Dear Brothers and Sisters,
While we continue our listening to St. Louis de Montfort’s beautiful treatise on “True Devotion to Mary”, I cannot help but turn, on today’s Memorial to the praise of Mary which St. Francis of Assisi gave us, in these words especially:
Hail, His Palace.
Hail His Tabernacle.
Hail His Robe.
Hail His Handmaid.
Hail, His Mother.
Continuing Chapter 1, in St. Louis de Monfort’s treatise, we hear today:
I said that this will happen especially towards the end of the world, and indeed soon, because Almighty God and his holy Mother are to raise up great saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs. This has been revealed to a holy soul whose life has been written by M. de Renty.
These great souls filled with grace and zeal will be chosen to oppose the enemies of God who are raging on all sides. They will be exceptionally devoted to the Blessed Virgin. Illumined by her light, strengthened by her food, guided by her spirit, supported by her arm, sheltered under her protection, they will fight with one hand and build with the other. With one hand they will give battle, overthrowing and crushing heretics and their heresies, schismatics and their schisms, idolaters and their idolatries, sinners and their wickedness. With the other hand they will build the temple of the true Solomon and the mystical city of God, namely, the Blessed Virgin, who is called by the Fathers of the Church the Temple of Solomon and the City of God . By word and example they will draw all men to a true devotion to her and though this will make many enemies, it will also bring about many victories and much glory to God alone. This is what God revealed to St. Vincent Ferrer, that outstanding apostle of his day, as he has amply shown in one of his works.
On this Sunday, the Lord’s Day, let us ponder also the Mass Readings, in which we hear of God’s Vineyard and what we have done or not done to honor the Master of the Vineyard and His Mother. Come Holy Spirit, enlighten the minds and hearts of us all.