How do we hold onto our sense of internal peace when we feel that our world is being turned upside down, shaking our core beliefs and values into a state of confusion? We live in a time when virtue seems so trite by society’s current standards. And yet it is through virtue we can keep our sense of peace.
By definition, virtue is morally good behavior or character. “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” [Phil 4:8]. Certainly Mary, our Blessed Mother, is all these things and more.
Most pure, prudent, humble, faithful, devout, obedient, poor, patient, merciful, and sorrowful, Mary is our model of virtue. How else could Mary have taken on the responsibilities as Mother of our Savior and Mother to us all? Yes, Mary experienced anxiety, pain, and grief during her earthly lifetime. However, Mary was able to see according to God and never lose sight of God’s plan for the world’s salvation.
Mary remained steadfast in her beliefs and core values through all her joys, works, and in her sorrows for glory to God in the highest, giving her inner peace. Being our mother, Mary shares her virtues with us to keep us steady in this unsettled world. Mary helps us to see according to God and to live as people of good will to merit glory in Heaven.
People of Good Will
Like Mary, we can praise God; we can bless Him; we can adore Him; and we can glorify Him by the way we live our lives. With virtue, we become people of good will. We tend toward the good with all our “sensory and spiritual powers”; we pursue “the good and choose it in concrete actions” [CCC 1803]. However, we cannot achieve this on our own.
“Christ’s gift of salvation offers us the grace necessary to persevere in the pursuit of the virtues” [CCC 1811]. By the power of our Lady’s intercession to her Son, the Prince of Peace, our virtues and good works will flourish in our world. We can be a source of peace by following the way of our Savior and accepting the graces we need to be virtuous in our daily living. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid,” said Jesus [John 14:27].
To maintain our sense of peace in our hearts, minds, and souls, we must hold onto our virtues as given to us by God. With Mary’s guidance, we can hold on by always asking for God’s grace to light our way and to give us strength. Also let us not forget to frequent the sacraments and heed the promptings of the Holy Spirit to love what is good and to avoid what is evil. So long as we keep doing what we have learned from Christ in the Scriptures with the graces we have received, then the peace of our Lord will be with us always.