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

“My meat,” said Jesus to His Disciples, “is to do the will of Him who sent me.” (John 4:34). The faithful performance of the mission which he had received from His heavenly Father was the consuming object of the life of our Lord.

While prostrate in the garden of Olives, during the dreadful moment of His bitter agony, when the storm of sorrows that was soon to burst in upon Him, loomed up before Him, He prayed thus to His heavenly Father: “My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from Me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as Thou wilt” (Matthew 26:39).

“He humbled Himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the Cross” (Philippians 2:8). In the beautiful prayer He has taught us, He tells us to say: “Thy will, O my Father, be done on earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10).

He was faithful to His word, given from all eternity, “behold, I come,” when He came down from Heaven, assumed our human nature and dwelt among us. As a child He was obedient and faithful to His Mother and His Foster-father, Saint Joseph, for “He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was subject to them” (Luke 11-51). He was faithful in the home of His Mother, in the workshop of Saint Joseph; faithful in the work of His Father among the Jews, faithful to His will before the judge who condemned Him to death, before the uncouth soldiers who struck Him in the face, spat upon Him, scourged Him, crowned Him with thorns, placed the heavy load of the Cross upon Him and nailed Him to it, whereon He hung until He died.

Who among the servants of God, who among the followers of Christ will most closely follow the faithfulness of Jesus to the will of His Father? Shall it be one of the patriarchs or prophets; one of the apostles or martyrs; one of the confessors or saints? Or shall it be one of the ministering angels at the throne of God? The former had but few opportunities under the chastening hand of God, wherein to prove their fidelity to His word; the latter had but one to test theirs.

Is there no one to follow the faithful Jesus from the cradle to the grave? God be praised, there was one, the Virgin most faithful, His own Virgin Mother Mary. From the first instant of her immaculate conception, she was full of grace; in her childhood she consecrated herself to God, to do His will in all things.

In the midst of great perplexity of mind and soul, she exclaimed: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to Thy word” (Luke 1:38). She kept the secret of God in her heart until He Himself chose to reveal it to her chaste spouse, Saint Joseph. “Joseph, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary, thy wife, for that which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 1:20).

Through His childhood, youth and young manhood, she continued still faithful to God’s design upon the child, and revealed it not till Jesus Himself chose to do so. She was faithful to Him during the last three years of His life, when he went about doing the work of His Father.

What wonder, then, that He should have lauded her rather for her fidelity to God’s word than for being His Mother, when He said to the woman who, on one occasion, cried out: “Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the breast that gave Thee suck “Yea rather,” said our Lord, “blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it” (Luke 11:28). Mary treasured up every word of His and thought them all over in her heart.

With Christ, her Divine Son, she was faithful to God, even to the tragedy of the Cross, and would have died beneath it for love of Him, only that God sustained her in order that she might be faithful unto the end in her mission among men. Her whole life was one act of entire submission to His holy will.

She had no thought save to please Him; she spoke no word but to magnify His name; she performed no work but a work of mercy. She was faithful to her immaculate conception, to the graces bestowed upon her. She was faithful to the will of the Father, true to the love of her Spouse, the Holy Ghost, and constant in her devotion to her Divine Son.