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Thursday, August 16, 2012

In Honor of the Assumption of Mary

In Honor of this Week’s

Feast of the Assumption

From St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary

          If you wish to comprehend the Mother, says a saint, comprehend the Son, for she is the worthy Mother of God.  Here, let every tongue be mute.  Up to this time…Mary has been unknown, and that is the reason Jesus Christ is not known as He ought to be.  If then the knowledge and kingdom of Jesus Christ are to come into this world, they will be but a necessary consequence of the knowledge…of the most holy Virgin Mary, who brought Him into the world for the first time, and will make his second advent full of splendor.

          Mary, being a mere creature that has come from the hands of the Most High, is in comparison with his infinite Majesty less than an atom; or rather she is nothing at all, because He is “He Who Is,” consequently that grand Lord, always independent and sufficient to Himself, never had, and has not now an absolute need of the Holy Virgin for the accomplishment of His will, and for the manifestation of His Glory.  He has but to will in order to do everything.  Nevertheless, God, having willed to commence and to complete His greatest works by the Most Holy Virgin, ever since He created her, we may well think He will not change His conduct in the eternal ages; for He is God, and He changes not, either in His sentiments or in His conduct.

          Mary is the queen of heaven and earth by grace, as Jesus is the King of them by nature and by conquest.  Now, as the kingdom of Jesus Christ consists principally in the heart or the interior of man – according to the words, “The Kingdom of God is within you” – in like manner the kingdom of our Blessed Lady is principally in the interior of man; that is to say, his soul.  And it is principally in souls that she is more glorified with her Son than in all visible creatures, and so we call her, as the saints do, Queen of All Hearts.