MARY, OUR MOTHER

Thursday, September 17, 2015

God asked, but Mary could have refused



* September 17 – Our Lady of the Virtues and Greatness of Mary (La Flèche, France)   * God asked, but Mary could have refused ----- A Moment with Mary --

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September 17 – Our Lady of the Virtues and Greatness of Mary (La Flèche, France)  

God asked, but Mary could have refused


Annunciation by Paolo de Matteis, 1712. The white lily in the angel's hand is symbolic of Mary's purity in Marian art. (Wikipedia)
The angel Gabriel greeted the Virgin Mary as “Full of Grace,” which is enough to give us an idea of her magnificence! From the moment of her conception she was preserved, in anticipation, of original sin by the merits of Redemption. Mary was born with the perfection of the natural gifts of all kinds, which God had given to His creation before Adam's fall…

Of course, we must not forget to add the gift of grace to all these natural gifts! Since Mary was not marred by any personal weaknesses due to sin, nor by any sin at all for that matter, even venial, these gifts, while filling her with grace, were able to shine forth through her body, soul and spirit.

Yet Mary was no less a free creature than Adam and Eve were in Paradise, and the “Yes” she gave Gabriel, the messenger of God, at the Annunciation, was a free “Yes” through and through. It was a “Yes” spoken freely and by choice. God asked her and Mary could have said “no”... However, she said “Yes,” in absolute obedience whereas Eve, by disobeying, had caused the fall of mankind... Mary was full of grace on one hand, but free on the other. Like any other creature, she had to practice the moral virtues (i.e. natural) and the theological virtues (i.e. supernatural), in order to faithfully progress along the path that God set before her…

The Mary of Nazareth Team

Annunciation by Murillo, 1655
(Wikipedia)