Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – LXXVI

A thought which has been a thousand times repeated and considered: Almighty God became man in Mary to be one of us, live with us, suffer and die for us and save us.  ‘Everywhere else He is the Bread of the strong and of the angels; but in Mary He is the Bread of the children.’

Let us appreciate the beauty of this thought.  It gently translates that invitation of Wisdom which the Church puts in the mouth of Mary: ‘Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me.  Come eat my bread and drink the wine which I have mingled for you.’

‘It explains to us too,’ notes Père Lhoumeau, ‘the unexpected graces which this devotion gives to those who persevere in it.  You will observe that this method of spiritual formation is practically that of the mother.  We have the weakness and the needs of childhood.; Mary has the untiring mighty love of a mother who provides for everything and makes everything easy; like children we have only to surrender and to depend on our Mother for everything.’

In Heaven we shall eat the Bread of Glory, given to the Conquerors, to the Strong, to the Elect, to the Angels, according to the words of Jesus Christ in the Apocalypse to the Angel of the Church at Ephesus: ‘To him that overcometh I will give to eat of the Tree of life which is in the paradise of God.’

On earth we need a bread adapted to our nature as children of God.  At this family table, let us gather round Mary.  She it is who will give us our proper food; nourishing milk, mingled wine, the sweet bread of that spiritual doctrine so fitted to guide us in the ways of supernatural childhood, to make us grow to the measure of holiness desired by God for each of us.  Is it not what the Church bids us sing in the introit of the first Sunday after Easter?  Let us listen to Mary our Mother and to her beautiful invitation.  ‘As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation.’

(To be continued.)

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