Dear Brothers and Sisters,
God invites us all to grow in holiness. His Saints have cooperated most fully with His Grace in honoring Him through Mary. In writing “True Devotion”, St. Louis de Montfort quotes God’s Widom given to other Saints besides himself!
- Here are a few passages from the Fathers of the Church which I have chosen to prove what I have just said: “Mary has two sons, the one a God-man, the other, mere man. She is Mother of the first corporally and of the second spiritually” (St. Bonaventure and Origen).
"This is the will of God who willed that we should have all things through Mary. If then, we possess any hope or grace or gift of salvation, let us acknowledge that it comes to us through her" (St. Bernard).
"All the gifts, graces, virtues of the Holy Spirit are distributed by the hands of Mary, to whom she wills, when she wills, as she wills, and in the measure she wills" (St. Bernardine).
“As you were not worthy that anything divine should be given to you, all graces were given to Mary so that you might receive through her all graces you would not otherwise receive” (St. Bernard).
- St. Bernard tells us that God, seeing that we are unworthy to receive His graces directly from Him, gives them to Mary so that we might receive from her all that He decides to give us. His glory is achieved when He receives through Mary the gratitude, respect and love we owe Him in return for His gifts to us. It is only right then that we should imitate His conduct, “in order”, as St. Bernard again says, “that grace might return to its Author by the same channel through which it came to us”.
This is what we do by this devotion. We offer and consecrate all we are and all we possess to the Blessed Virgin in order that our Lord may receive through her as intermediary the glory and gratitude that we owe to him. We deem ourselves unworthy and unfit to approach his infinite majesty on our own, and so we avail ourselves of Mary’s intercession.
Come Holy Spirit, kindle in us the Fire of Your Love! Enable us by Your Grace to become Holy as You are Holy, (cf Pet 1:16). Show us, daily, the Truth of Jesus, and help us to Listen, and obey His Words from the Cross:
Behold Your Mother