OUR LADY OF PURITY

Feast of the Purity of the Blessed Virgin Mary October 16
This Feast is authorized pro aliquibus locis (for some places) for16th October.
Salve, sancta Parens, eníxa puérpera Regem: qui coelum terrámque regit in saecula saeculórum. * Eructávit cor meum verbum bonum: dico ego ópera mea Regi.
Hail holy Mother, thou didst bring forth the King, who ruleth heaven and earth for ever and ever. * My heart hath uttered a good word: I speak my works to the King.
(Sedulius, and Psalm 44:2 from the Introit of Mass)

Da, quaesumus, omnípotens aetérne Deus: ut, puríssimae Vírginis Maríae integérrimam Virginitátem festíva celebritáte venerántes, ejus intercessióne, puritátem mentis et córporis consequámur.
Grant we beseech Thee, almightly everlasting God: that, as we venerate with festal celebration the most complete Virginity of the most pure Virgin Mary, we may attain purity of mind and body.
BLESSED BE YOUR PURITY
Blessed be your purity,
May it be blessed forever,
For no less than God takes delight,
In such exalted beauty.
To you, heavenly Princess,
Holy Virgin Mary,
I offer on this day

My whole heart, life and soul.
Look upon me with compassion,
Do not leave me, my Mother.

The Purity of Our Blessed Mother
The Catechism of the Catholic Church notes, ‘purity of heart is the precondition of the vision of God’ (2519). St. John of the Cross compares our souls to windows, which unless pure and clean cannot fully receive the light of God’s love or see that light. The pure heart is the undivided heart that wills what is true and true loyally and unreservedly.”
“The Catechism or CCC notes that the pure of heart are those who ‘have attuned their intellects and will to the demands of God’s holiness, chiefly in three areas: charity, chastity or sexual rectitude, love of truth and orthodoxy of faith’ (2518). We most often think of purity as connected to the area of sexuality, and rightly so; sexuality is so central to our humanity that impurity in that area is not uncommon. Hence, the Catechism mentions it specifically as the second of the three key areas of purity. But note that the first area is ‘charity,’ and this area is far-reaching. Charity here refers to God’s love poured into our hearts (grace), by which love we are capable of loving ourselves and loving others. Loving ourselves means being concerned about our final beatific end, and ordering our lives in light of that end. Loving our neighbors as ourselves means being as concerned about the rest of the community reaching their final goal as we are about ourselves reaching it.”
It is easy to apply the foregoing to Our Blessed Lady. Her stellar purity meant that everything about Her was suffused with divine grace. She now sees God in Heaven because She saw Him while on earth. At no time in Her existence was She devoid of God. She was truly pure, and for that reason was admitted into Paradise.
The Ever-Virgin Mary was and remains pure in charity, chastity and love of truth and orthodoxy of faith. And that purity is “divine” because it is inspired by God, imitates His purity and leads to Him.
Each of us benefits from the purity of Mary. Regardless of how difficult it is to be pure in charity, chastity and right belief, it is possible. By abandoning ourselves to God as She did, we open ourselves to fresh opportunities of achieving purity.
Such an accomplishment will induce us not to boast but to exclaim: “The Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is His Name.” (Saint Luke 1:49) God the Father has set the seal of Jesus Christ His Divine Son on us through the workings of the Holy Spirit. We will be pure when we adopt the attitude of Our Blessed Lady and seek the divine purity that even yet radiates from Her.
photo:The Immaculata.the immaculate conception

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