that she practiced constantly to a brave degree of excellence, however likewise let us plead for the grace to put these virtues into practice in our everyday walk of life!
.1. Deep Humility.
A modest individual acknowledges that all the excellent they have actually done, and can do, arises from the Presence of God in their life. Mary was most simple, calling herself the servant or the handmaid of the Lord. In her canticle of appreciation that we call The Magnificat (Lk. 1: 46-55), Mary mentions that God has actually looked with favor upon the humbleness of His handmaid.
Let us plead Mary for a meek and modest heart so that like her, we will associate our successes to God and our failures to ourselves.
.2. Vibrant Faith.
Faith is among the 3 doctrinal virtues—– hope, faith, and charity. Faith is thinking in God and His Word without seeing with our eyes. Jesus carefully reproved the questioning Thomas with these words: ““ Blessed are those who think without seeing.” ”( Jn. 20: 29) Mary is the lady of faith par quality.
Even though Mary experienced the Passion, suffering, and death of Jesus, she thought that He would dominate death. When we are lured to question, let us turn to Mary, the female of faith, and plead for her most effective intercession.
By offering her permission in the Annunciation—“– “ Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word.” ”( Lk. 1: 38)– Mary showed an exceptional mindset of obedience to the Word of God and rely on His holy will. When we are lured to turn and rebel versus God, let us, through Mary’’ s prayers and example, comply with God like Mary and like Jesus who ““ was loyal to death, even death on the cross.” ”( Phil.2: 8)
.4. Unceasing Prayer.
We can specify prayer as interaction with God. There is no much better example worldwide, aside from Jesus, with regard to a life of continuous prayer than that of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Bible informs us, ““ Mary contemplated these things in her heart.” ” (Lk. 2: 19) Continually, she thought about God in her mind and enjoyed God with all of her heart; she preserved continuous interaction with the Blessed Trinity: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The devil of laziness can assault everybody.
May Our Lady influence us to be continuous, impassioned, and faithful in prayer! Prayer is the crucial to our redemption. What air is to the lungs, prayer is to the soul.
.5. Consistent Self-Denial.
Another method of phrasing this is mortification—– the ascetical life which causes the magical life of union with God. Mary rejected and compromised herself in all locations and times. By doing so, she provided complete reign for God to operate in the totality of her life.
In Mary’’ s phantoms at both Lourdes and Fatima, she highly motivated the practice of prayer, however likewise that of sacrifice. By making sacrifices, we are mimicing Mary in the art of self-denial. Self-denial turns us towards God and far from self. Mary was never ever self-indulgent and constantly god-centered. May this be our design of life!
.6. Exceeding Purity.
One of the most superb virtues that defines the most Blessed Virgin Mary is that of her pristine pureness; Mary is called the Immaculate One. In Fatima, Our Lady regretfully revealed that many souls are lost to the everlasting fires of hell due to the fact that of sins versus the virtue of holy pureness.
Mary is the Perpetual Virgin. She was a virgin prior to the birth of Jesus, throughout the birth of Jesus, and after the birth of Jesus. Real dedication to Mary can assist us keep our pureness, and if we have actually lost it, to look for remediation through Sacramental Confession. Considering a gorgeous image, painting, or statue of Our Lady can impart in us worthy goals for pureness.
.7. Ardent Love.
Of all the virtues that we are contacted us to practice, that of ardent love, often called charity, is the best. Check out the lovely hymn of love of Saint Paul: I Corinthians 13 .
Our Lady practiced love to a superb degree and in 2 methods, for love or charity has 2 measurements. Mary at all times and in all locations liked God. Mary revealed concretely her love for God by ardent love for her next-door neighbor.
In the Annunciation, through her genuine Yes, Mary revealed her overall and unreserved love for God. Moving in rush to visit her cousin Elizabeth, Mary manifested excellent love for her next-door neighbor. In replica of Mary, might we state in the words of Saint Paul, ““ The love of God obliges me.” ”( 2 Cor.5: 14)
May we discover this double rule—– love of God and love of next-door neighbor—– and make every effort to live it out daily. Saint John of the Cross states: ““ In the golden of our presence, we will be evaluated on love.””
.8. Brave Patience.
Not one people can state that we are client at all times, in all locations, and in all scenarios. Unlike Mary, who manifested exceptional perseverance!
Consider Mary in her pregnancy, taking a trip the long trek to Bethlehem and after that being declined—– what excellent persistence! Losing the Child Jesus when He was twelve years of age for 3 long days prior to discovering Him in the Temple—– another symptom of brave perseverance! The majority of specifically, in accompanying Jesus in His Passion leading up to His harsh Crucifixion and death, Mary manifested an unrivaled perseverance!
When our persistence is tested, let us call out to Mary for her support. She will never ever fail us!
.9. Angelic Kindness.
The reverse of compassion is disrespect. Simply attempt to think of the method and way in which Mary should have treated her next-door neighbor! A warm welcome, a kind and winning smile, courtesy to the optimum, a mindful ear to listen—– these are clear symptoms of compassion, angelic generosity. Mary did all this to the greatest degree!
Saint Francis de Sales on this virtue commented: One can bring in more flies with a spoonful of honey then with a barrel filled with vinegar. Simply put, generosity brings in others to Christ, while extreme and disrespectful steps repel them. May Our Lady teach us what it implies to be kind and might we put it into practice!
.10. Heavenly Wisdom.
One of the superb titles offered to Mary in her remarkable Litany is that of Seat of Wisdom. A sensible individual understands what is crucial in life. Dynamic love for God and ardent desire for the redemption of never-ceasing souls are trademarks of real knowledge. Our Lady had a burning love for God and an ardent desire for the conversion of sinners and their everlasting redemption. ““ The Blessed Virgin stood firm in her union with her Son unto the cross … joining herself with his sacrifice in her mom’’ s heart. ” (Vat II, Lumen Gentium)
King Solomon was as soon as smart, however he offered into his weak point—– that of lustful desires—– and ended his life a fool. We plead the intercession of Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom to obtain for us not just knowledge now, however determination in this superb virtue up until the very end!
May we ardently prefer to understand, love, and mimic our Blessed Mother Mary! May we be encouraged with a firm choice to practice meditation regularly and busily on the virtues of Mary most holy and after that aim to live them out all the days of our lives! Holy Mary, Mother of God, wish us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.