Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Virgo Prudentissima – Ora Pro Nobis

2015.05.02 Virgin most prudent (BVM DSCN0218)

[Mary] answers the angel, and says : Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.

Oh, what more beautiful, more humble, and more prudent answer could all the wisdom of men and of angels united have invented, if they had thought of it for millions of years !

Oh powerful answer, which gave joy in heaven, and poured upon the earth a vast flood of graces and blessings! Answer, that hardly came forth from the humble heart of Mary before it drew from the bosom of the eternal Father, the only begotten Son, to become man in her most pure womb! Yes, for hardly had she uttered these words: Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done to me according to thy word; when immediately the Word was made flesh: “Verbum caro factum est;” the Son of God became also the Son of Mary. Oh powerful Fiat! exclaims St. Thomas of Villanova; oh efficacious Fiat! oh Fiat to be reverenced above every fiat!  for by another fiat God created the light, the heaven, and the earth; but by this Fiat of Mary, says the saint, God be came man like us. (The Glories of Mary by St. Alphonsus de Liguori)

If we hear God’s voice this day, calling us to do something for love of him, what would our answer be?  Would we trust and give God our total Fiat so that Christ can come into our heart and make us an instrument of salvation?

Today, we also celebrate the feast of Saint Athanasius, who was a doctor of the Church and an outstanding champion of Christ’s divinity.  Because of his love and devotion toward Mary, it is beyond a doubt that the saint’s wisdom and understanding came through the hands of this Virgin most prudent, the Spouse of the Holy Spirit.  Let us pray in the words of Saint Athanasius:

Give ear to our prayers, O most Holy Virgin, and be mindful of us. Dispense unto us  the gifts of thy riches, and the abundance of the graces with which thou art filled. The archangel saluted thee, and called thee full of grace. All nations call thee blessed. The whole hierarchy of heaven blesses thee; and we, who are of the terrestrial hierarchy, also address thee, saying, Hail, fall of grace, our Lord is with thee; pray for us, O holy Mother of God, our Lady and our Queen.

*** To spread devotion to our Blessed Mother, our monastery will give away knotted Rosaries to the first seven (7) readers who will contact us at  The package will include instructions on how to pray the Rosary according to the Dominican tradition.

Mary, Virgin most prudent, pray for us!

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