Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this First Saturday of October, we continue to ponder the wisdom God gave St. Louis de Montfort for the Church, in his “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”. In Chapter 1 - “Necessity of Devotion to our Lady”, he wrote:
To Mary alone God gave the keys of the cellars of divine love and the ability to enter the most sublime and secret ways of perfection, and lead others along them. Mary alone gives to the unfortunate children of unfaithful Eve entry into that earthly paradise where they may walk pleasantly with God and be safely hidden from their enemies. There they can feed without fear of death on the delicious fruit of the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They can drink copiously the heavenly waters of that beauteous fountain which gushes forth in such abundance. As she is herself the earthly paradise, that virgin and blessed land from which sinful Adam and Eve were expelled she lets only those whom she chooses enter her domain in order to make them saints.
All the rich among the people, to use an expression of the Holy Spirit as explained by St. Bernard, all the rich among the people will look pleadingly upon her countenance throughout all ages and particularly as the world draws to its end. This means that the greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them.
For centuries, the Church has honored Mary especially on Saturdays, because of her Great Faith on Holy Saturday when she waited – believing Jesus’ would rise. Although disbelief and dishonor are still hurled at Jesus and Mary, They appeared to Sister Lucia in Spain in 1925:
“The most holy Virgin rested her hand on her (Lucia’s) shoulder, and as she did so, she showed her a heart encircled by thorns, which she (Mary) was holding in her other hand. At the same time, the Child (Jesus) said:
"Have compassion on the Heart of your most holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to remove them.”
Our Lady told her:
“Look, my daughter, at my Heart, surrounded with thorns with which ungrateful men pierce me every moment by their blasphemies and ingratitude. You at least try to console me and say that I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
May Jesus continue to look with mercy on us and let us continue to heed His and Mary’s words. Jesus, we trust in You ! Mary, Mother of the Church pray for us.