Mary’s Beatitude

Mary’s Beatitude

“Hail Mary … blessed are you among women” we say when reciting the “Hail Mary” prayer. That Mary of Nazareth is a blessed woman, we have no doubt about. The real question is how is Mary blessed? In what does Mary’s beatitude (blessedness) primarily consist in? Some might say that Mary is blessed because she is the mother of Jesus: like the woman in the crowd who, filled with emotion upon seeing Jesus, cries out, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts that nursed you!” (cfr Lk 11:27). It’s possible that this woman – perhaps herself a mother – was filled with admiration and holy envy of the Woman who gave birth to the Messiah, who gave God the Son His human nature. But lest we remain with the understanding that Mary is blessed principally for being the...