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.