Mary's part in the sanctification of souls

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Continuing in Chap. 1, of St. Louis de Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”, it seems to me over and over again, how his words are for our time, as Truth is always the same:

  1. The plan adopted by the three persons of the Blessed Trinity in the Incarnation, the first coming of Jesus Christ, is adhered to each day in an invisible manner throughout the Church and they will pursue it to the end of time until the last coming of Jesus Christ.

  2. God the Father gathered all the waters together and called them the seas (maria). He gathered all his graces together and called them Mary (Maria). The great God has a treasury or storehouse full of riches in which he has enclosed all that is beautiful, resplendent, rare, and precious, even his own Son. This immense treasury is none other than Mary whom the saints call the “treasury of the Lord”. From her fullness all men are made rich.

  3. God the Son imparted to His mother all that He gained by His life and death, namely, His infinite merits and His eminent virtues. He made her the treasurer of all His Father had given Him as heritage. Through her He applies His merits to His members and through her He transmits His virtues and distributes His graces. She is His mystical channel, his aqueduct, through which he causes his mercies to flow gently and abundantly.

  4. God the Holy Spirit entrusted His wondrous gifts to Mary, His faithful spouse, and chose her as the dispenser of all He possesses, so that she distributes all His gifts and graces to whom she wills, as much as she wills, how she wills and when she wills. No heavenly gift is given to men which does not pass through her virginal hands. Such indeed is the will of God, who has decreed that we should have all things through Mary, so that, making herself poor and lowly, and hiding herself in the depths of nothingness during her whole life, she might be enriched, exalted and honoured by almighty God. Such are the views of the Church and the early Fathers.

I can add nothing to these beautiful and powerful words except to pray that we all, by His Grace, may live the Truth God has given to His Church. Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful. Jesus, we trust in You ! Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us.


That is so beautiful, and gives me some sense of the vastness of the love for us which Christ gave to Mary.

It also reminds me of a passage in Pope St. John Paul II’s “Mother of the Redeemer” encyclical:

In her exultation Mary confesses that she finds herself in the very heart of this fullness of Christ. She is conscious that the promise made to the fathers, first of all “to Abraham and to his posterity for ever,” is being fulfilled in herself. She is thus aware that concentrated within herself as the mother of Christ is the whole salvific economy, in which “from age to age” is manifested he who as the God of the Covenant, “remembers his mercy.”

And Pope St. Pius X–with other Popes–confirms this idea that all graces are given by Christ through Mary:

The source, then, is Jesus Christ “of whose fullness we have all received” ( John i., 16), “from whom the whole body, being compacted and fitly joined together by what every joint supplieth, according to the operation in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in charity” ( Ephesians iv., 16). But Mary, as St. Bernard justly remarks, is the channel (Serm. de temp on the Nativ. B. V. De Aquaeductu n. 4); or, if you will, the connecting portion the function of which is to join the body to the head and to transmit to the body the influences and volitions of the head - We mean the neck. Yes, says St. Bernardine of Sienna, "she is the neck of Our Head, by which He communicates to His mystical body all spiritual gifts" (Quadrag. de Evangel. aetern. Serm . x., a. 3, c. iii.).

Dear OScarlett and patricius, thanks for your “hearts” letting us know you appreciated the wisdom God gave to St. Louis de Montfort in writing his treatise on “True Devotion” :slight_smile:

Dear patricius,

Yes, indeed it is beautiful to read the insights God gives to His saints and to the Popes in writing about Our Holy Mother Mary. Pope St. John Paul did much to help many people deepen their understanding of Mary and how very important she is to all of us, othe Popes as well but JPII seems to stand out as one who was and is as his Papal Motto stated “Totus Tuus” :slight_smile:

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