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Imitating Mary's 10 Amazing Virtues

Nov 09, 2017 By Catherine McManamon

A few years ago, a close friend introduced me to the 10 virtues of Mary. Although I had completed St. Louis de Montfort’s total consecration to Mary, I didn’t know anything about the 10 virtues formally associated with Our Lady. I was fascinated when I learned about the Blessed Mother’s virtues and before long, they were something that had become near and dear to my heart.

What are her 10 virtues? They are:

  • Angelic sweetness
  • Ardent charity
  • Blind obedience
  • Constant mental prayer
  • Divine wisdom
  • Heroic patience
  • Lively faith
  • Profound humility
  • Surpassing purity
  • Universal mortification

Wow. Mary’s virtues may seem overwhelming to us, but don’t worry. They’re not as daunting as they may seem. In this article, I will unpack each of Mary’s virtues and list practical ways in which we can practice them in our daily lives.

Angelic Sweetness

  • Meaning: Angelic – like or befitting an angel. Sweetness – beloved, kind, gracious, precious.
  • How Mary demonstrated Angelic Sweetness: Mary radiated joy and peace to everyone she encountered.
  • How we can live out this virtue: We can open our hearts to the grace that is available to us, show gratitude for God’s blessings. We can smile, and be kind, friendly, and sensitive towards others needs–putting their needs before our own.

Ardent Charity

  • Meaning: Ardent – characterized by warmth of feeling or passion. Charity – the theological virtue by which we love God above all things for His sake.
  • How Mary demonstrated Ardent Charity: Every action that Mary performed for those around her was done out of love for the Lord.
  • How we can live out this virtue: Be like the Blessed Mother and take on the disposition of love for those around you by bringing Jesus to them, the true and perfect Lover.

Blind Obedience

  • Meaning: Blind — Fully trusting in God’s plan for our lives, even when we don't fully understand it, knowing that He is Truth itself. Obedience — Obeying His commands as given through Holy Mother Church.
  • How Mary demonstrated Blind Obedience: Mary was able to confidently give her fiat at the moment of the Annunciation, and also in every circumstance after that.
  • How we can live out this virtue: We can believe and trust that God’s plan for us is good and loving. This is really hard, especially at times when life is uncertain, but you are not alone in the chaos. He is right there with you.

Constant Mental Prayer

  • Meaning: In the words of Saint Mother Teresa: “Mental prayer is the breath of life for our soul and holiness is impossible without it.” It doesn’t mean praying in the chapel all day, but simply loving God and others in every little act we perform.
  • How Mary demonstrated Constant Mental Prayer: Mary’s entire life was a prayer, due to her constantly placing herself in the presence of the Lord, every moment of her life.
  • How we can live out this virtue: Praise God. Make time for silence, for thanking Him, and for asking help to do His Will. Bring Christ into every little thing, offering up all your thoughts, words, actions, joys, and sorrows.

Divine Wisdom

  • Meaning: Divine – Proceeding from God. Wisdom: Knowledge of what is true and right, and having good judgment.
  • How Mary demonstrated Divine Wisdom: Mary was able to see the beauty of God’s will in every moment. She didn’t run to others first; she always conversed with the Lord first, so that she could embrace His Will.
  • How we can live out this virtue: Ask the Holy Spirit for the wisdom to see things through the eyes of Christ and not your own. Ask Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, to pray for you!

Heroic Patience

  • Meaning: Heroic — Knowing that God is Lord, no matter what challenges are faced. Patience — Quiet perseverance and peaceful waiting, as you abide in His love and wait for Him to reveal His will when the time is right.
  • How Mary demonstrated Heroic Patience: Mary gave her fiat, her “yes” to Christ. Mary’s patience culminated at the foot of her Son’s cross, where she truly became a martyr through her patient and complete suffering in union with Christ.
  • How we can live out this virtue: Unite your sufferings with the sufferings of Our Lord and Our Lady of Sorrows. Pray for the gift of perseverance and cultivate silence in your life and in your heart.

Lively Faith

  • Meaning: Lively – Full of life and spirited. Faith – When man completely submits his whole being to God, including his intellect and his will.
  • How Mary demonstrated Lively Faith: Mary completely submitted herself to God in an energetic way. She joyfully surrendered herself to the Lord.
  • How we can live out this virtue: Faith is a gift from God! To receive a gift, we must be in communion with the Giver. Choose to trust Him and practice receiving His gifts with humble, open palms.

Profound Humility

  • Meaning: Profound – Penetrating or entering deeply into subjects of thought or knowledge. Humility – Free from pride and arrogance; lowliness of mind.
  • How Mary demonstrated Profound Humility: Mary perfectly conformed herself to God’s Will. She saw herself as God saw her: nothing more, nothing less.
  • How we can live out this virtue: See yourself as God sees you! Pray the Litany of Humility, accept compliments gracefully and quietly, and don’t be embarrassed to have made mistakes in front of others.

Surpassing Purity

  • Meaning: Surpassing – Beyond or exceeding what is typical in magnitude or degree. Purity – The state of being free from sin; oneness of heart and mind in seeking God.
  • How Mary demonstrated Surpassing Purity: Everything in Mary was of God. Her mind and heart were pure. She lived her life with unity of purpose, seeking only to love and honor with all her heart, all her mind, and all her soul.
  • How we can live out this virtue: Live a life full of prayer and frequent the Sacraments. Strive to keep your mind pure and focused on heavenly things instead of things of this world.

Universal Mortification

  • Meaning: Universal – All-encompassing, applicable everywhere. Mortification – Dying to yourself and your own will.
  • How Mary demonstrated Universal Mortification: Mary died to herself from the moment she said, “Not my will but Yours be done.” She continued this throughout her entire life, continually dying to herself and totally uniting herself to her Son.
  • How we can live out this virtue: Make sacrifices and offer them up for the greater good of someone else. Mortify yourself in little daily events, such as getting up right away when the alarm goes off and not hitting the snooze button!

Mary’s 10 virtues are impressive to reflect on but don’t be discouraged. The key to conquering any task is to start small. Try picking one virtue each week, month, or year to intentionally focus on and practice emulating.

And remember: the Blessed Mother is right there with you every step of the way. Don’t be afraid to love her and to call upon her, asking for her guidance and assistance.

Lastly, don’t be afraid to allow her to love you. As St. Maximilian Kolbe said,

Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.


gladys allam says
Feb 7 2019 5:15PM
diana valenzuela, i suggest that you spend some time in front of the blessed sacrament every friday. you'll see why.
gladys allam says
Feb 7 2019 5:08PM
my daughter is using this site to help her write a speech on surpassing purity and it is a big help.
Jan 15 2019 1:05AM
Thanks for a great help!
Amarachi Anastecia says
Oct 1 2018 1:03AM
Wow this article on virtues of our lady is fascinating and inviting as well.l found it very helpful and all christians are invited to practice these virtues of our dear mother Virgin Mary.
Apr 29 2018 1:22PM
Emily Elizabeth Daniel, your parish probably has a variety of options available. Have you checked? Although not because of marriage, I am a convert and so I understand your need. Also, when you go to Mass, read along and participate in every word of the Liturgy. Sing along with every hymn. This helps a lot.
Eileen says
Apr 29 2018 8:39AM
Our dear Lady Mary is God's give to us from the cross of Christ when He gave her to us through Saint John caring for her till God took her home. She is the example of all virtue.. To Jesus thru Mary.
Emily Elizabeth Daniel says
Apr 24 2018 8:34AM
I was a Catholic by marriage. I need personal and private prayers concerning my spiritual life. I cannot just sit down on my own and read the Bible because I don't know which of the Bible book, chapter and verses to read for every problem i encountered in my life. I need your advice please.
Hi Emily!
I would highly recommend that you invest in one or both of these awesome resources:

I've used the first one myself and it is very powerful for diving into the Gospels, and the second will give you lots of resources for study and prayer! God bless.
Emily Elizabeth Daniel says
Apr 24 2018 8:14AM
Very inspiring. Please can you be sending any inspiring messages to my email below. Remain blessed as I await your response. Thank you.
Emmanuel Edeh Sunday says
Mar 24 2018 3:06AM
I love this work. Please can you send me some copies of these articles. My project topic is on the blessed virgin Mary. This is my email address Pls Pls Pls
It should be simple enough to just copy and paste, and then cite any information you use for the project.
Catherine Engle says
Jan 16 2018 2:01PM
This was a wonderful read to come across today; especially at a time of needing it the most. I will refer to this often to maintain focus on my faith. Thank you
Michele Craig says
Jan 16 2018 12:45PM
Thank you for sharing. I also live in Charlotte and my kids are in the MACS system.
Diana Valenzuela says
Jan 16 2018 8:16AM
I also enjoyed reading this and would love to do this but I forget and sometimes don't understand how to apply it in my life. My mind is constantly full of clutter. Blessed Mother I want to imitate you pray for me.
Randall says
Nov 18 2017 10:24PM
I will save these and pray the litany of Humility.
ELENA says
Nov 17 2017 9:04PM
Without God and Mama Mary, we are nothing. I love this reading it is very inspirational. Thank you.
Roxanne Helen Yannul says
Nov 17 2017 11:06AM
Wonderful, helpful article! Thank you!
Cindy Coupart says
Nov 16 2017 6:38AM
I love this I always look for ways to strengthen my faith I have a lot of problems now and my faith Korea than ever!
Yolanda says
Nov 15 2017 2:45AM
Thank you, for this. I will come back to read and or print to have to read and be reminded how to be more with our Lord Jesus and our Holy Mother, Mary.
Philip Mancino says
Nov 13 2017 11:35PM
Very inspirational!!
Irene M. says
Nov 13 2017 10:36PM
Just Beautiful ! will try to come back and read them again; try with Mary's help to do some, if at all possibile.Irene
Andrea says
Nov 11 2017 10:18AM
This was wonderful! Thank You!!!
Joan Fleszar says
Nov 10 2017 5:06PM
Without God and his Mother, we are nothing.Amen

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