Ave Maria Meditations
Mary’s charity is a love most zealous for the salvation of souls. This zeal gave the Blessed Virgin, from the beginning of her life the most ardent desire to see the Son of God come into the world to save mankind from the perdition of sin. This zeal made her offer so many prayers, practice such modifications, and shed so many bitter tears to obtain the grace that the eternal Father might send His Son into the world to deliver us from the bondage of hell.
This zeal induced Mary to give her most willing consent to the mystery of the Incarnation. It caused her to give us the Savior, and to preserve, nourish, and educate Him for us with the greatest imaginable care and affection. It obliged her to offer Him on Calvary at the cost of the greatest suffering and anguish ever experienced. The love of Mary is the most perfect love, then which none is more perfect or more excellent…
O Mother of Love, make us sharers in your boundless charity. Obtain for us the grace of doing all things for the pure love and glory of God.
St. John Eudes