Today, as we see our faith and our culture in such a state of ruin around us, we remember the greatest of graces brought to us through the simplest words of a very young Jewish maiden.
“God ordered light to be, and all things are made. The Blessed Virgin says: ‘Be it done unto me according to Thy word’, and the greatest of all things was accomplished. God’s Fiat is a Fiat of command; the Fiat of the Mother of God is a Fiat of obedience. By God’s command heaven and earth were made: by the Blessed Virgin’s obedience, the admirable incarnation of the eternal Word followed.”
The most pure Virgin’s love for the sweet Will of God was so intense, that it truly constituted the soul of her soul, the spirit of her spirit and the heart of her heart. This spirit and heart caused her to live a heavenly life, animated every power of her soul and all her interior and exterior senses, was the principle of all her actions, and inspired her to loving acceptance of all her affections. I hear my Savior tell us: “I came down from Heaven, not to do my own will, but the will of Him that sent me.” and “My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me that I may perfect His work” (John 6, 38; 4, 34).
The Blessed Mother can indeed truly repeat after Him: “I am in the world only to do the will of my Creator and I find my supreme pleasure in its constant fulfillment.” We read in the works of St. Gertrude that one day she made the following request of her divine Spouse: “I ask, dear Lord, and I desire with all my heart that Thy most praiseworthy Will be accomplished in me and in all Thy creatures, in the manner most pleasing to Thee.”