The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Mother Most Admirable

The heavens and the earth show forth the glory of God. All His works are wonderful. They magnify the name of the Lord. They sing His praises. Yet, Saint Thomas, the illustrious Doctor of the Church, declares that God could create nothing more glorious, nothing greater than the ever Blessed Virgin Mary, His most pure, most chaste, most amiable Mother.

How true this is appears from the reverence and obedience of her Divine Son for her. That a creature should command her Creator, and that the Creator should obey His creature is marvellous. She is so admirable that she possessed in her most chaste womb Him whom the heavens and the earth could not contain.

In her greatness, born of her humility, in her devotion, in her graces, in a word, in the manner that she profited by every gift or favor that she received from God, He has had more honor, more glory than He has from all His other creatures in Heaven and on earth.

The greatness of Mary as far surpasses that of all others of God’s creatures as gold out-values the basest metals, as Heaven is above the earth, as the light of the sun outshines that of all the other luminaries. Before her greatness all other created greatness fades away as the light of the stars vanishes before the dazzling rays of the sun.

All the renowned women of the Old Testament, Sara, Debbora, Jahel, Susanna, Judith, Esther and others were but figures of Mary.

Of Judith it was said: “She was greatly renowned among all” (Judith 7:8).

In addressing her, Holofernes spoke thus: “Thou shalt be great, and thy name shall be renowned through all the earth” (Judith 11:21). The people of Bethulia cried out to her as she passed: “Thou art the glory of Jerusalem; thou art the joy of Israel; thou art the honor of our people” (Judith 15:10).

These titles are eminently applicable to Mary and are bestowed upon her by the Doctors and Fathers of the Church.

We owe all to God, and in no wise is He indebted to us. It is different with Mary. Though she has received all from Him, He became, so to speak, her debtor when Jesus Christ, His well-beloved Son, received of her His humanity, which is of her flesh and blood.

In His conception and in His birth the God-man became indebted to her even more so than other children to their mother, for from her alone did He take the substance wherewith to frame unto Himself a human body.

Among all the children of men, from creation and until the last of them shall be born into the world, there has not been nor can there be one so admirable as Mary. Seek midst all the blessed spirits who are ministering angels at the throne of God, and not one will be found more wonderful than the Blessed Virgin. Her sanctity, holiness, virtues, graces and perfections of body and soul are so great that she is more illustrious than all the saints and angels and thereby gives more glory and honor to God than all of them.

She is verily the incomparable Virgin Mary, to whom all the saints and angels pay homage.

The Blessed Trinity honors her as the mother most pure, most chaste, most holy, most lovable in the beauty of both body and soul, of the Second Person of the Godhead, Christ Jesus, the Redeemer and Saviour of the world.