St. Anselm says, that where there is the
greatest purity, there is the greatest charity:
"The purer and more emptied of self is a heart,
the more it will be filled with charity towards God."
Most holy Mary, because she was all humility, and
entirely emptied of self, was entirely filled with
the divine love, so that she surpassed all men and
all angels in love to God, as St. Bernardine teaches.
Therefore St. Francis of Sales has justly called her:
The queen of love.The Lord indeed has given to men the
precept to love him with their whole heart: "Thou shalt
love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart."
Excerpt from The Glories of Mary, by Alphonsus Liguori, Section II
Mary stored up all these things in her heart
While Mary contemplated all she had come to know through reading, listening and observing,
she grew in faith, increased in merits, and was more illuminated by wisdom and more consumed
by the fire of charity. The heavenly mysteries were opened to her, and she was filled with joy;
she became fruitful by the Spirit, was being directed toward God, and watched over protectively
while on earth.
So remarkable are the divine graces that they elevate one from the lowest depths
to the highest summit, and transform one to a greater holiness. How entirely blessed was the mind of
the Virgin which, through the indwelling and guidance of the Spirit, was always and in every way open
to the power of the Word of God. She was not led by her own senses, nor by her own will; thus she
accomplished outwardly through her body what wisdom from within gave to her faith.
It was fitting for divine Wisdom, which created itself a home in the Church, to use the intervention
of the most blessed Mary in guarding the law, purifying the mind, giving an example of humility and
providing a spiritual sacrifice.
Imitate her, O faithful soul. Enter into the deep recesses of your heart so that you may be
purified spiritually and cleansed from your sins. God places more value on good will in all
we do than on the works themselves.
Therefore, whether we give ourselves to God in the work of contemplation or whether
we serve the needs of our neighbor by good works, we accomplish these things because
the love of Christ urges us on.
The acceptable offering of the spiritual purification is accomplished not in a man-made
temple but in the recesses of the heart where the Lord Jesus freely enters.
From a sermon by St. Laurence Justinian, bishop
(Sermo 8, in festo Purificationis B.M.V.: Opera, 2, Venetiis 1751, 38-39)
Prayer for the Help of the Blessed Virgin Mary
May we be assisted, we beseech Thee, O Lord,
by the intercession of Thy glorious
Mother, the ever-Virgin Mary; that we, who have
been enriched by her perpetual blessings, may be
delivered from all dangers, and through her
loving kindness made to attain purity of heart,
mind and body: who lives and reigns world without end. Amen
by Juan Antonio Frias y Escalante; 1663; Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest;
Head of the Madonna
by Rogier van der Weyden; 1460; Musée du Louvre, Paris;
The Feast of the Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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