Dear Brothers and Sisters,
As we continue these 12 preliminary days of our journey, seeking “to rid ourselves of the spirit of the world”, let us remember what God tells us about the spirit of the world in Scripture:
…Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, sensual lust, enticement for the eyes, and a pretentious life, is not from the Father but is from the world. Yet the world and its enticement are passing away. But whoever does the will of God remains forever …
(1 John 2: 15-17)
St. Louis de Montfort, is steeped in Scripture. Listening to God’s Word, he knew how important it is to “rid ourselves of the spirit of the world”. We do not rid ourselves of the world God created and saw it was good. The creation is a beautiful expression of the beauty of God Himself. What the Apostle John in his letter and St. Louis in his little book on “True Devotion” are both warning us about is a “spiritual reality” existing in the physical world in which we live. We need to love the Father, and seek to do His Will in the world as Jesus did. We cannot love God and the world which opposes Him by choosing the evil the world offers us through certain persons, places and things. We cannot serve 2 masters. Jesus gave us Mary from His Cross to be our human model. She is all we are called to be in this world. She is the perfect icon of the Church as the first and perfect disciple of Jesus. Mary our Mother is our human model because her only model is the Word Incarnate, her son Jesus. St. Louis De Montfort writes in the first part of his book:
…18. God the Son came into her virginal womb as a new Adam into his earthly paradise, to take his delight there and produce hidden wonders of grace.
God-made-man found freedom in imprisoning himself in her womb. He displayed power in allowing himself to be borne by this young maiden. He found his glory and that of his Father in hiding his splendours from all creatures here below and revealing them only to Mary. He glorified his independence and his majesty in depending upon this lovable virgin in his conception, his birth, his presentation in the temple, and in the thirty years of his hidden life. Even at his death she had to be present so that he might be united with her in one sacrifice and be immolated with her consent to the eternal Father, just as formerly Isaac was offered in sacrifice by Abraham when he accepted the will of God. It was Mary who nursed him, fed him, cared for him, reared him, and sacrificed him for us.
The Holy Spirit could not leave such wonderful and inconceivable dependence of God unmentioned in the Gospel, though he concealed almost all the wonderful things that Wisdom Incarnate did during his hidden life in order to bring home to us its infinite value and glory. Jesus gave more glory to God his Father by submitting to his Mother for thirty years than he would have given him had he converted the whole world by working the greatest miracles. How highly then do we glorify God when to please him we submit ourselves to Mary, taking Jesus as our sole model.
Come Holy Spirit, enlighten our minds and strengthen our wills to rid ourselves of the spirit of the world.
Mary our Mother intercede for us that we may grow daily in our love for God, and serve only Him as you did in this world.
Jesus, we trust in You!