When we pray the Magnificat of Mary, we sing to the Lord with her in the opening line: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior. Mary rejoices because she needs the Saviour! She sees the greatness of the Lord’s salvation at work in her holy life.

Thanks to her undisputed and sublime humility, Mary mirrors to us the road to holiness, paved by small steps of the finest and highest forms of humility. She confesses it herself in the next lines of the Magnificat: for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name.

It is right and just to extol the greatness of Our God since He has wrought great things in and through Mary! Thus, what we say about Mary is directly referable to God Himself, the author of every good work. Through God’s grace, Mary was equipped before her immaculate conception for every good work (2 Tim 3:17). She was ready for any good work (Tim 2:21) because she let He who began a good work in [her] will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ (Phil 1:6). Mary’s life is an ongoing canticle of praise to God the Almighty because she lead a life worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God (Col 1:10).

Praise the Lord

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