What Made Our Lady Great?

By: Deacon Marques Silva

Many of us spend most of our lives attempting to climb the corporate ladder. Most of us strive after money in order to live life on our own terms – let’s be honest, it is good to be in charge. Status has its privileges, but Our Lord desires something more from us. At the end of this month of May dedicated to our Lady, let’s listen to what Fr. William Most (of happy memory) writes about what made Our Lady so great:

Filippo_Lippi_Madonna_delle_RoccieOn at least two occasions, while teaching dramatically, as He often did, when a woman said: “Blessed is the womb that bore you, He replied, “Rather blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it”(Lk.11:27-28). Similarly, when His Mother had come to see Him when He was preaching, He said (Mk 3:35): “Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.” Vatican II explained well (LG § 58), “as she was faithfully doing.” In other words, out of two dignities, being the Mother of God, and doing the will of God, the second is greater. Yes, the first is so great that Pius XI said (Lux veritatis, Dec. 25, 1931, citing I.25.6.ad 4) that she “has a sort of infinite dignity from the infinite good that God is.” Yet it is still greater to hear the word of God and keep it. She is at the peak in both categories, but of the two, the greater is to hear the word of God and keep it. Her holiness, even at the start of her life, wrote Pius IX (Ineffabilis Deus), is so great that “none greater under God can be thought of, and only God can comprehend it”.

May we learn from her example to yield our control to her Son so that we might “may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10b)


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