Litany of Loreto ~ Mirror of Justice ~ Rosary  

   

When our Lady is called the "Mirror of Justice," it is meant to say that she is the Mirror of sanctity, holiness, supernatural goodness.

What is meant by calling her a mirror? A mirror is a surface which reflects. What did Mary reflect? She reflected our Lord - but He is Infinite Sanctity. She then, as far as a creature could, reflected His Divine Sanctity.

(Cardinal Newman)

Litany of Loreto ~ Mirror of Justice ~ Rosary

This one-of-a-kind rosary was inspired by the Marian title "Mirror of Justice" from the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (aka Loreto).
The Aves are vintage 9mm cubes of rose givre with vitrail (mirrored) finish.  The Paters are sterling capped 12mm faceted cathedral beads.
The rosary is joined by a sterling Sacred Heart, and the magnificent 3" sterling crucifix is richly-detailed, with Madonna and Child on one side and corpus on the other.

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with pamphlet describing the Litany of Loreto
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Mirror of Justice

Litany of Loreto ~ Mirror of Justice ~ Rosary

The various symbolic meanings of the mirror highlight: (1) purity of the soul; (2) self-knowledge and moral integrity, as well as (3) its ability to reflect reality.  Mary's soul is holy and pure.  She reflects the Sun of Justice, meaning God's perfection and holiness.  She is the mirror without blemish of God's majesty (Wisdom 7:6).  The Sun of Justice is reflected in the image of Mother and Child.  The angel with balance and sword, usually a symbol of justice, signifies God's perfection.  There is a second and oval mirror whose surface is tainted and marred.  In it, three shadowy silhouettes can be barely perceived, featuring Adam or sinful humanity between Good and Evil, that is Satan, beckoning and tempting, and the guardian angel watching over his protégé.  This mirror does not reflect light and perfection but darkness and sin, or at least the blurred human vision of God and eternity.

Thus Paul reminds us that "at present we see indistinctly as in a mirror, but then face to face" (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Speculum Justitiae


 

Mary is the "Speculum Justitiæ," the Mirror of Justice 

by Cardinal Newman

Here first we must consider what is meant by justice, for the word as used by the Church has not that sense which it bears in ordinary English. By "justice" is not meant the virtue of fairness, equity, uprightness in our dealings; but it is a word denoting all virtues at once, a perfect, virtuous state of soul—righteousness, or moral perfection; so that it answers very nearly to what is meant by sanctity. Therefore when our Lady is called the "Mirror of Justice," it is meant to say that she is the Mirror of sanctity, holiness, supernatural goodness.

Next, what is meant by calling her a mirror? A mirror is a surface which reflects, as still water, polished steel, or a looking-glass. What did Mary reflect? She reflected our Lord—but He is infinite Sanctity. She then, as far as a creature could, reflected His Divine sanctity, and therefore she is the Mirror of Sanctity, or, as the Litany says, of Justice.

Do we ask how she came to reflect His Sanctity? {32} —it was by living with Him. We see every day how like people get to each other who live with those they love. When they live with those whom they don't love, as, for instance, the members of a family who quarrel with each other, then the longer they live together the more unlike each other they become; but when they love each other, as husband and wife, parents and children, brothers with brothers or sisters, friends with friends, then in course of time they get surprisingly like each other. All of us perceive this; we are witnesses to it with our own eyes and ears—in the expression of their features, in their voice, in their walk, in their language, even in their handwriting, they become like each other; and so with regard to their minds, as in their opinions, their tastes, their pursuits. And again doubtless in the state of their souls, which we do not see, whether for good or for bad.

Now, consider that Mary loved her Divine Son with an unutterable love; and consider too she had Him all to herself for thirty years. Do we not see that, as she was full of grace before she conceived Him in her womb, she must have had a vast incomprehensible sanctity when she had lived close to God for thirty years?—a sanctity of an angelical order, reflecting back the attributes of God with a fulness and exactness of which no saint upon earth, or hermit, or holy virgin, can even remind us. Truly then she is the Speculum Justitiæ, the Mirror of Divine Perfection.

 

 

   
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