House of gold . . .
Gold is the most precious and prized of metals. Scripture describes objects made of gold as the most valuable and worthy of respect and reverence.
Because of Mary's unique perfections, and recipient of God's favors, graces, virtues, innocence, and purity, she has been so favored above and beyond all that is earthly that she is described as not only as golden, but a house of gold. In Mary dwelt a Divine Person who received from her his human life, and found in her the most perfect dwelling in which to grow, be nourished, and be protected.
Mary's body housed the Son of God in which his human nature grew and was nourished. Mary is our House of Gold. She desires to draw us closer to her Son, to be nourished by her love and strengthened in his life. As our mother she is solicitous that we grow in his love. The favors Mary asks of him for our welfare can never be refused.
The devotion to the holy virgin is delicious, sweet, nourishing. When we talk on earthly subjects or politics, we grow weary; but when we talk of the holy virgin, it is always new. (1) St. John Vianney
Our Lord, O most holy Virgin, has exalted you to such a degree that by his favor all things that are possible to him should be possible to you. (2) St. Anselm
As all in the temple was covered
with gold, so was everything in the beautiful soul of Mary filled with sanctity.
(3) St. Thomas
Mary was the house of gold which Eternal Wisdom, that is, the divine Word, chose for his dwelling on earth: Wisdom hath built herself a house. (4) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
That House of God is so rich that it can relieve all our wants. (5) Richard of St. Laurence
O Mary, you love God so much, and therefore you desire to see loved by all. This is the grace which above all others I ask of you, and which I hope from you. (6) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
This child being, then, destined to become the Mother of the Eternal Word, God enriched her with so great grace, that in the first moment of her Immaculate Conception her sanctity exceeded that of all the saints and angels together, for she received grace of a higher order - one that corresponded to the dignity of Mother of God. (7) St. Alphonsus de Liguori
Blessed are they who know you, O Mother of God, for the knowledge of you is the high road to everlasting life, and the publication of your virtues is the way of eternal salvation. (8) St. Bonaventure
conceiving the Lord in her body she had already conceived him in her soul.
She had made room for the Lord in her soul and thus really became the true
Temple where God made himself incarnate, where he became present on this earth.
(9) Benedict XVI, pope
The name of Mary
contains the brilliance of the virtues, the sweet refulgence of modesty and the
sacrifice pleasing to God. It is the sign of hospitality and the center of
holiness. (10) St. Francis Xavier