[quote="JRKH, post:16, topic:286310"]
A beautiful quote.
No this saint is not "taking things too far" since nothing he says in the above quote in any way gives improper honor to our Holy Mother.
But remember the question you ask in the title of this thread..."Devotion to Mary is it **ever** too much" (emphasis mine).
I once had a person, right here on this website, a several years ago tell me that I was wrong to pray directly to the Father or to Jesus...That I need to pray through Mary...
I'm sure that you agree this person was taking devotion to Mary too far.
Thus - by that one statement from that one individual - demonstrated that - indeed there can be too much devotion to Mary.
I think this is wise for the saints would not be Saints if they did not agree with and promote Church teaching.
And of course by doing this you are in a very good place from which to correct people who, like the person I refer to above, DO take Marion devotion too far.
You can go to Jesus directly yes I would never deny that. What this devotion shows is humility. Since Mary is our advocate which we learn from St. Maximilian Kolbe that she shares in the mission of The Holy Spirit her spouse, to proclaim Christ, and to lead all to Him and union with Him. It is just a way of saying because we are sinful and full of desires of the flesh that we don't know whats best because of our weakness, and give it to Mary, since she has the keys to God's heart and knows whats best for his Glory.
St. Louis de Montfort compared it to using a chisel or using a mold. Sculptors have to work hard and can spoil the work in one misblown strick. But a mold doesn't involve much work and doesnt take much time. Mary is the mold of God She molds people into images of her Son. It is a smoother way, a perfect way of union with Christ.
When I first read St Louis de Montfort, yeah it was hard and made me nervous. But I started to know that it was Christ who was leading me to Her. I think part of me being "nervous" was because of the way I was raised as a child. I wasn't taught that Mary was important. But I didn't give up! I kept re-reading books until the Holy Spirit showed me that Christ and only Christ is the center of all Marian devotion. She can only lead to Jesus, and going to Her is only a way of loving Him tenderly.
I think that person was just passionate about Mary. But we all must remember that Christ came only through Her, and His strongest wish is that we come to Him through His blessed Mother. It can be rejected like anything else.