The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary As Set Forth in Her Litany – Spiritual Vessel

In the Acts of the Apostles we find a narrative of the life and mission of Saint Paul.

Saul of Tarsus, which was his name before he became an apostle, was in his day a violent persecutor of the followers of Christ. While on his way to Damascus, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, Jesus appeared before him, surrounded by light, and chided Saul for persecuting Him. His heart was changed and he asked our Lord what He would have him to do.

Jesus bade him arise and go into the city, where he would learn what would be expected of him. Jesus called His servant Ananias and requested him to seek out Saul of Tarsus, who was in the house of Judas, to restore to him his eyesight, which he had lost, to instruct and to baptize him.

Ananias, who had heard of the persecutions waged by Saul against the Saints of God in Jerusalem, feared to seek him out. But our Lord said to him: “Go thy way, for this man is to Me a vessel of election, to carry My name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” (Acts 9:15).

Encouraged by the words of Jesus, Ananias went to the house where Saul was and told him of his mission to him.

Saul received him kindly, listened attentively to his instructions, was baptized, and immediately went forth to preach Christ crucified in the synagogues, declaring Him to be the Son of the living God.

God prepares His servants and adorns them with the needed graces for the work He calls them to do in His name. In a most miraculous manner did He select Saint Paul, making him a vessel of election, “to carry His name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.”

If God condescended to make use of the marvelous to fit unto Him a “vessel of election” in the person of Saint Paul, who was to bear His name to the Gentiles and proclaim that Christ is in very truth the Son of God; what prodigy will He not be pleased to work in order to create a vessel worthy to carry, not merely His name to a people, but to carry Himself to the whole world?

The vessel that is to carry Him must be as far as possible like unto Him, for none other would be a fitting receptacle for Him. But God is an infinite pure spirit. He is the Alpha and Omega of all things. “I am,” He says, “who am.” Saint Thomas calls Him a pure act Saint John says: “God is a spirit, and they that adore Him, must adore Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).

In the secrets of Divine Providence, He resolved to take unto Himself our human nature, and to do so, he fitted a vessel, all spiritual, wherein He might be carried, and would even take of its substance to form for Himself a body and become man. This spiritual vessel, the wonder of God’s creation, was Mary, His Mother, whom He created without spot or stain, immaculate, full of grace.

He put forth the might of His arm in creating her, making her all fair in body and soul, for she it was whom, from all eternity, He had chosen to be the Mother most holy, most pure, of Jesus. She is that Spiritual Vessel wherein He, the infinite, pure spirit was carried without prejudice to His infinite perfection.