Reflection from ‘Vita Consecrata’ Pope Francis year for the Consecrated Life ‘Soul Institute’ Virgin Mary, Model of consecration and discipleship

John Paul II in ‘Vita Consecrata’ writes, “Mary is the one who, from the moment of her Immaculate Conception, most perfectly reflects the divine beauty, ‘All beautiful’ is the title with which the Church invokes her. ‘The relationship with Mary most holy, which for every believer stems from his or her union with Christ, is even more pronounced in the life of the consecrated person…Mary’s presence is of fundamental importance both for the spiritual life of each consecrated person and for the solidity, unity, and progress of the whole community.

Mary in fact is the sublime example of perfect consecration, since she belongs completely to God and is totally devoted to him. Chosen by the Lord, who wished to accomplish in her the mystery of the Incarnation. She reminds consecrated persons of the primacy of God’s initiative. At the same time, having given her assent to the Divine Word, made flesh in her, Mary is the model of the acceptance of grace by human creatures.”(28)

Vatican II tells us this about Mary, “The blessed Virgin was eternally predestined, in conjunction with the incarnation of the divine Word, to be the Mother of God. By decree of divine Providence, she served on earth as the loving mother of the divine Redeemer, as associate of unique nobility, and the Lord’s humble handmaid. She conceived, brought forth and nourished Christ. She presented him to the Father in the temple, and was united with him in suffering as he died on the cross. In an utterly singular way she cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the Savior’s work of restoring supernatural life to souls. For this reason she is a mother to us in the order of grace.”

Pope Francis said this about Mary on the feast of All Saints, “Mary, he said, “is the center of the communion of saints, as the singular guardian of the bond of the universal Church with Christ…Whoever wants to follow Jesus on the path of the Gospel can find a secure guide in Mary. She is an attentive and caring mother with whom we can entrust every desire or difficulty.”

Mary said yes to God and the Holy Spirit. Mary changed the world. Because of Grace, Mary is all beautiful. So many people who have seen Mary have described her as ‘The most beautiful woman they have ever seen.” One famous author said, “Beauty will save the world.”

Mary lived only for God. May we ask Mary to obtain for us the grace to live only for God. Jesus tells us in the Gospels to seek first the Kingdom of God, and everything else will be provided. Mary help me live only for God. When we live for God everything else is provided for us.

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