September 17, 1849
Father Colin said: “It is in the midst of this century that the Blessed Virgin shows herself.She is saying to us: ‘My children, it is not you who chose yourselves, it is I who chose you. I know your weakness, your troubles. – he enemies you have to overcome are no less numerous, no less to be feared than hose the apostles encountered. They are perhaps even more fearsome…. But I am with you. “‘
– The Mayet Memoirs
Woman of strength
Look at the way the Holy Spirit portrays Mary in Scripture. She is a real person, and one of strength, charm and vivacity…. She was the “poor serving girl” who lived in a village so small that it is never mentioned in the Old Testament. She belonged to an impoverished and tiny colony in an arrogant Roman Empire.Yet how free and self-possessed she is – first questioning the angel, and then setting off in haste to Elizabeth’s hill-country,92 miles away. And what a master- piece of prayer springs from her lips! Her magnificat song is actually a glorious chorus with the voices of over 20 Old Testament passages. The Mother of God responded to Elizabeth’s greetings not by a speech but by allowing the lovingly contemplated Word of God to pour from her heart. The Holy Spirit in a few bold strokes in Luke has portrayed a valiant woman, who prayerfully contemplated God’s words and deeds. And lived freely and lovingly.
– Paul Glynn, sm
“I am watchful” expresses the attitude of the mother. Her life and her vocation are expressed in being watchful. She keeps watch over men and women from the first moments of their existence. Her keeping watch is accompanied by sadness and by joy. Among all of Christ’s disciples, Mary is the first who “watches”. We learn from her to be watchful, to keep watch with her: “I am near you – I remember you – I am watchful.”
– Pope John Paul II
The perfection accorded to Mary must not produce in us the impression that her life on earth was a kind of heavenly life, very different from ours. In reality, Mary had a life like ours. She knew the daily difficulties and trials of human life; she lived in the darkness that faith involves.
– Pope John Paul II
Marist Brothers’ Constitutions
As woman and mother, she knew in her heard the joys and sorrows of life. In Jesus’ company, she lived in utter trust in the Father, even to the foot of the Cross. In the glory of the risen Christ, she becomes, in a special way, the mother of all those consecrated to God.
– Constitution 18