Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Yesterday pondering the 10 principle virtues of Mary, listed by St. Louis de Monfort, we emphasized her deep humility. Today, we continue in Chapter two of True Devotion:
- Fourth, true devotion to our Lady is constant. It strengthens us in our desire to do good and prevents us from giving up our devotional practices too easily. It gives us the courage to oppose the fashions and maxims of the world, the vexations and unruly inclinations of the flesh and the temptations of the devil. Thus a person truly devoted to our Blessed Lady is not changeable, fretful, scrupulous or timid. We do not say however that such a person never sins or that his sensible feelings of devotion never change. When he has fallen, he stretches out his hand to his Blessed Mother and rises again. If he loses all taste and feeling for devotion, he is not at all upset because a good and faithful servant of Mary is guided in his life by faith in Jesus and Mary, and not by feelings.
Mary’s second virtue, St. Louis listed was her lively faith.
In the Old Testament, Abraham, willing to sacrifice his son Issac, is called the “father of faith”, while Mary in the New Testament is the “Mother of our faith”. Immaculately conceived, Mary was given Supernatural Faith, as we are given Supernatural Faith in our Baptism. How important it is for us to ask the Holy Spirit to increase our Faith, enabling us to “Behold” the wonderful work of God in Mary, that beholding her may lead us to ask for more and more grace to live by Faith as Mary did!
God permits trials as we read in James 1: 3-8:
…the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly, and he will be given it. But he should ask in faith, not doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed about by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord, since he is a man of two minds, unstable in all his ways…
We cannot serve two masters – Mary served God and so must we. Our faith is from God and toward God and is not placed in ourselves. We believe Him as Mary did; we do not put our faith in the world’s way of thinking nor in our own selfish way of thinking, but we ask the Holy Spirit to teach us, increasing in us Supernatural Faith Hope and Divine Charity, and the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit – all given in Baptism. We must ask to be delivered from “double-mindedness” in order to have the Mind of Christ to seek only God’s Will. May we say our “yes” daily with Mary, in Faith with no doubting.