Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are almost at the end of Chapter 1 of St. Louis de Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”, and hopefully those devoted to Mary are growing ever closer to Jesus because as St. Louis pointed out in the first paragraph of Chap. 1:
With the whole Church I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, compared to his infinite majesty, less than an atom, or rather is simply nothing, since He alone can say, “I am He who is”. Consequently, this great Lord, who is ever independent and self-sufficient, never had and does not now have any absolute need of the Blessed Virgin for the accomplishment of His will and the manifestation of His glory. To do all things He has only to will them.
However, I declare that, considering things as they are, because God has decided to begin and accomplish His greatest works through the Blessed Virgin ever since He created her, we can safely believe that He will not change His plan in the time to come, for He is God and therefore does not change in His thoughts or His way of acting.
We need prayerfully to listen to the whole of this little treatise, remembering the Infinite and Eternal Wisdom of God and His Infinite and Eternal Love in sending Jesus through Mary by the power of His Holy Spirit. We continue now in Chap. 1 of the treatise where we left off yesterday:
If devotion to the Blessed Virgin is necessary for all men simply to work out their salvation, it is even more necessary for those who are called to a special perfection. I do not believe that anyone can acquire intimate union with our Lord and perfect fidelity to the Holy Spirit without a very close union with the most Blessed Virgin and an absolute dependence on her support.
Mary alone found grace before God without the help of any other creature. All those who have since found grace before God have found it only through her. She was full of grace when she was greeted by the Archangel Gabriel and was filled with grace to overflowing by the Holy Spirit when He so mysteriously overshadowed her. From day to day, from moment to moment, she increased so much this twofold plenitude that she attained an immense and inconceivable degree of grace. So much so, that the Almighty made her the sole custodian of His treasures and the sole dispenser of His graces. She can now ennoble, exalt and enrich all she chooses. She can lead them along the narrow path to heaven and guide them through the narrow gate to life. She can give a royal throne, sceptre and crown to whom she wishes. Jesus is always and everywhere the fruit and Son of Mary and Mary is everywhere the genuine tree that bears that Fruit of life, the true Mother who bears that Son.
God willing, tomorrow we celebrate the Memorial of the Queenship of Mary. Let us today remember with loving gratitude the Indwelling Trinity infused into our souls in Baptism. Let us ask Jesus and Mary to reign in our hearts as King and Queen now and forever!