Nov. 16 - "It helps us to imitate Christ"

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Let us listen to God’s Wisdom, in the words He gave to St. Louis De Montfort, in “True Devotion”. Today we hear how this Devotion helps us:

2. It helps us to imitate Christ

  1. Our good Master stooped to enclose himself in the womb of the Blessed Virgin, a captive but loving slave, and to make Himself subject to her for thirty years. As I said earlier, the human mind is bewildered when it reflects seriously upon this conduct of Incarnate Wisdom. He did not choose to give himself in a direct manner to the human race though he could easily have done so. He chose to come through the Virgin Mary. Thus He did not come into the world independently of others in the flower of His manhood, but he came as a frail little child dependent on the care and attention of his Mother. Consumed with the desire to give glory to God, his Father, and save the human race, He saw no better or shorter way to do so than by submitting completely to Mary.

He did this not just for the first eight, ten or fifteen years of his life like other children, but for thirty years. He gave more glory to God, his Father, during all those years of submission and dependence than he would have given by spending them working miracles, preaching far and wide, and converting all mankind. Otherwise he would have done all these things.

What immeasurable glory then do we give to God when, following the example of Jesus, we submit to Mary! With such a convincing and well- known example before us, can we be so foolish as to believe that there is a better and shorter way of giving God glory than by submitting ourselves to Mary, as Jesus did?

  1. Let me remind you again of the dependence shown by the three divine Persons on our Blessed Lady. Theirs is the example which fully justifies our dependence on her. The Father gave and still gives his Son only through her. He raises children for himself only through her. He dispenses his graces to us only through her. God the Son was prepared for mankind in general by her alone. Mary, in union with the Holy Spirit, still conceives him and brings him forth daily. It is through her alone that the Son distributes his merits and virtues. The Holy Spirit formed Jesus only through her, and he forms the members of the Mystical Body and dispenses his gifts and his favours through her.

With such a compelling example of the three divine Persons before us, we would be extremely perverse to ignore her and not consecrate ourselves to her. Indeed we would be blind if we did not see the need for Mary in approaching God and making our total offering to Him.

Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we thank You for the gift of Your humble Handmaid and Mother Mary – giving her to us in our human lives. Let us hear and do the Truth Jesus spoke from His Cross:

Behold your Mother

Holy God, by Your Grace, may we obey as John did, and take Mary into our homes, and into our lives! O Jesus living in Mary, come and life in us!

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