Today we’re going to talk again about Mama Mary, well, not about her exactly, but we’ll chat about why she’s just the perfect model and highest saint in the Catholic church.
“Put your hands in the air if you hear me out there. I’ve been looking for you day and night, shine a light in the dark. Let me see where you are ‘cause I’m not gonna leave you behind”
U.N.I.T.Y. was what we rapped about yesterday. So don’t get left behind and catch up! That was a Queen Latifah song? Forget it 🙂
What is it?
In picture form! Because, sometimes, it speaks a thousand words!
Why did I choose to share this particular “V” with you?
These ten virtues of the Blessed Virgin Mary are all found in scripture.
- Profound Humility: Knowing who she is before God, nothing more and nothing less
- Lively Faith: Constantly seeking God’s will and never settling for complacency
- Blind Obedience: Following God’s call without counting the cost
- Continual Prayer: Always being aware of God’s presence
- Universal Mortification: Seeking to lay down her life and her will at every moment
- Divine Purity: Having a heart immaculately clean and unstained by sin
- Ardent Charity: Letting her love for God be the driving force behind every decision
- Heroic Patience: Always trusting that God was on the move; having more faith in His plans than her own
- Angelic Sweetness: Radiating joy and peace to everyone she encountered
- Divine Wisdom: Always begging for God’s Spirit to guide her
See why she’s called the highest saint, Queen of Heaven, Our Lady, and truly Blessed?! Can you imagine encompassing all of that, all the time? Can you imagine what strength that took? Let’s try something, think of your kids or your neighbors’ kids that always want to know what you’re up to in the garage. Or maybe you don’t have neighbors, what about your brother’s kids, you love them, right? Children are a good in this world. It’s their innocence we’re drawn to. Such innocence. So imagine then, Mary, as a Mother, knowing full well that she just had to bear whatever came, always having to trust that she had no control, but was entrusted to help and guide her son, no matter what came – and man did it come!
Can you imagine knowing that a child you know, and see grow up, had to die? What would that feel like for you? Pretty rough. Anyone who could go through that, and still manage to trust and be a spiritual mother to others alive, and assumed into heaven? Where do I learn that peace? I wrote about these virtues a few months ago and what I said then hasn’t changed. I will always, always try to respond when things get rough through these virtues. I always find a peace that way, you know? I fall short sometimes in some of the virtues, while I’m strong in others. But I try, you know? I always try?
By all means, print this puppy out and keep it in your purse, or fanny pack, frame it, laminate it or give it to someone. If nothing else the image is soothing. Hail Mary, Blessed art thou among women, indeed.
Come back tomorrow to read all about my Catholic take on the letter W. I am blogging my way through the alphabet with others who are doing the same.
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