The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Cause of Our Joy

Jesus Christ is the real, the infinite source of our joy. Unfortunately for the human race, sin entered into the heart of the first man and drew upon him and his posterity misery and death.

The pleasant relationship between the Creator and His creatures were severed; their close union was broken. God sought man, after his fall, where He was wont to hold colloquy with him, but man fled from the face of his Creator, knowing that he was no longer worthy to appear before Him.

It was a sad lot for man. Was this sorrowful condition to endure always; was no reconciliation to be affected; had peace for all time fled from his soul? No; the merciful Saviour offers to make reparation for the wrong and restore man to the friendship of his Creator. Jesus, our loving Lord, is our joy, for we were in bondage and He freed us.

He loved us even unto death, and that the ignominious death of the Cross.

Our joy is founded on the mercy of God, Who will heed the prayer and accept the sacrifice of His well-beloved Son for us. “Let your soul rejoice in His mercy” (Eccl. 51:37). It rests on our confidence and hope in God. “For my hope is in the Eternal, and joy is come upon me from the Holy One” (Baruch 4:23).

It comes from God’s own promise to us. He will send a Saviour who will crush the head of the tempter and restore peace to the heart of man. “I,” said the Lord of Hosts, “I Myself will comfort you” (Isaias 51:12). “Then shalt the Virgin rejoice in the dance, the young men and the old men together: and I will turn their mourning into joy, and will comfort them, and make them joyful after their sorrow.

And I will fill the soul of the priests with fatness: and my people shall be filled with My good things,” saith the Lord (Jeremiah 31:13,14).

The coming of our Redeemer in our midst, the efficacy of the merits of His passion and death applied to us, give all egress to our souls. In His day the prophet Habacuc exclaimed: “I will rejoice in the Lord: and I will joy in God my Jesus” (Habacuc 3:18).

Hundreds of years before the advent of the Redeemer, the prophet announced His name and rejoiced in Him. He foresaw that through Jesus all would be delivered from the slavery of the most wicked one, and that we would be blessed and would rejoice in Him. Happy is the soul that corresponds to the love of Jesus for us. He is our joy, our peace, our life. He is our all.

But who is the woman promised by the Almighty, whose seed should be our Saviour Jesus, the joy of the human race? All generations know her and call her blessed. She is none other than the humble Virgin Mary of Nazareth, the Mother of Jesus. On her answer to the Angel whom God sent to announce to her that she was to become the Mother of His Divine Son, depended the coming of Jesus, who is our joy.

Her consent was awaited by the Most High, and when she spoke her flat: “Be it done unto me according to Thy word” (Luke 1:38), Jesus nestled ‘mid the lilies of Mary’s virginal womb, took of her substance and was born of her.

“Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” (Luke 1:28). You pleased the Lord our God, who chose you for the Mother of His Son, who is our joy. We hail you, O most sweet and loving Mother as the cause of her joy, and all generations, throughout the endless ages, shall call you blessed.