Mother of our Creator . . .
We humans say we are creators, but what we fashion is a unique arrangement of matter, perhaps not accomplished before. In the case of creation by humans, the components used have already existed.
God, the divine creator, places within our material body an immaterial animating soul. The matter of our body can be measured and reduced to a small collection of various minerals whose monetary value is but a few coins. However, the value of a human is much greater because our body is animated by a rational soul, or life principle. This life principle was not chosen by us, it was created by God. It is not material, therefore, both it and we have always existed in Godís mind from all eternity; He who creates something from nothing.
Our human soul animates our body and has the power to make free choices, to accept and return God's love to Him, or reject God's love as we substitute other persons or things in His place.
Mary became the spouse of the Holy Spirit upon her acceptance of Godís word. She conceived of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Holy Trinity Ė God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. She then, is the mother of the Divine Person, Jesus Christ Ė both God and man. Mary then is Mother of our Creator, and is the highest and most exalted of all of Godís creatures. Because our souls are destined for eternal life with God, who truly created each, and because of Maryís cooperation in the Divine Plan to bring forth Jesus who is God, Mary is rightly called Mother of our Creator.
If the son is a king, the mother who begot him is rightly and truly considered a queen and sovereign. (1) St. Athanasius
If the mind of man can never comprehend the immense glory prepared in heaven by God for those who on earth have loved him, as the apostle tells us, who can ever comprehend the glory that he has prepared for his beloved mother who, more than all men, loved him on earth; no, even from the first moment of her creation, loved him more than all men and angels united? (2) St. Bernard-abbot of Clairvaux
as the first Adam was not born of man and woman, but was formed of earth, so
also the last Adam, who was to heal the wound of the first, took a body formed
in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, in order to be, in his flesh, equal to the
flesh of those who sinned.
(3) St. Josemaria Escriva
While nature itself made the name of mother the sweetest of all names and has made motherhood the very model of tender and careful love, no tongue is eloquent enough to put in words what every devout soul feels, namely, how intense is the flame of affectionate and eager charity which glows in Mary, in her who is truly our Mother, not by nature but by the will of Christ. (4) Leo XII, pope
God, having determined to manifest to the world his immense goodness, by humbling himself so far as to become man, to redeem lost man, and having to choose a Virgin Mother, sought among virgins the one who was the most humble. He found that the Blessed Virgin Mary surpassed all others in sanctity, as greatly as she surpassed them in humility, and therefore chose her for his Mother. (5) St. Alphonsus de Liguori\
God chose Mary to be his Mother more on account of her humility than of all her other sublime virtues. (6) St. Jerome
from its being a small and lowly herb, was a type of Mary, who in the highest
degree gave forth the sweet odor of her humility.
(7) St. Antoninus
Mary was indeed worthy to be looked upon by the Lord, whose beauty the King so greatly desired, and by whose most sweet odor he was drawn from the eternal repose of his Father's bosom. (8) St. Bernard
God, attracted by the humility of the Blessed Virgin, when he became man for the
redemption of man, chose her for his Mother.
(9) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
full of grace; the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women. Luke
Hail, O Mary, full of grace; for you are rich in that grace which surpasses the grace given to all men and angels. The Lord is with you, and always was with you, assisting you with his grace. You are blessed among all women; for all others fell under the curse of sin; but you, as the Mother of the Blessed One, was preserved from every stain, and always was, and always will be blessed. (10) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Had the angel said, O Mary, you are the greatest sinner in the world, her astonishment would not have been so graet; the sound of such high praises filled her with fear. (11) St. Bernardine of Sienna
As Christ was pleased to be comforted by an angel, so had the Blessed Virgin to be encouraged by one. As if he had said, Why do you fear, O Mary? Do you not know that God exalts the humble? You in your own eyes are lowly and of no account, and therefore he in his goodness exalts you to the dignity of being his Mother. (12) St. Peter Chrysologus
When Mary replied to the angel, 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done to me according to your word,' her answer rejoiced heaven, and brought an immense treasure of good things to the world. An answer which drew the only-begotten Son from the bosom of his eternal Father into this world to become man; for these words had hardly fallen from the lips of Mary before the Word was made flesh. The Son of God became also the Son of Mary. (13) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
By Mary's answer, 'Behold the handmaid of the Lord,' the humble Virgin meant: Behold the servant of the Lord, obliged to do that which her Lord commands; since he sees my nothingness, and since all that I have is his, who can say that he has chosen me for any merit of my own? (14) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
merits can a servant have, for which she should be chosen to be the Mother of
her Lord? Let not the servant, then, be praised, but the goodness alone of
that Lord, who is graciously pleased to regard so lowly a creature, and make her
(15) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
How, O Lady, could you unite in your heart so humble an opinion of yourself with so great purity, with such innocence, and so great a plentitude of grace, as you did possess? (16) St. Bernard
There is no one who is your equal, O Lady; for all are either above or beneath you: God alone is above you, and all that is not God is inferior to you. (17) St. Andrew of Crete
To be the Mother of God, is the greatest grace which can be conferred on a creature. It is such that God could make a greater world, a greater heaven, but he cannot exalt a creature more than by making her his Mother. (18) St. Bonaventure
did not create Mary for himself only, but he created her for man also; that is
to say, to repair the ruin entailed upon him by sin.
(19) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Mary Most Holy, the pure and immaculate Virgin, is for us a school of faith destined to guide us and give us strength on the path that leads us to the Creator of Heaven and Earth. (20) Benedict XVI, pope