The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Queen of Confessors

It is an easy matter to follow the leadership of one who is victorious over all his enemies; whose prestige is everywhere hailed with acclamation; who receives homage without stint from his devotees, and who in turn is able to reward them richly for their fealty to him.

On the other hand, it requires courage, virtue, even the strongest attachment and love to champion the leadership of one who is shorn of all worldly pomp and influence; who has neither gold nor silver to offer; who can bestow no honors on those who marshal themselves under his standard. Such a one is Christ Jesus. He holds out to His followers no earthly consideration, only insults, chains, prisons, hunger, thirst and all manner of persecution, with the promise, however of a reward, a crown of glory beyond the grave that no man can take from them.

He offers nothing of this world’s goods, nothing of riches, of preferment, of honor, of greatness, but pledges in lieu of the fleeting emoluments of this life, or the stenciled trappings of the world, that which the “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither hath it entered into the heart of man, what things God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9). These are the assets that Christ tenders to those who are not ashamed of Him before man, but confess openly that they are followers of the humble Nazarene.

They are the strength of the church, the foundation stones of the edifice. They are as posts of safety against sin and iniquity, or, like pilots who guide the world in the path of justice and truth. They are the true shepherds of souls who drive the wolves from the flock of which they have care. They are the laborers who are assiduous in ridding the fields of their master of weeds of every kind. They are faithful soldiers of the Crucified, who battled against the enemies of God to save souls from ruin and perdition.

They are noble victors, having triumphed over the devil, the world and the flesh. They are the champions of the Cross which they bear aloft, of which they are not ashamed; of Christ in whom they glory, and of His word which they proclaim fearlessly to all men and nations in the face of dangers, insults, flagellations, imprisonments and persecutions. They are the trumpet of the Gospel, the powerful voice of the teachings of Christ, the guides of the people, the upholders of the faith, the depositories of the mysteries of Jesus Christ, the temples of the Holy Ghost.

To the valiant confessors of the faith our Lord said: “You shall be witnesses unto Me, even to the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Carry My name before men and na- tions without fear. “Blessed are ye when they shall revile and persecute you and speak all that is evil against you, unjustly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in Heaven” (Matthew 5:11-12).

The reward He promises is not of this world, but of that which is to come. They will suffer here, but will rejoice hereafter.

Mary confessed Christ before the world from the moment she gave her consent to become His Mother until standing firm and erect on Calvary’s mount beneath His Cross, she confessed before Jew and Gentile in her silent and dignified .demeanor that the Crucified was the Son of the Most High and her own Divine Son, true God and true man.

In the face of all the indignities offered to Him she clung to Him. She followed Him through His bitter passion, she walked with Him to Calvary, she received His limp body into her arms, and pressed tenderly to her Mother’s bosom that Son, who so oft in childhood rested upon it.

Every insult flung at Him was aimed at her, every ignominy suffered by Him was shared in by her; every blow that fell upon Him, pained her; the nails that pierced His hands and feet wounded her soul, and when His side was transfixed with a lance a sword of sorrow passed through her heart.

Encouraged by Mary’s example, the confessors of the faith cease not to proclaim Christ as their God and their Redeemer, notwithstanding the blasphemies and outrages heaped upon them by the persecutors of Christ and of His Church.

Mary stood by the standard of Christ, they following her leadership, cling to it in life and in death. And while they confess and do not deny that He who died upon the rood is their God and King, they confess and proclaim that she who stood sorrowful beneath the Cross is His Mother and their Queen.