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Most Merciful

Central to Catholic veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary lies recognition of her supreme merciful virtues exemplified through compassion, intercession and grace mediation between struggling humanity and perfect divinity.


This steadfast mercy expressed itself throughout Mary's journey - evident in the thoughtful solicitude shown at Cana's wedding feast, courageously enduring Christ's passion, or consoling counsel offered to despairing disciples thereafter. 

The sword that pierced Mary's aggrieved heart at Calvary channels sanctifying grace upon all who seek relief through her patronage. For just as the infant Christ's tiny fingers once clasped his mother's so that she might comfort and nurture, so too now through mystical union does Mary clasp our hands in supplication to her. 

This typifies Marian mercy. Pathways between fragile humankind and flawless divinity run not unidirectionally, but rather bidirectional with holy efficacy flowing both ways. Mary's sacred vocation involves dispensing the ultimate divine Mercy himself, then ministering mercifully in an ongoing maternal capacity drawing souls toward God, directing graces upon Church, and revealing the meaning of Christ's redeeming sacrifice. 

At Lourdes, La Salette and Fatima, Mary appeared reiterating this merciful role calling humanity to penance, conversion and prayer. Through the intercession of the Most Merciful Virgin Mary, believers can seek the grace to cultivate mercy in their own lives. They can learn from Mary's example of compassion and forgiveness, extending mercy to those around them, just as she did.

Mary's mercy continues to inspire and guide believers, reminding them of the transformative power of a merciful heart. As they strive to live virtuous lives, they can look to the Most Merciful Virgin Mary as their model and seek her intercession in their pursuit of true mercy and compassion.

Scriptural Reference for Most Merciful 

(Luke 1:39, 56)

39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 

56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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