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In The Imitation of Mary, Model Of Purity

In The Imitation of Mary, Model Of Purity

St. Louis de Montfort once called Mary the “supreme masterpiece of Almighty God”, being the most perfect example of virtue and humility. She is, according to Saint Louis, God’s masterpiece of grace on earth.

“Mary,” said Saint Louis de Montfort, “is the sealed fountain of the faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit where only he may enter. She is the sanctuary and resting-place of the Blessed Trinity where God dwells…”

We are called to sanctify the world by giving it life in Christ (Apostolicam Actuositatem). Who better should we wish to imitate then than Mary, Most Holy Mother of God the Son? She was and still is the most perfect example of a woman who surrendered herself to God completely, who sanctified the world by giving birth to its Savior.

Temples Of The Holy Spirit

Mary was the original sanctuary and resting-place of the Blessed Trinity, said Saint Louis de Montfort; but, as God’s creation, our physical bodies are also temples of the Holy Spirit. As such, we should imitate the most perfect model of purity – our Blessed Mother.

Our Lady of Fatima said, “More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason…Woe to women lacking in modesty.” As women, we not only have a responsibility for our own soul, but we have the responsibility of the souls of men when it comes to sins of the flesh. Woe indeed to the woman lacking in modesty as she not only sins herself, but leads others down the path of sinfulness as well.

Blessed Are The Pure Of Heart

“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they will see God,” says one of the most famous of the Beatitudes. Mary is the most perfect example of purity, as she gave herself – body, mind and soul; past, present and future – to God and Christ Jesus. Not only did she remain ever virgin, but her heart and thoughts were always directed towards God, glorifying Him through her actions. Without purity, we will never see according to God nor be seen by others according to God.

“Pure in heart”, says the Catechism, “refers to those who have attuned their intellects and wills to the demands of God’s holiness, chiefly in three areas: charity, chastity, love of truth and orthodoxy of faith.”

When we do not see others or they do not see us as God sees us – seeing according to God – we do not perceive the beautiful gift of the body as a temple of the Holy Spirit. What follows are the sins of the flesh that Mary warns us against. Without purity of heart, without imitating Mary, we are stripped of the vision of God.

St. John of the Cross likened our souls to windows, which if smeared with dirt and impure can neither receive God’s light nor let that light shine through. When we live with purity of heart, we let the light of Christ shine through to the world. To be pure, as Mary is pure, is to put on Christ so as to sanctify the world as we are called to do.

Darla Wainscott

Darla is the Founder and President of Put On Christ® , Apparel and Accessories. As the company's trademarked tag line states, Darla is "Making Faith Fashionable®," by trailblazing this unique boutique brand since it was unveiled during World Meeting of Families in September of 2015. She created Put On Christ® after feeling certain that the Blessed Mother was calling her to get to know her Son better and to share Him with the world in a very relevant way. The athleisure market is the fastest growing segment of the clothing industry and Darla made a bold decision to carve out a segment of this market for Christians wanting an alternative to traditional "big box" manufacturers. With an accent on modesty, all Put On Christ® products are manufactured in USA. With its exclusive trademarked Christian logo adorned on each product designed to take you from errands to exercise, there is no other company in the nation like Put On Christ®. Under the patronage of Saints Teresa of Avila and Ignatius and consecrated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Darla hopes to strengthen each customer's relationship with Christ in their everyday living. Her company prays daily for each customer and for every person who visits the Put On Christ® website or engages with the company on any of the five most popular social media channels. Darla invites you to follow the Put On Christ® team on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest.

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