MARY, OUR MOTHER

Saturday, July 21, 2007



MARY'S THREEFOLD CROWN

2. Queen of Love.
And since you now see Mary crowned as the Queen of Love, try to enter into Her heart a little deeper. God is love, so Mary most resembles Him because there is no one who loves with more vehemence than She. If love was so powerful that it brought God down to the earth and impelled Him to die for us, how great will that love shine now?

God was entitled to all the love of the human heart. He demanded it; but ungrateful men refused to correspond. God then set about looking for a heart that should compensate Him for that want of love on our part. He was looking for a heart that alone would love Him with a more profound and sincere love than all the rest of the hearts of men all together. Now this heart where the love of god can rest and find its complacency in a perfect manner, that heart which gives Him satisfaction and is worthy of Him is, after the Heart of Jesus, the most pure Heart of Mary.

Rejoice at the thought that God has found in the love of Our Lady the correspondence that He deserves. It is thanks to Her love that the creation of mankind has not turned out to be utterly useless, disappointing and fruitless. Put all together the love of the saints and angels of heaven; yet you will still exclaim with the Church: Its foundations rest on the highest mountains. All the love of the saints and angels is nothing compared with that of the heart of the Virgin. Where they all end, there She begins. What is summit and climax for men is just a foundation and beginning for Her. How happy should we feel at the thought that there is at least one heart that so loves God!

And then what should we say of the love that Mary bears us? She loves us with the heart of a Mother. All the tenderness of a mother's love, all the maternal fondness is magnified to near infinity in the Heart of Mary. See how during Mary's life on earth the natural love of a mother becomes supernatural, and is now rendered divine by the Holy Spirit. It is absolutely impossible for us to fathom that love. Be ashamed of yourself and be persuaded that only by looking at God and seeing Mary in Him you can understand what the word "love" means. Compare your love and the love of your fellow creatures to that. My God, what things men call love!

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