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

We read in the Book of Wisdom that, “venerable old age is not that of long time, nor counted by the number of years: a spotless life is old age” (Wisdom 4:8,9).

From the words of Holy Scripture we are given to understand that it is not the locks of hair, whitened by the snows of many winters, that make us venerable, but rather the purity of our life.

We are not to reckon by the number of years one has lived to determine his worth, but how he has lived. Virtue and not our silver-like hair marks our old age. A venerable life is conspicuous for its merits. It is a spotless life; a life that goes on not for a few days or years, but for ages. Its length of days is without end. When our lives are irreproachable, they are venerable, whether they be of short or long duration.

The patriarchs were venerable, not so much for the length of their years as for their just lives. The prophets, apostles, martyrs, virgins, in a word, all the saints attained a venerable old age, whatever the number of their days, because of their holy lives. They live in the memory of men and will live through the endless ages in eternal glory.

If a spotless life makes venerable, how supremely venerable must be that Virgin of Virgins, Mary, ever Virgin, whose purity of body and soul transcends that of all the saints and angels more than the light of the sun surpasses that of all the stars in the firmament.

How infinitesimally small is the tiny snow flake that falls from the heaven in comparison to the vast gorges of it that fill up the mountain fastnesses! How incomprehensible the difference between the small drop of rain that falls to earth from the clouds and the immense body of water of the ocean! How incalculably insignificant is the grain of sand upon the seashore if you would compare it to the innumerable grains of sand that go to form the strands of the oceans of the world!

More apart than these is the chasm that exists between all the holy virgins of God and the immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ, our Redeemer.

If a spotless life is old age, is venerable, is not Mary the immaculate most venerable? At her birth the very angels cry out: “Who is she that comes forth as the morning rising, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, terrible as an army set in array?” (Canticle 6:9)

She is the daughter of the Father, the spouse of the Holy Ghost, the Virgin Mother of Jesus, and there is not a spot in her.