The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Mother of Divine Grace

Jesus is the source of ever; grace that comes to us from the throne of mercy. Through Him all of Heaven’s blessings are vouchsafed to us. From His sacred heart flowed His life’s blood, as an offering acceptable to His Heavenly Father to placate His just anger and cause Him to throw wide open the gates of divine grace and rain down His choicest favors upon mankind.

Our Redeemer paid a great price for those heavenly favors. He left the bosom of His Father, became man and sojourned among men for three and thirty years. He shared in their labors, participated in their sufferings, and died upon the cross, to merit for them redemption and life everlasting.

All happiness, all graces come to us through Him. But Mary is the Mother of Jesus Christ, right well, therefore, is she called the “Mother of Divine Grace.”

What wonder, then, that the Angel should salute her: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee” (Luke 1:28). Mary abounds in grace, she is a veritable ocean of graces. As the waters of all the rivers are swallowed up in those of the sea, so the graces of the Angels, Patriarchs, Prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, Virgins and of all the Saints are centered in Mary, “full of grace.”

“The Most High sanctified His tabernacle” (Psalm 45:5). His Mother is that tabernacle. The Word was made flesh in her womb; the body of Jesus Christ was formed out of the substance of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, and this dignity necessarily entitled her to the plenitude of all graces.

“In Him (Christ) dwells all the fullness of the Godhead corporally” (Colossians 2:9). But Christ took up his abode in Mary, hence the fullness of the divinity was in her, and with it the abundance of grace, so that when she became the Mother of Christ, she became the Mother of of Divine grace.

Mary surpasses the greatness of the world, for He, whom the world cannot contain, was conceived in her; she eclipses the vastness of the Heavens since she gave a home to Him, whom the Heavens are unable to hold. The fountains of grace that embellish the souls of the Saints, making them holy before God, have their source in Mary. Of her, it is written in the Holy Scriptures: “I was exalted like a cedar in Libanus, and a cypress tree on Mount Sion.

I was exalted like a palm tree in Cades, and as a rose plant in Jericho:

As a fair olive tree in the plains, and as a plane tree by the water in the streets, was I exalted:

I gave a sweet smell like cinnamon, and aromatical balm; I yielded a sweet odour like the best myrrh:

And I perfumed my dwelling as storax and galbanum, and onyx, and aloes, and as the frankincense not cut, and my odour is as the purest balm.

I have stretched out my branches as the turpentine tree, and my branches are of honour and grace.

As the vine, I have brought forth a pleasant odour: and my flowers are the fruit of honour and riches.

I am the mother of fair love, and of fear and of knowledge, and of holy hope.

In me is all grace of the way, and of the truth, in me is all hope of life and of virtue” (Ecclesiastes 24:17-25).

All that is here written by the inspired writer and applied to Mary, the Mother of our Lord, portrays in beautiful language her eminent sanctity, exalted virtue, and the fullness of grace that adorns her soul.

Whilst Christ is the way, Mary, mother of divine grace, leads us to it; though He be the truth, she, who is full of wisdom, guides us in the way of truth; albeit, He is full of life, in her is all hope of life and of virtue.

What we are, we are by the grace of God. Of ourselves we can do nothing worthy of life eternal. We are worthy of God’s grace through the merits of Christ. But Mary is the Mother of Christ, and as such the Mother of divine grace, for every grace from Heaven comes to us through Jesus Christ, her Divine Son.