Mary, Woman of Faith (1)

– through the eyes of Saint Louise and… the Second Vatican Council


“The Founders inculcated in the Daughters of Charity the love and imitation of the Virgin Mary, inviting them to contemplate her as (…) Mother of the Church and only Mother of the Company, to whom Saint Louise dedicated the infant Community, which she wished to place under her protection forever.” (Constitutions of the Daughters of Charity, 15b)

mary_faith_louise[Saint Louise de Marillac] (A.32 On the virtues of the Most Holy Virgin)   Her conception which God made immaculate in anticipation of the merits of the life of her Son.

All the graces infused to her soul because of the choice which God made of her to be His mother.

Her birth; her most pure life dedicated to the service of the Temple; and her vow of virginity.

Her marriage; her submission and dependence; her trust in Divine Providence; her tranquility; the inexhaustible spring of all the virtues of her beautiful soul during her marriage, sustained as she was by her great humility which kept ever before her eyes the work which God was accomplishing in her.

Her complete detachment and the sweet tranquility of her soul during the passion and death of her Son.

Her renunciation of all things and her willingness to remain on earth after the Ascension of her Son because of her pure love of God and her zeal for the salvation of souls, for which she labored for the remainder of her life, thereby imitating perfectly the Spirit of her Son.

(A. 32b Thought on the Blessed Virgin) Prostrate yourself before the Holy Virgin whom God willed to redeem before He created her. Reveal your conscience to her and ask her to obtain for you conversion of life, deliverance from your most urgent needs as well as a greater love for her Son and closer union with His divine humanity.

mary_faith_vatican[Second Vatican Council – Lumen Gentium] 56. (…)Thus Mary, a daughter of Adam, consenting to the divine Word, became the mother of Jesus, the one and only Mediator. Embracing God’s salvific will with a full heart and impeded by no sin, she devoted herself totally as a handmaid of the Lord to the person and work of her Son, under Him and with Him, by the grace of almighty God, serving the mystery of redemption. Rightly therefore the holy Fathers see her as used by God not merely in a passive way, but as freely cooperating in the work of human salvation through faith and obedience. For, as St. Irenaeus says, she “being obedient, became the cause of salvation for herself and for the whole human race.”(6*) Hence not a few of the early Fathers gladly assert in their preaching, “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience; what the virgin Eve bound through her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.”

64. The Church indeed, contemplating her hidden sanctity, imitating her charity and faithfully fulfilling the Father’s will, by receiving the word of God in faith becomes herself a mother. By her preaching she brings forth to a new and immortal life the sons who are born to her in baptism, conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of God. She herself is a virgin, who keeps the faith given to her by her Spouse whole and entire. Imitating the Mother of her Lord, and by the power of the Holy Spirit, she keeps with virginal purity an entire faith, a firm hope and a sincere charity.