Mary Full of Grace

“Because [Mary] communicated her human nature to the Son of God, she has a right as none other has ever had to the participation in His Divine Nature by grace.”

“As it is said of her Son that He is full of grace and truth, so she is called by the Angel, not only blessed with grace, but full of grace. As Christ is the only begotten Son of the Father, so is Mary His first-born daughter. But apart from this august union, and considering the maternal dignity of Mary alone, we may safely assert that grace is a greater gift, and confers a higher dignity than that holy office itself. As Mother of God according to the flesh, Mary ranks high above all creatures; but she would rather be a daughter of God by grace than the Mother of God by nature: for she well knows that, notwithstanding the incomparable filial love which Jesus bears for her, He would nevertheless love another soul more if this soul were richer in grace.”

“It was this great truth which Christ intimated to His disciples when they came to tell Him His Mother awaited Him: ‘Who is My mother, and who are My brethren? And, stretching forth His hands towards His disciples, He said: Behold My mother and My brethren. For whosoever shall do the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My mother, and sister, and brother.’ (Mt 12:48-50) And again when, in answer to the woman who cried out, ‘Blessed is the womb that bore thee, and the breasts that gave thee suck!’ He said, ‘Yea, rather, blessed are they who hear the word of God and keep it.’ (Lk 11:27-28)”

“By these words our Lord intends us to understand that His Mother was blessed and worthy of Him for that reason: because she performed the will of His Father in the most perfect manner, and that if another could have exceeded her in this respect He would honour her more than He did His own ever-blessed Mother.”

Quotations from Alice Lady Lovat, The Marvels of Divine Grace: Meditations Based on the “Glories of Divine Grace” (Original Treatise by Fr. Nieremberg, S.J., Entitled “Del Aprecio y Estima de la Divina Gracia”) (London: R. & T. Washbourne, Ltd., 1917).

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