Further, God the Father only communicates His graces to us through Mary. The author says in his detailed Treatise of the True Devotion:
‘God the Father made an assemblage of all the waters and He named it the sea (maria). He has made an assemblage of all His graces and He called it Mary (Maria): Appelavit eam Mariam quasi mare gratiarum (S. Antoninus). Mary is then to the land of souls what the sea is to the actual land; she covers it with the cloud of her graces, she waters it with her rain, she fertilizes it with moisture, she makes it fertile with her freshness. God the Father has filled Mary will all graces. She has enough for all and for always. She is the inexhaustible fount, open to all, ever abounding, ever flowing, to which each may come and draw at his need any moment. ‘If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink,’ she says to us as Jesus did.
‘This great God,’ he goes on, ‘has a most rich treasury in which He has laid up all that He has of beauty, of splendor, of rarity, and of preciousness, even to His own Son; and this immense treasure is none other than Mary whom the Saints have named the Treasure of the Lord. Ipsa est thesaurus Domini, out of whose plenitude all men are made rich.’
‘In giving ourselves in this way to Jesus by the hand of Mary, we imitate God the Son Who has not come to us except through Mary, and Who, having given us the example, invites us to go to Him in the same way in which He came to us, namely, through Mary.’
We have said that our act of Consecration places us in a permanent state of slavery of love and will, by making us live in an absolute dependence upon Mary, for everything that concerns our threefold life, natural, supernatural, and, later on glorious.
It is a dazzling truth, dominating the whole of the divine plan of Redemption, that God made use of Mary to send His Son into the world, and that Jesus was subject to Mary as to His Mother. As a result, Mary is then indeed the Mother of Jesus, God and Man; and Jesus exactly fulfilled His duty as Mary’s child; and this obedience, or rather this state of dependence, bore with Jesus a special character, a particular shape which Blessed de Montfort calls Holy Slavery.
These bold words are not exaggerated; they are supported by the words of the great Apostle of the Gentiles: ‘Jesus Christ emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant.’
He expresses in these words a deep truth and an historical reality. In the eyes of God, man in necessarily a being absolutely dependent on his Creator, in his physical and in his supernatural nature.
‘For without Me you can do nothing,’ says God.
‘What hast thou that thou hast not received?’ asks the Apostle.
Further, with the Romans the word servus meant a slave, and with them, as with all the ancients, the slave was considered as a nobody, over whom the master had absolute right of use and of life and death, the master’s chattel, in the same way as his house, lands, gold, or herds. He was his property. The slave had neither liberty nor rights of any kind, civil or natural. He did not count in the social scheme of the ancient world; he was just something to be used or broken.
S. Paul could not have found an expression which more justly and aptly characterized the abasement of the Son of God, when we consider His origin and His divine and eternal greatness.
Now this abasement the Son of God desired to realize in Mary, whose slave of love He became as well as her loving child, in absolute dependence.
The Son of God surrenders to Mary the fashioning of His body, the preservation of His life, His movements, His actions, His liberty, His will, His whole being.
But when thus reduced to a state of physical powerlessness, voluntary as it was, Jesus does not remain inactive and passive. He acts, but nevertheless always in dependence upon Mary. take His action at Hebron in the sanctification of John the Baptist. It was Mary who brought Him, through Whom sanctification was to come.
At Bethlehem and at Nazareth in the silence, through Judea and on Calvary in the bright light of broad day, Mary remains ever the Intermediary.
She is always there: ‘And the Mother of Jesus was there.’ God has placed in her all His treasures of grace, but the greatest, the most precious, is the Author of all grace, her Son. And Mary has all this, and she had it all because of us and for us. She had it yesterday; she has it today; she will have it tomorrow and always.
On earth she has fulfilled her mission of mediatrix and channel. She continues this in Heaven. Mary is the great Agent of our interests with her Son. She deals with and bargains for the salvation of each soul. She cannot but do so, and she does, inspired by the glory of God and urged on by our spiritual needs. She is kind, merciful, charitable to excess, like her Son Who ‘loved them unto the end.’
But she cannot do it all without us, without our cooperation, without the dependence of our love. But if after the example of her divine Son, we surrender ourselves to her, she will most certainly work out our salvation.
(To be continued.)