The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – House of Gold

Moses having gone up into the mountain, God spoke to him, saying: “Speak to the children of Israel that they bring just fruits to Me: of every man that offers of his own accord, you shall take: gold and silver and brass.” “And they shall make Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in the midst of them” (Exodus 25:2,3,8).

The tabernacle that God wished Moses to build, and which he planned for him, was to contain the Testament which He would give Him. It was to be, as it were, the dwelling place of God among His people. From it He would speak to Moses and give him the commands He would have the children of Israel to follow. Of the metals that were to be used in the making of the sanctuary, gold was to be the most conspicuous. He instructed Moses to overlay the tabernacle within and without with the purest gold. In a word, all things ordered for its construction were to be made entirely of gold, or at least they should be overlaid with the purest of it.

This sanctuary was a figure of the one He determined from all eternity, to make for Himself, a living tabernacle wherein He would truly take up His abode and dwell among us. It was to be none other than His pure, chaste and immaculate Virgin Mother Mary.

If the most precious metals were used in the building of the tabernacle, He gave command to His servant, Moses, to make, how supremely fine and valuable will be those He shall select to construct His real living sanctuary among men! But the beauty of His sanctuary is from within. We shall find it in the exalted virtues that adorned the most pure soul of Mary. So great was her loveliness that she was saluted upon the part of God by the Angel: “Hail, full of grace.” Because of it, Jesus chose her as His Mother, and the Holy Ghost as His spouse.

God is charity, His Divine Son is the embodiment of charity, and the Holy Ghost is the spirit of charity. How intense must be the virtue of charity in the humble Virgin of Nazareth, who was to shelter Eternal Charity in her!

“If then,” writes Saint James, “you fulfill the royal law, according to the Scriptures, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, you do well” (James 2:8). As the heavens envelop the earth, giving it light, warmth, fertility, charity embraces all, does good to all, lifts up, heats, nourishes all. By its sweet and gentle influence, the most obdurate are softened, the most sterile are made fertile. It is the queen of all other virtues, and is the first law of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings. “Charity is patient, is kind; charity envies not, deals not perversely; is not puffed up; is not ambitious, seeks not her own; is not provoked to anger; thinks no evil: bears all things, believes all things, endures all things: charity never falls away” (I Corinthians 12:1,5,7,8).

In these praises of charity, the Apostle gives us a true picture of the life of the Blessed Virgin. Out of love for God, she consecrated her being to Him. Out of love for God and charity for her neighbor, she condescends to become the Mother of the Man of sorrows. She watched over Him in the manger; she went with Him into exile; she accompanied Him in His journeyings; she suffered with Him during His bitter passion; she stood by Him in the throes of death, and her own soul a sword did pierce when the heart of that Divine Son was transfixed upon the Cross.

How beautiful is Thy tabernacle, O Lord! How pure, how chaste! How resplendent with virtue! It is overlaid from without and within with the purest gold, that charity, which “bears all things, endures all things.” That “charity” which “never falls away.”

Mary is the most perfect type of the charity of God. O Mother of divine love, O immaculate Sanctuary of our Redeemer, O living chaste Tabernacle of the Holy Ghost, we hail you as the House of Gold, planned and fashioned by the hand of God for His Sanctuary of Sanctuaries among us. For in you, the “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”