Brave like Virgin Mary by Ambrose of Milan

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“His mother stood before the Cross, and, while the men fled, she remained undaunted. Consider whether the Mother of Jesus, who did not lose her courage, could ever lose her virginal purity. With eyes full of pity, she looked upon her Son’s wounds, by which, as she knew, would come the redemption of the world. She, who did not fear her Son’s killers, assisted at his generous martyrdom.”

Ambrose of Milan, De institutione virginis 49; PL 16, 333

According to Greek Philosophy, courage is a virtue. A virtue is an active condition, i.e. a person needs to be actively doing something. Also, courage involves others and overcoming fear. Here, we see St. Mary’s being with Jesus across his journey to the cross. As a mother, she faced her fear and pain for the world’s salvation. How do you deal with your fears and pains? Do you face them like Virgin Mary?

If you are interested in more quotes on Virgin Mary, you can find them in Mary and the Fathers of the Church on Amazon in both in Kindle and paperback formats.


Gambero, L., 1999. Mary and the Fathers of the Church 1st ed. Translated by Buffer, T., San Francisco: Ignatius Press.

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