The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Seat of Wisdom

Saint Paul gives us an insight into the wisdom and knowledge of God in his Epistle to the Romans.

“O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and of the knowledge of God! How incomprehensible are His judgments, and how unsearchable His ways! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counsellor? For of Him, and by Him, and in Him are all things” (Romans 11:33-36).

It is apparent from the teaching of the great Apostle, that wisdom is of the very essence of God. He is eternal wisdom, and from Him must all wisdom come. “Wisdom is an infinite treasure to men; which they that use, become the friends of God. For in her is the spirit of understanding, holy one, manifold, subtle, eloquent, active, undefiled, sure, sweet, loving that which is good, quick, which nothing hinders, beneficent, gentle, kind, steadfast, assured, secure, having all power, overseeing all things, and containing spirits, intelligible, pure, subtle. She is 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.

“For she is the brightness of eternal light, and the unspotted mirror of God’s majesty, and the image of His goodness. For God loves none but him that dwells with wisdom” (Wisdom 7:14,22,28). From this eloquent description of wisdom, wherein we find that God loves only those who dwell with wisdom, we fully understand what the Apostle writes of Jesus Christ, the well beloved Son of Eternal Wisdom. “In whom,” (Christ Jesus) “are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).

“But we preached Christ crucified, unto the Jews, indeed, a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: but unto them that are called both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:2,3,24).

The Apostle declares that true wisdom is to know Christ and Him crucified, for the knowledge of Christ and His Cross is wisdom. “Howbeit we speak wisdom among the perfect; yet not the wisdom of the world, neither of the princes of this world that come to naught; But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, a wisdom which is hidden, which God ordained before the world; which none of the princes of this world know; for if they had known it, they would never have crucified the Lord of glory” (1 Corinthians 2:6-8).

It is, therefore, wisdom to know Jesus Christ and what He has endured for us. It is to have a knowledge of Christ and of His Cross, of His grace, of the Incarnation, of redemption, salvation and eternal glory. All these heavenly blessings come to us through Jesus who is the wisdom of His Father. True wisdom consists in knowing, loving and serving God above all things; it helps us to follow Jesus and to praise and thank Him with our whole heart and soul.

Mary loves, above all men and angels, God and Jesus best. Rather than place in jeopardy her immaculateness, she would have rejected the honor of becoming His Mother. Only on the assurance of the angel that she would remain a virgin did she give her consent that the Word should be made flesh of her.

God said to Solomon: “Ask what thou wilt that I should have to give to thee.” “Give me,” answered Solomon, “wisdom and knowledge.”

And God said to Solomon: “Because this choice hath pleased thy heart, and thou hast not asked riches, and wealth, and glory, nor the lives of them that hate thee, nor many days of life: but hast asked wisdom and knowledge; wisdom and knowledge are granted to thee” (2 Paralip. 1:7,10,11).

Solomon received the gift of wisdom that he might serve God wisely and rule justly his people, over whom God had placed him.

Mary is called to govern, not one people, but all men and nations through the blessed fruit of her womb, Jesus, the Redeemer and Saviour of the world. To rule wisely and in entire conformity to the will of her Creator, she supplicates Him that she should remain always a virgin most pure, most chaste. So acceptable was this to God, that He assured her that she should remain immaculate and that a union more intimate still should exist between them, for He would, in the person of His Divine Son, tabernacle in her most chaste womb and be born of her.

Eternal wisdom would take up His abode in her, and our Mother Mary, our sweet loving Mother, would be the throne, the seat of wisdom among men.