Mary Lights the Way

Part 18: How Deepest Sorrow Became Boundless Compassion

The following the 18th and final part of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

Consider old Simeon's prediction about the "sword" of sorrow that would one day pierce Mary's heart (Lk 2:35). There can be little doubt that this prophecy was fulfilled most of all on Calvary.

Part 17: Mary, Most Sorrowful

The following is part 17 of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

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

The following is part 16 of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

Mercy is the virtue that enables us to show love and compassion to those in need. In this way we reflect in our own lives the very nature of God Himself, who is "merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love" (Ps 103:8).

Saint Alphonsus Ligouri once wrote:

 

 

Part 15: Mary, Most Patient

The following is part 15 of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

Patience is the virtue that enables us to endure all the wrongs and misfortunes of life without discouragement, but instead with hope and trust in God.

Part 14: The Challenge of Holy Poverty

The following is part 14 of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

Last time we looked at the tremendous joy that can fill the hearts of those who lead a life of Gospel simplicity.

But what if we are not actually poor in material goods? Must we give away all our wealth in order to find the joy of holy poverty that Mary found? No doubt some of us are called to do so.

Part 12: Mary, Most Obedient

The following is part 12 of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

The virtue of "obedience" has a bad name these days. Some people think that to be obedient means to be a mindless slave and to accept being treated as a child. Household cats seem to be of this opinion as well. As one observer put it, "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 10: Mary, Most Devout

The following is part 10 of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

Mary's fifth gospel virtue was devotion. The English word "devotion," of course, has several possible meanings, but to begin with, we shall use it to mean the virtue of taking full advantage of all the channels of grace that our Lord has given to us, especially prayer and the sacraments.

Clearly, the Blessed Virgin's whole life journey was sustained and surrounded by prayer.

Part 9: Mary's Journey of Faith

The following is part 9 of a special series on the role Mary plays in the life of the Church.

Mary's virtue of faith was refined in the fire of God's love at every step of her life. She faithfully journeyed with her Son through His "hidden years" in Nazareth in expectation of the advent of His public mission. Through the gathering storm of opposition to His ministry in Galilee, she remained with Him, though at a distance.

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