Here Are the 10 Most Beautiful Quotes from Our Lady
In her many apparitions to her children on earth, Our Lady has given us words of comfort, hope, and joy, even as she reminds us that our home is not in this world. The Virgin Mary as the new Eve was granted a part in our redemption and she exemplifies purity, humility, and submission to God's will, as well as the perfect union with Christ that we all must seek. Through the love in her gaze, her constant attention as Our Heavenly Mother, and her ever-vigilant presence on earth, we are drawn toward Our Lord without reluctance, without fear. Let her words be the truth that guides us, and her heart the heart with which we love Jesus.
1. “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
These words reflect the Blessed Mother's utter trust and submission to the will of the Lord. Through this humble 'yes' we see the wonder of Incarnation made possible. Ultimately we are presented with a way of life centered around peace and joy made possible through a deep trust in God. Often even in the smallest moments of our daily lives we are resistant to or intensely seeking even little things––we have ideas of how things ought to unfold, we have the desires of the moment as well as those buried deeper in our hearts that move us. These all may be very good, yet, without trust and submission to what the Lord gives to us day to day, without Mary's humble 'fiat'––her joyful exclamation 'let it be '—we may easily come to live in anxiety and dissatisfaction. Here, Mary submits joyfully without knowing all that will to come to pass because she trusts in the Lord and his care for her and the desires of her heart. Her submission is not resentful. She says with confidence in Him “let it be to me according to your word.” In the daily struggle we too should echo her words, confidently honoring the will of God through trust of His goodness.
2. “Pray my children. God will answer before long. My Son lets Himself be moved.” —Our Lady of Pontmain
Our Lady of Pontmain urges us not to lose heart in coming to Christ in prayer. We are reminded of the parable of the persistent neighbor in Luke 11:5-13. Christ tells us not only that He will answer us because of persistence if not because of friendship, but additionally promises “ask and it will be given you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.” Our Lady of Pontmain is often called Our Lady of Hope, her words here suggest the hope she wishes to renew in us and our relationship with her Son and his heart that is sensitive to our petitions.
3. “I am truly your merciful Mother, yours and all the people who live united in this land and of all the other people of different ancestries, my lovers, who love me, those who seek me, those who trust in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their complaints and heal all their sorrows, hardships and sufferings.” —Our Lady of Guadalupe
Our Lady of Guadalupe tells us that she is our mother. By nature, between mother and child exists a deeply intimate and personal relationship. She affirms this and so encourages us to come to her as mother, trusting in that relationship so that we are able to confide in her our struggles and hardships, to ask for her aid and to love her in a personal way. In this, we may be receptive of and grateful for the motherly tenderness and compassion with which she wishes to embrace our hearts.
4. “My daughter, look at My Heart surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You, at least, try to console me, and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with all the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months go to confession and receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.” —Our Lady of Fatima
Our Lady of Fatima reveals her deep love for each of us through revealing the sorrow of her Immaculate Heart, and its vulnerability to human offenses against it. While Our Lady truly is 'blessed among women', this does not remove her from being touched by us. Mary, as our mother, loves each of us purely and in that pure love for us is more deeply wounded by these iniquities and the damage they may do to our eternal happiness. With her compassionate heart she therefore established this First Saturday devotion and promises all the graces necessary to bring us to the salvation of her Son.
5. “I feel so happy to be able to help the children who beg me for protection. But so many do not ever come to me.” —Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Our Lady longs to help us, but we must open the doors of our hearts to her. Trusting in her great motherly protection and love, let us become devoted to coming to her with our needs and our gratitude. She desires to be our advocate in all things if we will only remember to approach her.
6. “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2:5)
Mary speaks these words to the servants with regards to Christ leading up to the miracle at the Wedding Feast at Cana. She intercedes on behalf of the smallest concerns of the hearts of the bride and groom and through this reveals the deeply loving relationship she has with Christ. We see Jesus honor his Mother in the miracle at Cana, but additionally, we see Mary entrust the situation entirely to her Son after simply stating the fact that there is no more wine. She directs the men to Jesus with complete confidence in the goodness of his Sacred Heart and in her relationship with Him, she need not say anything but “do whatever he tells you.”
7. “To save the souls of poor sinners, God wishes to establish the devotion to my Immaculate Heart throughout the world.” —Our Lady of Fatima
At Fatima, Our Lady revealed God's desire to be merciful to souls calling them to honor her through devotion to her Immaculate Heart. This devotion was given to the three children at Fatima that it may be spread throughout the world as a powerful recourse for sinners.
8. “My son and I redeemed the world as with one heart.” —Blessed Virgin to Saint Brigid of Sweden
Our Lady's words to St Brigid reveal her as co-redemptrix in Christ's passion. Her heart was in communion with Christ's during our redemption in a such a way that she is truly titled the co-redmeptrix. That Our Lady's heart is so profoundly tied to the incredible work and gift of our redemption further reveals her deep desire to intercede on behalf of the salvation of souls.
9. “The Virgin held in her hands, at the height of her shoulders, a golden ball which she seemed to be offering to God as she raised her eyes to heaven. Her fingers were covered with rings whose precious jewels sparkled brilliantly and showered down innumerable rays of light on the globe beneath her feet, almost obscuring the view of her feet. Mary lowered her eyes and looked directly at Catherine. 'The ball which you see represents the world, especially France, and each person in particular. These rays symbolize the graces I shed upon those who ask for them. The jewels which give no rays symbolize the graces that are not given because they are not asked for.'” —Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
The Blessed Virgin desires deeply to pour out graces upon souls. However, we see in this apparition to St. Catherine Labouré that, despite Mary's great desire to give us an abundance of graces, souls do not ask for them. Our Lady emphasizes the importance of our role in receiving these graces: we must ask that they be granted to us. The physical representation of this through the jewels makes her message very clear to us.
10. “I do not promise you happiness in this world, but in the next.” —Our Lady of Lourdes
It is sometimes difficult to live in acceptance of the world as the 'valley of tears,' and yet remain joyful and delight genuinely in the gifts and truly good things we may experience in it. Our Lady of Lourdes knows deeply our desire for happiness and freedom from sorrows. She reminds Bernadette that the world cannot offer us this happiness and freedom that we truly seek. This is an important reflection to make as we journey through the hardships and temptations of this life. The Blessed Mother's words are not meant to be discouraging––they are meant to direct our hearts to the place where they may find fulfillment. We are right to be grateful for and delight in the goods that the Lord sends to us in this world, however we remember them as a reflection of His Supreme Goodness and the eternal kingdom that he calls us to. Further, it is the state of this world that suffering will necessarily be a part of our pilgrimage. We are called to accept this as our lot without losing heart, fully alive, to follow faithfully in Christ's footsteps to true happiness.