We have concluded our weekly reflections on the virtues, so I thought we could embark on the remainder of the school year with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

During Mary’s month of May, I want to start with the title of Mary as Seat of Wisdom. In the Acts of the Apostles, we find Mary in the Upper Room in prayer, united with the other women and the Apostles (Acts 1:14). She, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit, waits for the promise to be fulfilled (John 14:26). The gift of wisdom perfects love and enables us to order our life according to God’s will—in sum, to see the world from God’s perspective. Mary is the Seat of Wisdom because she knew from the moment of her existence that God is Love. All she experienced and pondered in her heart in life was viewed from this lens, and this enabled her to say “Fiat,” “Do whatever He tells you.” As a result, she had the courage to walk where He walked (1 John 2:6), even to the foot of the Cross where she became our mother (John 1:27). 

During May, let us entrust ourselves to Mary and open our hearts to the Holy Spirit’s movement in our daily lives. With her, may we too be able to proclaim, “The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name” (Luke 1:49).

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us. 

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