BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, VIRGO FIDELIS, VIRGIN MOST FAITHFUL.


The dimensions of Mary’s faithfulness. 

Virgo fidelis, the faithful Virgin.
WHAT DOES THIS FAITHFULNESS OF MARY’S MEAN?
WHAT ARE THE DIMENSIONS OF THIS FAITHFULNESS?

The first dimension is called SEARCH. Mary was faithful first of all when she began, lovingly, to seek the deep sense of God’s plan in her and for the world. ‘Quomodo fiet?,’ How shall this be?, she asked the Angel of the Annunciation …

“The second dimension of faithfulness is called RECEPTION, ACCEPTANCE. The ‘quomodo fiet?’ is changed, on Mary’s lips, to a ‘fiat’: Let it be done, I am ready, I accept. This is the crucial moment of faithfulness, the moment in which man perceives that he will never completely understand the ‘how’; that there are in God’s plan more areas of mystery than of clarity; that, however he may try, he will never succeed in understanding it completely. . .

“The third dimension of faithfulness is CONSISTENCY. To live in accordance with what one believes. To adapt one’s own life to the object of one’s adherence. To accept misunderstanding, persecutions, rather than a break between what one practises and what one believes: this is consistency. . .

“But all faithfulness must pass the most exacting test, that of duration. Therefore, the fourth dimension of faithfulness is CONSTANCY. It is easy to be consistent for a day or two. It is difficult and important to be consistent for one’s whole life. It is easy to be consistent in the hour of enthusiasm, it is difficult to be so in the hour of tribulation. And only a consistency that lasts throughout the whole of life can be called faithfulness. Mary’s ‘fiat’ in the Annunciation finds its fullness in the silent ‘fiat’ that she repeats at the foot of the Cross”

St. John Paull II, Homily in Mexico City Cathedral, 26 January 1979

May our faith in God acquire the 4 dimensions of Our Lady’s faithfulness so that with her, we would always say ‘fiat’ to God in every circumstance and stand by close to Our Lord at the foot of the Cross.

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