Thanks for your reply – great question – so glad you asked!
God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son. Jesus, the Word made Flesh was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit, and born of the Virgin Mary. He came to us the first time through Mary and He continues to come to us through her as Mother and Model for the Church.
The Catholic Church has taught this for centuries, and St. Louis De Montfort, in writing his treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” is consistent with what the Church teaches today. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church we find much to ponder on Mary and her role in God’s Plan:
Paragraph 6. MARY - MOTHER OF CHRIST, MOTHER OF THE CHURCH
963 Since the Virgin Mary’s role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider her place in the mystery of the Church. “The Virgin Mary . . . is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the redeemer… She is ‘clearly the mother of the members of Christ’ … since she has by her charity joined in bringing about the birth of believers in the Church, who are members of its head.” “Mary, Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church.”
I. MARY’S MOTHERHOOD WITH REGARD TO THE CHURCH
Wholly united with her Son . . .
964 Mary’s role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. “This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception up to his death” it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:
Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother’s heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: “Woman, behold your son.”
In his treatise on “True Devotion”, St. Louis de Montfort wrote:
- It was through the Blessed Virgin Mary that Jesus came into the world, and it is also through her that he must reign in the world.
I hope you will read either the online version of this little treatise, on “True Devotion” by clicking on the link above or consider purchasing a copy; see HERE. Please read prayerfully, and slowly. If you have questions, keep reading because I believe the Holy Spirit will help you through the words He inspired in St. Louis de Montfort.
Please feel free also to write questions on this or future threads, and I’ll try to help too.