Ave Maria Meditations
(Concerning the) Holy Mother of God and Incomparable Dignity of the Mother of God “She adored Him whom she brought forth.” –from the Office of the Purification
The human mind can never fully comprehend all that is contained in the title “Mother of God.” It is the title by which the faithful love to address Mary, and the Church has sanctioned it by her infallible authority. All the beauties of nature, all the riches of grace, all the splendors of glory pale before the majestic grandeur of such a title as this. For, by the very fact of having conceived the Word Made Flesh, Mary has been united to God by the same ties which unite a mother to her true son.
Just as, therefore, the dignity of the human nature in Jesus Christ is immeasurably raised above all things created, by reason of the hypostatic union with the Divine Word, so also the dignity of Mary belongs to a superior order, on account of her position as Mother of God. This title is precisely the source and the measure of all those gifts of nature, grace and glory, wherewith the Lord was pleased to enrich her. The Holy Mother of God has been elevated above the choirs of angels in the heavenly kingdom! Admire, O my soul, so great a miracle of the power of the Most High; and since He has deigned to call thee to the service of so great a Queen, render Him thanks and promise to thy Sovereign an eternal fidelity.
From “The Fairest Flower of Paradise” by + Cardinal Alexis-Henri-Marie Lepicier