Finally, it was to Mary that the Holy Ghost said: ‘In electis Meis mitte radices: Strike thy roots, My faithful Spouse, in My elect.’
What is it to strike root? To take possession, to plant oneself, to bring forth a harvest or a family.
And what was it for Mary to strike root in the elect? It was to kindle in them the flame of the Christian life by the gift of grace, it was to have power and domination over them, to fill them with her mind, to bring forth among them a race of children, and a harvest of the elect.
Before His Ascension, on the very day, Jesus said to His Apostles, ‘Go ye, therefore, teach ye all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.’
Mary was there. Doubtless she, who was the Co-Redemptrix and the Mother and who was yet to remain for a while upon earth, doubtless, I say, she repeated the words and the gesture of the Master, her Son: ‘Go!’ But this scene had its climax. Jesus ascended to Heaven. For ten days He had been seated in glory at the right hand of His Father. The Apostles were gathered together in one place. All with one mind persevered in prayer with some of the women, and Mary the Mother of Jesus and His brethren. It was the day of Pentecost. Mary was there in the midst of the faithful group. And suddenly there came from Heaven a sound as of a mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting, and there appeared to them parted tongues as it were, of fire, upon the head of the Holy Mother of God, which were afterwards distributed and rested upon each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Ghost. Now Mary was there. And tradition, right, piety, all deem that the Holy Ghost descended upon the head of Mary first and that it was she who then distributed Him to the Apostles, to the holy women and to all the brethren present. It was the official founding of the Church under the presidency of Mary. And doubtless she must then have repeated the Master’s injunction: ‘Go! Prepare unto me chosen ones.’ Henceforth to those souls whom the Apostles shall convert and those whom others after them will convert, to those elect whom the Holy Spirit gives her, Mary begins to communicate the grace of which she is the depository, to take her virginal root in them and assert her ownership by her virtues, her mind, her ways, her feelings, by the gift of her whole soul, so that these elect, these children may be like her and at the same time living and perfect iamges of the Head of the Predestinate, Jesus Christ.
(To be continued.)