Saturday, October 20, 2007

Saturday - Day of Our Lady


Mary is the Queen of virgins and the first one who glorified this virtue. In Jewish beliefs, it was the great honour to join through marriage the blood line of Messiah but Mary was different. Full of holy admiration, St Bernard says:"O prudent and holy Virgin, who taught you that virginity is most pleasing to God? Where is the Old Testament law advising it or praising it? You could not be aware of St Paul's words:" Therefore, both he that giveth his virgin in marriage, doth well; and he that giveth her not, doth better"(1 Cor 7, 38) . You did not know either the other words of the apostle of the gentiles: "Now concerning virgins, I have no commandment of the Lord; but I give counsel, as having obtained mercy of the Lord, to be faithful" (1 Cor 7, 25). YOU were the first to consecrate your virginity to God". These words of the Doctor of the Church say all. They induce in us the desire to honour the purity of virgins - followers of the Queen. We should never ever under any circumstances think or say anything against virginity, even if you feel strong contempt to a particular person living in this state because of her/his personality or external ways of piety observance that are not to our liking. Do you chop off the big and beautiful tree when you find several less attractive fruits? Look at our heavenly Queen and praise the virtue of virginity and do not try change the mind of anyone who feel the vocation to enter the consecrated life in the cloister. Let us always remember the words of St Paul: "But I would have you to be without solicitude. He that is without a wife, is solicitous for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please God. But he that is with a wife, is solicitous for the things of the world, how he may please his wife: and he is divided. And the unmarried woman and the virgin thinketh on the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit. But she that is married thinketh on the things of the world, how she may please her husband."(1 Cor 7, 32-24)