Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing Chapter One in St. Louis De Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary”:
If we examine closely the remainder of the life of Jesus Christ, we see that he chose to begin his miracles through Mary. It was by her word that he sanctified Saint John the Baptist in the womb of his mother, Saint Elizabeth; no sooner had Mary spoken than John was sanctified. This was his first and greatest miracle of grace. At the wedding in Cana he changed water into wine at her humble prayer, and this was his first miracle in the order of nature. He began and continued his miracles through Mary and he will continue them through her until the end of time.
God the Holy Spirit, who does not produce any divine person, became fruitful through Mary whom he espoused. It was with her, in her and of her that he produced his masterpiece, God-made-man, and that he produces every day until the end of the world the members of the body of this adorable Head. For this reason the more he finds Mary his dear and inseparable spouse in a soul the more powerful and effective he becomes in producing Jesus Christ in that soul and that soul in Jesus Christ.
This does not mean that the Blessed Virgin confers on the Holy Spirit a fruitfulness which he does not already possess. Being God, he has the ability to produce just like the Father and the Son, although he does not use this power and so does not produce another divine person. But it does mean that the Holy Spirit chose to make use of our Blessed Lady, although he had no absolute need of her, in order to become actively fruitful in producing Jesus Christ and his members in her and by her. This is a mystery of grace unknown even to many of the most learned and spiritual of Christians.
Again, please let us remember St. Louis de Montfort prayerfully studied Scripture, Tradition and the Magisterium. He is writing the Truth he heard and we do well to listen and ponder in the light of other Saints who repeat the Truth of Mary’s importantce to us. The Catechism of the Catholic Church as I posted yesterday uses the word “intrinsic” in describing the Church’s devotion to Mary and her connection to Christian worship; “intrinsic” means essential! I hope all who read these threads will continue to ponder the depth of St. Louis de Montfort’s writing.
Servant of God Frank Duff confessed that he was not impressed when he first read this little treatise, but he soon realized the problem was not with St. Louis, but rather with his own lack of knowledge. God provided a retreat during which a priest gave him more to read on Mary and after Frank read “True Devotion” about half a dozen times he said to himself: “This is True”!!! To read Frank Duff’s own words on his experience see HERE