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Blessed Virgin Mary As Mother of Divine Grace



Our Lady of Grace

July 23rd


This feast is particular to the Carmelite Order and is the octave of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  We honor Mary as Mother of Divine Grace since She is the Mother of the Son of God, the Author of Grace.  Tradition ascribes to Mary the titles Mother of Divine Grace, Our Lady of Grace, Mother Most Amiable, Mother Most Admirable, Mother of Mercy.  God The Father of All Mankind has chosen Her to be treasurer and dispensatrix of all His graces.  Since Mary has formed the Head of the predestined, Jesus Christ, it pertains to her to form also the members of the Head, who are the true Christians.

The Virgin Mother has received from God a special power to nourish souls and to make them grow in Him.  St. Augustine says that the predestined in this world are enclosed in Mary's womb and that they come to the light only when their good Mother brings them forth to eternal life.

It is to The Blessed Virgin Mother that the Holy Spirit has said, "Take root in my elect"
creating roots of deep humility, of burning charity and of all the virtues.