Month of Mary – May Devotions – Day 9 – The divine purity of Mary!
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). Purity is a necessity to experience the indwelling presence of God and ultimately to behold Him face to face as He is in Heaven through the beatific vision (1John 3:2). Our human nature is blessed by the purity of our Mother who is called holy and immaculate, fair and stainless and everything about her is marked by her fragrance of purity. Hence, she is the Virgin that conceived her Son immaculately and is rightly called the Immaculate Conception. Her life of purity was rewarded as God did not allow His Holy One to see or experience decay (Acts 13:35). Mary my Mother help me to be pure in heart, intellect and will.
There are three special areas to talk about when referring to purity – charity, sexual rectitude or chastity and right belief or love of truth – CCC 2518. Oftentimes, when we talk of purity, it is usually the sexual dimension that is emphasized but purity surpasses our sexuality, even though our sexuality is also very paramount. The purity of our Lady is said to be “divine” as she lived her life manifesting the three domains of purity by her total love for God and humanity, sexual uprightness and her orthodoxy of faith. For instance, the love of Mary for God is evident in her expression of adoration and praise “My soul glorifies the Lord” (Luke 1:46). It is only a pure heart that can proclaim the surpassing greatness of God as Mary did. Secondly, “Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I have no knowledge of man?’” (Luke 1:34). Here the pure Lady recognised her sexuality and its power. It was never wasted for empty pleasure but was used to serve the Lord.
Prayer: Lord God, purity of heart is the precondition of our vision of You, and I am created and empowered by You to come to the earth and to learn how to live a good life that will end in a beatific vision of You in Heaven. This ultimate Heaven, which is our final end begins here on earth as I begin to experience your indwelling and a consciousness of your presence. I have fallen short of the standards of purity in many occasions. Through the intercession of the Virgin most pure, the Immaculate Mother and one who is stainless and free from our human corruption, enable me with your divine grace to be charitable, to be sexually upright, and to love and if need be, to die for the true religion through Christ our Lord. Amen. Virgin Most Pure – pray for us!