The books whihc he had attentively read and carefully analyzed, omitted or left in the background three fundamental points of theology as it concerns Our Lady. He has brought them into the foreground in a masterly fashion.
I. THE DOUBLE MATERNITY OF MARY, real, divine and human, natural and spiritual, and this double Maternity she assumed not successively but simultaneously, not only on Calvary but really at Nazareth on the day of the Incarnation of the Word. ‘The Holy’ Whom Mary conceived at Nazareth, brought forth at Bethlehem, and subsequently cherished, had a double aspect: Jesus and His own, the Head and the members, the Vine and the branches, so that the same blood, the same sap, the same grace, circulates in the Head and in the other parts of the Mystical Body of Jesus which is the Church. S. Peter tells us so when he speaks to us of the gifts of grace: ‘That by these you may be made partakers of the Divine Nature’; and S. Paul: ‘And He is the Head of the body, the Church.’
II. THE TRUE DEVOTION known under the name of the Holy Slavery of love to Jesus and Mary is a life of dependence on the Blessed Virgin after the example of Jesus of Whom the Apostle wrote: “He emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant.’ This submission He had towards Mary, and the Gospel says of Him with reference to Mary and Joseph, “He was subject to them.’ This dependence of Jesus is the basis of the Devotion taught by Blessed de Montfort.
III. THE UNIVERSAL MEDIATION OF MARY. This point has been magnificently elucidated by de Montfort and its doctrine has now entered upon a new phase and has its place in the Calendar of the Litugical Feasts of the Church, thanks to a number of publications on the subject, and thanks especially to the initiative and influence of the venerable Cardinal Mercier.
Blessed de Montfort has summed up this point of dogma in one simple and luminous formula: ‘To go to Jesus, we must go to Mary, our Mediatrix of intercession; to go to the eternal Father, we must go to Jesus, our Mediator and Redeemer.’
(To be continued.)