Friday, July 13, 2007


3. Her Homage.
So crowned, Our Lady receives the homage of all the dwellers of Heaven. The Father extols Her as His well-beloved daughter and then Mary adores Him. The Son embraces His Mother and then Mary corresponds with loving tenderness. The Holy Spirit takes possession of His most pure spouse and Mary in return gives all the love of Her heart. Then the Virgins come and greet Her as the Virgin of Virgins. The Martyrs acclaim Her as their leader Who at the foot of the Cross set the standard of suffering and martyrdom. The Prophets acknowledge Her as the prodigious woman pre-announced by them. The Patriarchs find in Her the goal of all their hopes and holy impatience. The Angels proclaim Her their Queen and Mistress. Adam and Eve also approach and bless Her for having succeeded in satisfying for their sin so perfectly, since indeed it was thanks to Her that their children of wrath had become children of benediction. And then St. Elizabeth and Her beloved parents Joachim and Anne followed by St. Joseph Her happy spouse all gather around Her throne.

See that most humble Virgin now so exalted and extolled. Recall the Magnificat, Her canticle of thanksgiving to Almighty God. How well understood now are those words: Because He has looked graciously upon the lowliness of His handmaid. Because He who is mighty has wrought for me His wonders. Behold, from this day forward, all generations will count me blessed.

Do not, however, rest content with admiring this magnificent triumph. Do not stop at singing Her power and grandeur. Take this opportunity and ask your Mother to teach you, after Her example, the way of profound humility. Mary so crowned in Heaven is the embodiment, the exact fulfillment of those words of Our Lord: Whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

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