“By Her complete adherence to the Father’s will, to His Son’s redemptive work, and to every prompting
of the Holy Spirit, the Virgin Mary is the Church’s model of faith and charity.”
– Catechism of the Catholic Church, para.967
As a Catholic, I have a very special fondness for Saturdays. On these days, I am aware that the entire Church across the whole world is venerating Mary, the Mother of God. In the great basilicas and in the little parishes, She is being specially honoured and our thoughts rest upon Her and upon the singular place She has in the history of salvation – our salvation.
The Catechism tells us that the Blessed Virgin is our model in faith and charity; She is the exemplar of what we hope to be – faithful children of the Almighty, who seek always to follow the will of the Father, to co-operate in the work of redemption of the Son of God, and responding always to the action of the Holy Spirit. Mary achieved this perfectly on earth – and while we may never come close to Her perfection, still we model ourselves upon Her life of faith and of charity – and leave the rest to the mercy of God for those times when we fail.
I think about Our Lady a lot, but this is especially so on Saturdays. I think about the life She led on earth, with all it’s joys and sorrows, and all that was asked of Her. I think about Her virtues and Her graciousness, about Her hidden life and Her silence; the Gospels tell us so little of Her own words – and yet on those occasions where Her words are recorded, how deep and how very full of meaning they are! And so I smile on Saturday’s, knowing that so very many others are doing precisely the same thing.
On this particular Saturday, I ask the Blessed Virgin to look with kindness upon all of us who ask Her maternal intercession – may She obtain for us every grace from the Sacred Heart of Her Son.