“When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others” (Matthew 6:2). This passage perfectly sums up the virtue of magnanimity.
The magnanimous person is also humble because they know all their talents and virtues are bestowed on them by the grace of God. When they lift the trumpet to blow it, it is to acknowledge the achievements of those around them. They confidently possess a strength of charism, which does not need attention but instead receives satisfaction by witnessing the success and joy of others. This person has an emotional maturity that has developed over time by embracing each challenge and moving through it with God’s grace.
By prayerfully reading Mary’s song of praise, the Magnificat, we witness the virtue of magnanimity and humility on full display. Mary shows us the beauty of a life lived fully anchored in God’s love. As the pure model of holiness, her life is the example we all aspire to imitate. It is an interior attitude of saying “yes,” being open to the Holy Spirit who will bring to life the Son and transform each one of us into the unique person Christ created us to be. Mary’s song is our song, the true trumpet we blow in humble confidence.
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