In the castle through which we wander there is one particular tower which draws the eyes of all. It is an ivory tower, and in this tower is a woman who means more to you than any other. She is beautiful with a timeless beauty, a unique and wild beauty that could only belong to one so full of grace. Her every word, her every look… they all speak truth and love. About her is the scent of the roses, and the feel of light and beauty. She is both a handmaiden and a queen. She is the health of the sick, a refuge of sinner, a comforter of the afflicted. She is herself like a star, the Morning Star, and she is crowned with twelve.
Fairy-tales tell us truths. There really is, as Chesterton says, incomprehensible happiness resting upon an incomprehensible condition. There really are dragons, and as Chesterton again says, the dragons can be defeated. There are wonders beyond all understandings; apples perhaps may not be golden, but they are unbelievably green. And quiet and simple girls really do become, because of their great purity and innocence, great queens.
When we think of these stories, such as the story of Cinderella, we should be astonished. We should be astonished because the fairy-tale came true, and like every fairy-tale that comes true the reality was far more beautiful than what the story could tell us.
There was, once upon a time, in historical fact, a young girl who lived in unremarkable circumstances. In historical fact she was the epitome of womanhood, and completely untainted by any sin. In historical fact she was visited by a messenger from Heaven who told her she would be the Mother of God. And in due time she gave birth to this Son. She raised Him, and as she knelt by His cradle at His birth she also knelt at His feet at His death. She was taken up into heaven, body and soul, and there her gloriously resurrected Son crowned her Queen of Heaven and Earth.
She is the Queen of the castle in which you live, as well. To her the princess should give respect and love. The princess should model herself after her. She exemplifies all the virtues which the princess should strive after.
And she is more than an ideal to view from a distance. She is a loving Mother, whose great longing is to show her children how to better love and serve their King. To the princess she not only offers an example. She offers her hand, her heart, her care, and her love.
This book isn’t going to discuss the ways in which the princess can take advantage of that offer. Take her to your heart as your mother, and let her take you as a daughter to her Immaculate Heart. What this section of the book will discuss are some of the beautiful examples of virtue she has set before us. I feel hardly qualified to speak of it when so many others have done so far better; nevertheless, let’s pause in this ivory tower for a moment and sit at her feet.
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