‘Mary is the admirable echo of God. When we say “Mary,” she answers “God,” and when with S. Elisabeth we call her “Blessed,” she magnifies God alone.’
We all know this curious and delightful phenomenon. From a wall or a hillside, echo, gentle and faithful, repeats distinctly articulate words.
So does Mary. She at once echoes back to God the prayers and the wishes which we send through her, and the praise and the homage which we address to her direct. She keeps nothing for herself. She is the Transmitter, the Conducting Rod of our thoughts to God. And when she sees rise towards her the incense of our prayers and the notes of our praise, of her own accord she turns towards God, as the flower to the sun, and repeats to Him the words of the inspired singer: ‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to Thy Name give glory.’
(To be continued.)