Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – XXIX

2. Because Mary alone is the Mother of grace.

She has,’ says our holy writer, ‘given being and life to the Author of all grace.’  ‘Every best gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights.’  Now the Incarnate Word is One God with His Father and the Holy Spirit, so that all grace that descends from the Father and the Holy Spirit, descends at the same time from the Son, all three forming one sole God.  The Eternal Word, being equally God with the Father and the Spirit, is likewise equally the Author of all grace, the Word ‘by Whom all things were made and without Whom was made nothing taht was made.’  Blessed Louis, with the whole of theology, then, is right in concluding with certainty that Mary ‘has given being and life to the Author of all grace, and this is why she is called the Mother of grace, Mater gratiae,’ the Mother of substantial incarnate grace.

What is it that gives life to the soul?  Sanctifying grace, the divine life communicated to the creature.  Now the divine life of grace is the participation of angels and men in the divine nature.  Now, in truth, Mary, in becoming the Mother of the Author of grace, became at the same time the Mother of that substantial grace which is God Incarnate, the great gift that came down from the Father, and of the divine life of grace granted to the soul to enable it to live as a partaker of the divine nature.  Behold the most amazing wonder of creation, the supernatural elevation of the creature called to live in God by the very life of God!  And we should be always thanking God Who grants us this sublime favor by her whom He took for His Mother.

(To be continued.)

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