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Mary Lights the Way

Part 18: How Deepest Sorrow Became Boundless Compassion

Part 17: Mary, Most Sorrowful

Sadness in itself is not a virtue. It is why we suffer and how we respond to the sorrows in our life that make all the difference.

Part 16: Mary, Most Merciful

But as there never was, and never will be, anyone who loved God as much as Mary loved him, so there never was, and never will be anyone who loved her neighbour as much as she did.

Part 15: Mary, Most Patient

Think of the patience Mary must have had when she was awakened by Joseph in the middle of the night and told that their family would have to make a quick, nocturnal escape.

Part 14: The Challenge of Holy Poverty

What if we are not actually poor in material goods?

Part 13 : Mary, Most Poor

Part 12: Mary, Most Obedient

Your cat will never really obey you: Sometimes he will just agree with you." But that is not the Gospel virtue of "obedience" either.

Part 11: Deeper Dimensions of Our Lady's Devotion

Facing tough times? Call on your spiritual mother.

Part 10: Mary, Most Devout

Mary's fifth gospel virtue was devotion. Clearly, the Blessed Virgin's whole life journey was sustained and surrounded by prayer.

Part 9: Mary's Journey of Faith

Mary's virtue of faith was refined in the fire of God's love at every step of her life.

Part 8: Mary, Most Faithful

Authentic faith, like the virtue of faith in the heart of Mary, is more than just believing in the doctrines that God has revealed to us through Christ and his Church.

Part 7: Mary, Most Humble

As the saying goes, it is not so much to think less of yourself, but to think of yourself less.

Part 6: When It's Best to Run Away

Yep, sometimes it's not prudent to stay put.

Part 5: Mary, Most Prudent

Our Lady's second Gospel virtue was traditionally called "prudence" — but that's not a very attractive word in the way we speak today.

Part 4: Jesus Christ is a Jealous Lover

Let's expand on what we said about the great danger to purity of heart that comes from lust and dissolution.

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