Wednesday, 21 April 2010
The Woman I Love
I have not yet praised the merits and glories of the Most Holy Mother therefore I must do so now. As sinful creatures of wrath, we were not worthy to receive directly from the hands of the Heavenly Father, His only-begotten Son, so He out of His inestimable goodness and mercy, created the pure Virgin out of nothing. He bestowed on her all His graces and privileges, thereby preserving her from the stain of original sin, so that she would be the terrestrial paradise to shelter His soon-to-be incarnate Son. What other women out of the billions who have ever been conceived, can compare to the Holy Mother, the Ark of the Covenant? No other female has ever been chosen to bear the Redeemer of the World. It is true indeed, that through her, the New Eve, comes our peace and salvation.
Why should we beseech the intercession of our Most Holy Mother, why should we turn to her as devoted children and servants? For one reason; this was the path taken by our Lord. He came to this earth taking His human nature from her undefiled womb and being born from her while causing her no pain, and was made visible to sinners. He remained under her authority for thirty years, so why should we wretched evil-doers shy away from abiding with her?
Her Son, Jesus is our Messias, the One who takes away the sin of the world, He is our Way to the Father, yet He is not known in this world as He should be. Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort rightly says that this is so as His Mother is not honoured enough by men. Our prayers should always be to the Mother of God, beseeching her to bring us closer to her Son, as there is no saint nearer our Lord Christ than His Mother. He assumed her into Heaven, body and soul, upon the completion of her earthly existence and crowned her with righteousness. She received in advance the aim of all Christian men. She had beforehand remained at the foot of the Cross, gently crying, her tender heart had truly been pierced, yet she remained ever faithful and knew that He whom she did merit to bear would rise as He said.
Let us therefore humble ourselves before our Mother, the same one given by our Loving Redeemer to the most chaste Saint John, and ask her devoutly to bring us to Jesus.
''Let us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored, the greater is the glory of her Son. There can be no doubt that whatever we say in praise of the Mother gives equal praise to the Son." - St. Bernard of Clairvaux.