The Blessed Mother: Virtue
Mary offers us the perfect example of a virtuous mother, but sometimes she can seem almost too perfect! Her will was always perfectly aligned with God’s will, and she received special graces as she was chosen to be the woman who nurtured God’s own Son. Yet she faced many hardships and difficulties. She lived in poverty and had to travel to a strange land (Egypt), far away from family and friends, when she was a very young mother. She also had to endure watching her beloved Son suffer so greatly. Mary does understand the struggles we face as mothers, and her intercession is especially powerful since she is so close to Jesus. There are many feast days devoted to Mary throughout the year, but she is especially honored as the Mother of God on January 1st.