The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Mirror of Justice

God, who is infinite perfection, is infinite justice. Every conceivable or possible perfection is in Him in an infinite degree so that the union of them all constitute in Him but one infinite perfection, since He is the only infinite Being. There is nothing, nor can there be anything, wanting in Him.

“Glorify the Lord as much as you can, for He will yet far exceed, and His magnificence is wonderful. Blessing the Lord, exalt Him as much as you can, for He is above all praise. When you exalt Him, put forth all your strength, and be not weary: for you can never go far enough.

Who shall see Him and declare Him? And who shall magnify Him as He is from the beginning” (Ecc. 43:32-35). The more you study, admire, praise and magnify Him, the more scope you find to study, admire, praise and glorify Him.

In comparison to what He is, all our admiration, all our laudation of Him are less than the grain of sand compared to the universe, less than the dew drop, compared with the oceans of the world. Infinite in all things, there is nothing that can be added to Him. He gives of His treasures without diminution or change in Him. Whatever of perfection there is in the angels, in men, in all His creatures, it is in Him without limit, infinitely. He is infinitely justice, because He is infinite perfection.

“Infinite wisdom,” says the Holy Scripture, “reaches from end to end mightily and orders all things sweetly” (Wisdom 8:1).

In the incarnation, God, according to His infinite justice, brought together two extremes, two things the most widely different from one another, the infinite and finite, the divine and human. All was in disorder, but in becoming man, God reestablished harmony everywhere and in all things.

“Behold,” says the Prophet Isaias, “a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel” (Isaiah 7:14). Who He is, Saint Paul tells us: “And evidently great is the mystery of godliness, which was manifested in the flesh, was justified in the spirit, appeared unto angels, hath been preached unto the Gentiles, is believed in the world, is taken up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16).

He is the Word made flesh, true God and true man. As God, He is equal in all things to His Father. He possesses infinite justice, which is infinite perfection. The Incarnation is the masterpiece of the Almighty, more stupendous than the creation of the universe. There is an infinitely wider difference between God and man than there is between the world and nothingness. Man, the king of creation, is finite, so that the difference between Him and nothingness is not infinite whilst it is infinite between God and His creature.

But Mary, the ever glorious Virgin Mother of God, is the masterpiece of His creation. She possesses, in a super-eminent degree, all graces, all perfections. There is neither spot nor stain in her. Of all creatures, she is the nearest and dearest to God. She is the marvel of creation, the prodigy of the universe.

If the grain of sand, the snowflake, the drop of rain, the insect, not visible to the naked eye, speak to us of God; if the sun in the heavens reflects His brightness, the moon His beauty, the ocean His immensity, the universe His greatness; if all nature mirrors His perfection, how supremely beautiful is He not reflected in the masterpiece of His creation, in His ever glorious and immaculate Mother. In God are all perfections. In Mary are all perfections. In God they are infinite, in Mary, they are necessarily finite.

Since the union of all perfections is justice, God is infinite justice, Mary is but finite justice, yet in a degree eminently above that of all other creatures. She mirrors, therefore, more perfectly God’s infinite justice than do all the kingdoms of creation. Truly, then, is she the mirror of justice.