Sunday, July 22, 2007


3. Fruits of This Love.
Above all it entitles us to have the certainty and the assurance of Her protection. Mary can longer help loving us even when She sees us utterly unworthy of Her love, even when we ungrateful children go to the extent of abandoning and despising the gift of Her love by preferring earthly interests. Her love rendered divine will accompany us in all the most difficult moments of our existence. If it is true that Mary on account of Her crown of wisdom has a perfect knowledge of our needs and if She has a superabundant power to come to the rescue through Her all-powerful intercession, She on account of Her love is never unwilling to come to our help. Consequently we should greet Her as Queen and Mother of Mercy, She wants to help us. Consult your heart. It will confirm this view and tell you that thus it has always been all your life long.

Finally, Our Lady, Queen of love, teaches you to direct your heart towards God. You must love God above all things with an intensity that should be paramount. This means that you must be ready to lose your goods, nay even your life, rather than offend Him. The devil will hamper you and will try to prevent you from fulfilling this most sweet duty. Instead, who can help you attain this end? Your Mother. First of all by Her example that you should imitate. Secondly, by Her love. To love Mary on account of Her union with God, is the love God. You have no excuse for being so cold in the love of God. What excuse can you allege for being slack in loving your Mother and Queen? See to it that your soul loves Mary as the daughter and handmaid of God. Do not let anyone surpass you in fulfillment of this sweet duty of love.

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