In the order of grace there are then three stages to be climbed that we may reach God: we must apply to Mary, Mary to Jesus, Jesus to His Father.
The mediation of Mary with her divine Son is then necessary and indispensable. Only Mary can approach Jesus worthily. Montfort is then right to say with S. Bernard: ‘Let us say boldly that we have need of a mediator with the Mediator Himself, and that it is the divine Mary who is the most capable of filling that charitable office. It is by her that Jesus Christ came, and it is by her that we must go to Him.’
In order that Mary’s mediation may be real and effective, God has made her the Treasurer of all His graces. I do not need to quote Blessed de Montfort after so many Holy Fathers, Doctors and other ascetics; he is in good company and is only teaching the traditional Catholic doctrine. ‘All graces come to us through Mary.’ Of course this statement is not certain, so certain that our belief in it must be insisted upon, still less does it form a dogma of faith. Nevertheless it is supported by such weighty arguments, it is authorized and recommended by such great authorities, so considerable and so numerous, that it must seem to us as rational as it is dear to us to admit it. We may even add that it would be almost bold to reject it nowadays, especially since at the particular request of his Eminence Cardinal Mercier, Archbishop of Malines and Primate of Belgium, of all the bishops of France and of several other countries, the Sovereign Pontiff, Benedict XV, of his supreme authority, granted the celebration of a feast fixed for May 31, under the title of ‘Mary Mediatrix of all graces.’
This mediation is universal, that is to say it extends to all graces, all souls, to the chosen who triumph in Heaven, to the Christians struggling upon earth, to the just who are expiating in Purgatory. And it is a mediation which is always well received, always heard, always generous, always efficacious. And since it is the will of God that we should have everything through Mary, ‘Let us go therefore with confidence to the throne of grace.’
(To be continued.)