MARY, OUR MOTHER

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The glory of her Daughter will reflect back on her through all generations

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Mary of Nazareth Association

November 7 – Coptic Church: Feast of Saint Anne

The glory of her Daughter will reflect back on her through all generations

God, who had predestined this child to become the grandmother of the Savior, filled her with the most remarkable graces. After Mary, no other woman was more blessed and privileged than Saint Anne.

She surpassed all other girls—her companions—in piety, modesty, reverence and holiness in all her behavior. When it pleased God to unite her life with that of Saint Joachim ("God grants"), Anne ("Grace") was a considerate and charitable wife. Then, God kept her from enjoying motherhood for a long time. She humbly submitted to this trial and used it for her sanctification.

This test was followed by a great joy because from the union of Joachim and Anne, who were already old, came the birth of the one who was to be the Mother of the Savior and the Co-Redemptrix of mankind.

It was a great honor for Saint Anne to have given birth to the Mother of God. But she deserves far more glory for having formed the Heart of Mary in virtue and innocence! The Church will celebrate in all ages the maternal piety of Saint Anne, and the glory of her Daughter will reflect back on her through all generations.

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