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

Mary, though a mother, remained always a virgin, hence always moat pure. It was fitting that her purity should be the greatest after that of Jesus, her Divine Son.

So pure is Mary that she became disturbed at the presence even of an angel. When the messenger of God announced to her that she was chosen to become the Mother of God, she hesitated, and would have declined the honor, had it entailed the loss of her virginal purity, which she prized above all honors.

It was becoming her dignity as the Mother of God, that she should shine forth in parity of both body and soul, unequalled by angel or saint. Applying to her the words of the Book of Wisdom, she is called “a vapour of the power of God and a certain pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty God: and therefore no defiled thing comes into her” (Wisdom 8:25).

The laws of nature were suspended in her regard. She conceived and gave birth to a son, the Son of God, still she continued a virgin without spot or stain in her. Because of her great purity, Mary has been likened to the dove, the holy Jerusalem, the sublime throne of God, the ark of sanctification and the house built by Eternal Wisdom.

She is spoken of as the queen filled with delights, resting upon her beloved, and who came from the mouth of the Most High all perfect, all beautiful, all pure in His sight.

For this did God salute her in the words of the Archangel, “Hail, full of grace.” The same reason actuated Saint Elizabeth to greet her, “Blessed art thou among women.”

She is blessed among women because of her incomparable purity of body and soul, whereby she outranks all the saints and angels.

Saint Paul, in his Epistle to the Romans, exhorts the faithful to keep their bodies pure. “I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by the mercy of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, pleasing unto God, your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

He will have us to offer our bodies to God, and to make them worthy to love and honor Him; to have them a “living sacrifice,” that is to keep our body free from all unholy things.

“Know you not,” says the same Apostle, “that your members are the temples of the Holy Ghost, who is in you, whom you have from God; and you are not your own. For you are bought with a great price. Glorify and bear God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).

Mary, of all women, is the only one who so bore God in her body, as to give of her substance to frame for Him a body, that He might become man. Her body was truly sanctified, and profitable unto the Lord, for there was no blemish in it, but it was a veritable vessel of honor, a body all holy, all pure.

“Blessed,” said our Lord, “are the clean of heart for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). They shall see God here by His grace; in Heaven, through the beatific vision, possessing and enjoying eternal glory.

Mary is “full of grace,” hence the most pure. Even now she is blessed with the beatific vision and eternal glory, the reward of those who die in the Lord. It is meet and just that she should possess God for all eternity because she is His most pure Mother.

As no defilement ever marred the immaculateness of either her body or soul, it is her right and privilege that her body should not turn to dust, but be with her most pure soul in the kingdom of her divine Son.

No wonder, then, that we firmly believe with the Doctors and Fathers of the Church in the assumption of Mary into the kingdom of Heaven.