Dear Brothers and Sisters,
God willing, next Thursday, Feb. 20 I will begin the 33 Day Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, explained in St. Louis De Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”. The title (highlighted) is a link you can click on to take you to the online version. Paperback copies can be purchased at Amazon, if you’d like a copy of your own to underline and re-read often. Hopefully you will continue to read this beautiful “gem” of a book slowly and prayerfully and very often.
Today, I’d like to quote from the “Introduction” of his book:
INTRODUCTION OF SAINT LOUIS MARIE
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.
Because Mary remained hidden during her life she is called by the Holy Spirit and the Church “Alma Mater”, Mother hidden and unknown. So great was her humility that she desired nothing more upon earth than to remain unknown to herself and to others, and to be known only to God.
In answer to her prayers to remain hidden, poor and lowly, God was pleased to conceal her from nearly every other human creature in her conception, her birth, her life, her mysteries, her resurrection and assumption. Her own parents did not really know her; and the angels would often ask one another, “Who can she possibly be?”, for God had hidden her from them, or if he did reveal anything to them, it was nothing compared with what he withheld.
God the Father willed that she should perform no miracle during her life, at least no public one, although he had given her the power to do so. God the Son willed that she should speak very little although He had imparted his wisdom to her.
Even though Mary was His faithful spouse, God the Holy Spirit willed that his apostles and evangelists should say very little about her and then only as much as was necessary to make Jesus known.
- Mary is the supreme masterpiece of Almighty God and He has reserved the knowledge and possession of her for Himself. She is the glorious Mother of God the Son who chose to humble and conceal her during her lifetime in order to foster her humility. He called her “Woman” as if she were a stranger, although in His Heart He esteemed and loved her above all men and angels. Mary is the sealed fountain and the faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit where only He may enter. She is the sanctuary and resting-place of the Blessed Trinity where God dwells in greater and more divine splendour than anywhere else in the universe, not excluding His dwelling above the cherubim and seraphim. No creature, however pure, may enter there without being specially privileged.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the Hearts of Your Faithful, as you filled Mary, our Mother.