Blessed de Montfort quotes here a very beautiful and consoling thought of S. Augustine who says ‘that all the predestinate are in the womb of Mary and that they are not born until their good Mother brings them forth into life eternal.’
Thus then before even entering on the life of this world the predestinate are spiritually conceived, carried, hidden in the womb of Mary and when she sees fit, according to the divine will, she brings us forth to the life of grace, the conditions and prelude of the life of glory.
Blessed Louis thinks the same when he says that we were with Jesus at the time of the Annunciation, of the Nativity, and of His life at Nazareth, in Judea and on Calvary. We were with Jesus in the mind and heart of Mary and it is thanks to her that God deigns to call to us, each in our hour, to the Christian’s glorious life.
(To be continued.)