MARY, OUR MOTHER

Sunday, March 04, 2007



THE PURIFICATION OF OUR LADY

4. Her Humility.
Here is the principal, the incomprehensible part of this mystery. Mary is so extraordinary in all, but particularly in Her humility.
Remember the love of Our Lady for virginity and how She was ready to renounce the glory of being the Mother of God in order to remain a virgin. And yet out of humility She now sacrifices the appearances of Her virginity and poses as an ordinary stained woman needing purification. One would say that Her love for humility brings Her to the point of such a total renunciation that She even gives up the external glory of virginity and appears as if She were neither the Mother of God nor a virgin but and ordinary soiled creature. How sublime is the humility of Mary! How humiliating is this obedience, and yet how promptly She obeys! What a delight She takes in humiliation!

Contemplate your Mother well. The more She humbles Herself, the greater She is. See Her, hidden among the Jewish women, just one of them. But see how God singles out and choses Her from the rest. She is the lily flower of candor. she is the hidden violet of sublime humility. How much glory must she have given to God through the exercise of those virtues! What delight will God have taken in Her!


Meditate profoundly. Compare yourself with Her. Throw your pride at Her feet. Shed your self-love and vanity. Try to follow Her footsteps.


[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]