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Cause of Our Joy

Mary is cause of our joy, because, under God, she gives us Jesus,
 the Source of all joy.  Mary is cause of our ever-increasing joy, because she always unites us --if we allow her-- to the Heart of Jesus.

Litany of Loreto ~ Cause of Our Joy~ rosaries

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Litany of Loreto Rosaries

Cause of Our Joy

by Charles M. Mangan


The mere thought of Mary the Mother of God has caused faithful Christians the world over to exult in joy. Why? Because she, the humble maiden of Nazareth, freely and cheerfully accepted her august role in the redemption of men wrought by her Divine Son. Consequently, it is possible for a human person to become holy!

The Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Volume I (New York: Catholic Book Publishing Co., 1992) offers the traditional rationale for why the Ever-Virgin Mother of Christ is venerated under the glorious title of Cause Nostrae Laetitiae ("Cause of our Joy"):

The Church as the Bride of Christ has always found joy in its (her) Bridegroom and returned His love with ever-increasing joy. Since Jesus had come to us through Mary, the Church came gradually to understand that the Blessed Virgin, because of her cooperation in the Incarnation of the Word, is the cause or origin or source of this great joy; the Church has known too that the sorrow brought into the world by Eve's disobedience has been changed into joy by Mary's obedience, and so it began to honor her with the title "cause of our joy." Devotion to our Lady under this title has developed especially in France and Canada (Notre Dame de Liesse).

In the Litany of Loreto, we hail Mary as "the Cause of our Joy," recognizing her submission to the power of the Holy Spirit, resulting in the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity coming to earth. Jesus Christ, the God-Man, makes us joyful because of His influence over our destiny. We now have the opportunity to inherit everlasting life, thanks to His unsurpassable Incarnation, His selfless Passion, His agonizing Death, and His jubilant Resurrection. Mary also makes us joyful because we acknowledge how her fiat changed the course of human history. Her "yes" broke the chains of death established by Eve's haughty "no."

Sadly, the word joy, like love or charity, is often misused in modern discourse. Authentic joy (which is one of the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit), writes Father John A. Hardon, S.J., in his helpful Modern Catholic Dictionary (Garden City, New York: Doubleday Company, Inc., 1979), is "the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good." This is true spiritual joy, which "is possessed by angels and human beings, and its source is the rational will." One may speak about the joy of baseball or cooking; however, spiritual joy is quite a different reality.

Mary does really cause us joy because through her legacy we hold the expectation of the good which she has won through her fidelity to the inscrutable plan of the Almighty, namely friendship with Christ (for us, now here on earth; for Our Blessed Lady, now in Paradise).

It has been said that real joy is contagious. Mother Teresa of Calcutta has often quipped that she can immediately discern - even without looking - when several members of the Missionaries of Charity are present: the spiritual joy which they experience is tangible. Moreover, that very joy is waiting to be shared. Undoubtedly, the close connection which these pious religious have to the Immaculate Heart of Mary continually inspires them to be consecrated religious striving to imitate the abundant joy found deep in the words and actions of Mary.

To ponder the role of Mary in our redemption leads to astonishment. How good God has been to His people! How trusting Mary was - and remains today - in the Word of the Lord!

The Opening Prayer of the Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cause of Our Joy, not only asserts the truth of the belief that, indeed, Mary is the cause of our joy but also offers the hope that we - the children of the Mother of Jesus - will benefit from this reality:

Lord, our God, You were pleased to bring joy to the world through the incarnation of Your Son. Grant that we who honor His Mother, the cause of our joy, may always walk in the way of Your commandments with our hearts set on true and lasting joy.


Our Lady is presented as autonomous figure, possibly pregnant as seems to indicate the Visitation scene in the lower half of this illustration.  The medallion with Our Lady is flanked by Judith with the head of Holofernes and Esther dancing and playing the tambourine.  The captions invite celebration and joy (Esther 10:10 and Nehemiah 12:43).

Separated by agroup of musical instruments, the scene of the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth illustrates why Mary is cause of our joy.  The moment Mary’s greeting sounded in Elizabeth’s ear, the baby leapt in her womb for joy (Luke 1:44).  Mary’s role as announcer and cause of joy, the joy of redemption for all, is further visualized in two lateral scenes, one depicting the souls in purgatory, the other a group of Old Testament figures (among them Moses and David) awaiting the Messiah.  "Our sadness will be changed into joy," says the lemma, meaning that there is hope for all who believe in the Good News made flesh in Mary, the cause of our joy.

Causa Nostrae Laetitiae


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