Dear Brothers and Sisters,
- Each day of the second week they should endeavour in all their prayers and works to acquire an understanding of the Blessed Virgin and ask the Holy Spirit for this grace. They may read and meditate upon what we have already said about her. They should recite daily the Litany of the Holy Spirit and the Ave Maris Stella as during the first week. In addition they will say at least five decades of the Rosary for greater understanding of Mary.
By God’s grace, let us not neglect this first sentence, above. As I read it this morning, I am aware of how easy it is to neglect both the Wisdom which comes through the Word of God Himself, as well as through the wisdom He gives His saints. Jesus told us:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him." (Mt 7: 7-11)
Only God knows if we will have tomorrow, so let us, TODAY, pray with the supernatural faith given us at Baptism and “endeavor” as St. Louis wrote to: “Ask" the Holy Spirit to give us an understanding of Mary. Let us pray, believing Jesus’ Word that one who asks receives, one who seeks finds and, let us pray with loving perseverance, knocking for the Holy Spirit to open the door. In “True Devotion”, chapter 7, we read:
- The Holy Spirit speaking through the Fathers of the Church, also calls our Lady the Eastern Gate, through which the High Priest, Jesus Christ, enters and goes out into the world. Through this gate he entered the world the first time and through this same gate he will come the second time.
The Holy Spirit also calls her the Sanctuary of the Divinity, the Resting-Place of the Holy Spirit, the Throne of God, the City of God, the Altar of God, the Temple of God, the World of God. All these titles and expressions of praise are very real when related to the different wonders the Almighty worked in her and the graces which he bestowed on her. What wealth and what glory! What a joy and a privilege for us to enter and dwell in Mary, in whom almighty God has set up the throne of his supreme glory!