4 Reasons Mary Is “Blessed Among Women”

“And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” (Luke 1: 41-42)

Here are 4 reasons why I agree with Elizabeth:

  1. She is Jesus’ mother and ours. St. John is standing with Mary at the foot of the cross when Jesus looks upon them and directs these theologically rich words to his beloved apostle: “Behold your mother” (Jn 19:27). On death’s door due to crucifixion-induced asphyxiation every breath is precious and counted; yet our Lord labors to speak these words directly to John; and directly to the Church through the ages. The Saviour labored to speak these words, and the evangelist labored to record these words in his Gospel even though “there [were] also many other things that Jesus did” (see John 20: 30; 21:25). There at the cross Jesus gives His mother to St. John—and to us too—that we might also be under her protection, guidance and intercession. That moment of adoption at the cross was climactic as St. John’s next verse testifies, “After this…Jesus knew that all was now finished” (Jn 19:28)


  1. She is our perfect model. Since her conception Mary has been a saint—for her life was marked by perfect sanctity and suffering (see Lk 2:35). By a singular act of God at the moment she began to exist, the Mother of God was rendered free of all sin and perfected by grace. For the rest of her life she would remain pure from all sin, original and actual, because of this special “advance” of the grace won for her (and all of humanity) by Christ’s death and resurrection (Lk 1:47). Mary was “saved” indeed, but not like the rest of us; for she was saved at the first instant of her existence due to a special act of preservation by God. This fullness of grace of which Mary was endowed is evident by the angel Gabriel’s greeting, “Hail, full of grace” (Lk 1:28); and it must be noted that nowhere else in the Bible is any other person greeted by an angel in such a way—by a title. Just as we show respect by calling a physician “Doctor” or a judge ” Honorable”, Mary was called “Full of Grace” by the messenger from heaven. This explains why Mary in all her humility “was greatly troubled at the saying, and considered in her mind what sort of greeting this might be” (Lk 1:29). Thus if an archangel of God greets her with such reverence, how much more reverent should we, her children, be?


  1. She is our most powerful intercessor. This is why St. Louis de Montfort summoned all aspiring saints to consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary. It’s truly a shame more Christians have not turned to Mary for her perpetual help—and furthermore that some have outright turned away from her, a crisis of misunderstanding and misinstruction. The truth is: God has not abandoned us in our pursuit of Christ-like holiness for He has given us His mother to help us become the saints we are meant to be. This fact magnifies His infinite graciousness. Our pursuit of Christ-like holiness is really a pursuit of Christ Himself, and there is no one and no thing better equipped to lead us to Him than Our Lady, His mother. Fr. Michael Gaitley, author of 33 Days To Morning Glory, has reminded us that “according to St. Louis, total consecration to Mary is the quickest, easiest, surest way to holiness.” God wants to share everything He has (2 Pet 1:4) and indeed, Jesus who is the “one mediator between God and man” (1 Tim 2:5) shares His mediatorship with the whole Church and allows all members of the same Body of Christ, on earth and in heaven, to intercede for one another in love. We can “go straight to God” with our prayers (and we should) but we can also go to our brothers and sisters in Christ and pray for one another as St. Paul encourages (1 Tim 2:1-3). Above all, however, we should keep the Mother of God involved in our personal lives as our foremost “prayer warrior.” No person serious about sainthood can ignore Mary’s desire (and power) to present our needs at the throne of God; for indeed the prayer of a righteous person is great in its effects (James 5:16)  and as St. Ambrose wrote in A.D. 377, “[Mary’s] life is like a mirror reflecting the face of chastity and the form of virtue” (The Virgins 2: 2: 6).


  1. She is the ‘Queen Mother’. King David and his successors had one very unique (and important) thing in common during their reign: a Queen Mother. Instead of naming their wife (or one of their wives) as the “first lady” of the kingdom, the kings would place their mother at the right hand of the royal throne. Read 1 Kings 2:19. In this scene, Bathsheba approaches her son, King Solomon, to request a favor. King Solomon rises,bows to her and seats her at his right hand. Although her authority does not surpass that of the king, it is great in its effect. For example, in 1 Kings 1-2, the king shows his primacy by granting one request yet denying another (both granting and denying are acts of authority). The Queen Mother has honor and influence with the king, but the king remains the final authority – and this is what Catholics believe about Jesus, the King of Kings, and His mother Mary who He has “crowned with twelve stars” and made the Queen of Heaven (see Rev 12:1). The point is this: Mary is the Mother of God because she is the mother of Jesus, the final Davidic King; and since Jesus is eternally one divine person – before time and in time for all ages – Mary, who conceived, bore and raised Jesus can be called nothing less than the Mother of God (as the Councils of Ephesus and Chalcedon declared in the 5th century). Like all the saints and angels who continually intercede for us in heaven (Rev 5:8; 8:3-4), so also does Mary; for she is theMother of God and Queen of Heaven, who housed in her very womb Him whom “heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain” (1 Kings 8: 27).




  1. Peter Aiello Reply

    Anyone that God uses as our prayer warrior is God’s call. He uses angels, humans, and the Spirit within us for our benefit, as long as we are in Christ. When we remove out attention from Christ and apply it instead to His servants, we thwart His use of His servants for our benefit.

  2. Patrick Gannon Reply

    1. The author quotes John, the last gospel written, long after any witnesses had died off. The author notes the way crucifixion works – through asphyxiation, and points out how difficult it would be to talk while on the cross. I’ve seen science demonstrations by volunteers (roped not nailed) to a cross, and it was excruciating for them – indeed talking was almost impossible. Contrast John with the other gospels. In Matthew Jesus says nothing about his mother, and is clearly suffering on the cross. In Mark (the first gospel written) a suffering Jesus says nothing about his mother, but in Luke, Jesus chats up everyone on the way to the crucifixion and even chats up the criminals being crucified with him, and seems to have no trouble breathing. Jesus does not speak of his mother in Luke either. Neither Luke nor John has Jesus crying out to God asking why he has been forsaken. The only gospel where Mary is mentioned is the last one written, when the Church was being established and the orthodoxy beginning to come together, and women were made to be second class with the exception of Mary.
    2. The author says that since her conception Mary has been a saint without original sin – but when was this determined and why? In biblical times, they thought the man provided the seed – basically a teeny, tiny fully developed fetus that was inserted into the woman. However in the 1800s it was discovered that the male and female contributed equally. The whole reason Mary had to be a virgin in the first place, was so original sin wouldn’t be passed along – the idea being that if her husband Joseph or any man spawned Jesus, he would be born with original sin, and we can’t have that (and apparently Yahweh was powerless to make that happen without this virgin birth). But then it turned out that Mary had to have original sin from her own parents having had sex (sex is how original sin is passed on), and thus it meant Jesus would have been born with original sin and we can’t have that, so in 1854 the Church determined that Mary was the first and only human to be born without original sin. Why Jesus couldn’t have been born that way without the rigmarole is not stated. Also the fact that Yahweh can actually cause a human to be born without original sin raises the question, of why not do that for all of us? Why the Rube Goldberg device of Yahweh impregnating a virgin (original word was young maiden, not virgin), with himself, in order to sacrifice himself to himself in order to relieve us of a condition he placed on us in the first place, and which he easily removed from Mary. It hurts your head when you try to apply logic to religion.
    3. Why do we need an intercessor? Is Yahweh deaf, or too busy, or otherwise occupied? I never understood this as a kid. Why do I need to go through an intercessor to reach an omnipresent god?
    4. What need does Mary have for this power and what value is it, given that an all-powerful god, as mentioned in (3) above, should not require assistance. The way this is described, it’s almost as if Yahweh has it in for us. He’s out to get us, to torment us, to make us miserable and Mary stands between us and Yahweh to thwart his evil intentions. The message is that Yahweh is too busy or he’s the one we need to be protected from.
    I don’t have a lot of fondness for Mary. I was forced to do too many rosaries as a child – as punishment. I associate Mary with punishment. I will always remember Catholic summer camp where we were punished for some trivial offense by the brothers, forced to walk up and down the corrugated rubber mats lining the hallway on our bare knees reciting the rosary. Yeah, that gave me great love for Mary. But boy could I whip off those Hail Mary’s in a single breath!

  3. Peter Aiello Reply

    Did Jesus cease to become our intercessor between the Father and us? Hebrews 7:25 says that Jesus “is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them”. Hebrews 4:14-16 says: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need”.

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