(b) To act in Mary.
‘We must do all things in Mary. This word “,”’ says Père Lhoumeau, ‘denotes an abode and an intimacy of union that all but constitutes unity.’
Blessed de Montfort uses a great variety of illustrations to explain to us that Mary is an abode in which we must live and sanctify ourselves. Mary is the Earthly Paradise of the new Adam and of the predestinate, the eastern gate through which we must pass to the Holy of Holies, the sanctuary of the Divinity, the resting place of the Most Blessed Trinity, the Throne of God, the Citadel of God, His altar, temple, world, the Garden enclosed.
These expressions tell us that Mary is in relation to God. But to a certain extent, they are true too in relation to us, for according to Montfort we must also enter and dwell spiritually in Mary, in her views and feelings. There is in this a doctrine of the interior life in Mary, in which the devotion of the Holy Slavery may be said essentially to consist.
‘We must do all things in Mary, that is to say we must accustom ourselves little by little to forma habit of recollection so as to have in our minds a certain idea or mental picture of the Blessed Virgin.’
‘By our dependence on her,’ remarks Père Lhoumeau, ‘by her influence over us, Mary becomes as it were our air, our world, the place wherein we live and breathe; and if this disposition of ours is habitual, it will be our abiding place. Thus, provided we accept the condition in the sense previously explained, we are to all intents and purposes but one with the Blessed Virgin and can truly say that we are in her or that she lives in us.’ It could not be better put.
(To be continued.)