There is certainly not enough time in this quiet moment in which my son is napping and therefore, allowing me to write this post, nor are there enough hours in my lifetime to allow a full and detailed explanation which gives justice to why I love the Blessed Virgin as much as I do.
Simply, I love the Blessed Virgin Mary because Jesus tells me to.
“Near the cross of Jesus stood His mother and her sister, as well as Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, here is your son.” Then He said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” So from that hour, this disciple took her into his home.…”
Before he was crucified, Jesus told his disciple, John, to take His mother as his own mother. As Christians, we are all called to bear the image of God and to be disciples of Christ. Jesus loved His mother and therefore, I love her too. But that isn’t the only reason.
The Blessed Virgin Mary was a human just as I am—just as we all are.
Our Blessed Virgin Mary is the epitome of a strong, faithful, loving and inspirational Catholic Mother. Motherhood is wonderful but, at times, can be trying. I often think of Mary as a mother herself and pray for faith, hope and love. Entrusting myself into her care allows her to inspire me when life is difficult but also to celebrate all the joys in my life as well.
The Blessed Virgin Mary is mother to the entire world and to each one of us.
One week ago today, I made my Total Consecration to Jesus Christ through Mary, according to St. Louis de Montfort. The book that I used to make the consecration states: “Through Mary salvation came into our world and through Mary we can experience the fullness of this same salvation which is nothing less than a total sharing, a profound participation, in the life of Jesus Christ. In the words of Father de Montfort, no one can truly be a child of God the Father without also being a child of Mary.”
Who was more of a faithful and dedicated follower of Jesus Christ than Mary, His mother?
The Blessed Virgin Mary was with Jesus from the moment of His Incarnation in her womb; to when she and St. Joseph found Him in the temple with the priests, to when Jesus performed the first of His miracles at the wedding at Cana, at His death, resurrection and ascension into heaven.
I strive to be more like the Blessed Virgin Mary in staying close to Jesus Christ throughout all my life, regardless if I am going through a difficult time or if I am celebrating happy moments.
How could one not love the mother of God?
Growing up, I remember that my grandmother had a special devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I believe that is what laid the foundation for my love and devotion to Our Lady as well. My grandmother always blew a kiss to the Blessed Mother upon entering and leaving our church and I always did the same.
I still do and now, my son does the same to all images and statues of Jesus and or the Blessed Mother. It is wonderful to witness and brings fond memories of my nonna each time he brings his chubby hand to his mouth.
“The strongest tendency of Mary is to unite us to Jesus Christ, her Son, and the greatest desire of her Son is that we come to him by means of his most holy Mother.” ~St. Louis Marie de Montfort.
“Mary’s greatness consists in the fact that she wants to magnify God, not herself.” ~Pope Benedict XVI
TOTUS TUUS EGO SUM
I am all yours, O my Jesus,
And all that I have is yours,
your most holy Mother.
~St. Louis de Montfort
One more quote, I promise! As St. Maximilian Kolbe said “Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
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As always, thank you for reading. God bless you and may the Blessed Virgin Mary be with you always!