From True Devotion
To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 12-38
"If you wish to
understand the Mother," says a saint, "then understand the Son. She is a
worthy Mother of God." Hic taceat omnis lingua : Here let every tongue be
silent. My heart has dictated with special joy all that I have written to
show that Mary has been unknown up till now, and that that is one of the
reasons why Jesus Christ is not known as he should be. If then, as is certain,
the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ must come into the world, it
can only be as a necessary consequence of the knowledge and reign of Mary.
She who first gave him to the world will establish his kingdom in the world.
With the whole Church I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned
by the hands of God is, compared to his infinite majesty, less than an atom,
or rather is simply nothing, since he alone can say, "I am he who is".
Consequently, this great Lord, who is ever independent and self-sufficient,
never had and does not now have any absolute need of the Blessed Virgin for
the accomplishment of his will and the manifestation of his glory. To do
all things he has only to will them. However, I declare that, considering
things as they are, because God has decided to begin and accomplish his greatest
works through the Blessed Virgin ever since he created her, we can safely
believe that he will not change his plan in the time to come, for he is God
and therefore does not change in his thoughts or his way of acting.
Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth by grace as Jesus is king by nature
and by conquest. But as the kingdom of Jesus Christ exists primarily in the
heart or interior of man, according to the words of the Gospel, "The kingdom
of God is within you", so the kingdom of the Blessed Virgin is principally
in the interior of man, that is, in his soul. It is principally in souls
that she is glorified with her Son more than in any visible creature. So
we may call her, as the saints do, Queen of our hearts.
for the Second Week