Part of St. Louis de Montfort’s “Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin,” refers to her as “Daughter of God the Father.”
Now in one sense, everyone is a son or daughter of God the Father, for He created every human being, which makes us all children of God. Mary shares that with us.
However, in another sense, I strongly suspect that Mary is uniquely the daughter of God the Father in some way. It’s obvious that she is the Spouse of the Holy Spirit and Mother of God the Son in a unique way. These spectacular roles are visible from the fact that the Spirit impregnated her and she gave birth to the Son physically. These roles are spiritually present throughout all Christians, but are directly and most astonishingly visible in Mary. In her, these roles are at once shared and marvelously unique.
I’ve been struggling with the idea of what it means for Mary to be “Daughter of God the Father,” because I suspect it is just as spectacular a role as her role as Mother of God the Son and Spouse of the Holy Spirit. Only I can’t see exactly how it is.
The Catholic Church is uniquely “Daughter in Law” to God the Father through its marriage to His Son, though I don’t know exactly what that mystically means either.
How does Mary’s role as Daughter of God the Father work? What does it mean?
And how glorious and unique is it?