(c) To act through Mary.
‘The main point of this devotion is to do all our actions through Mary. We must never go to Our Lord except through Mary, through her intercession and her power with Him, so that our prayer to Him is never merely our own unaided prayer.’
To do all our actions ‘through Mary’: that is what we must call with Montfort ‘the main point’ of the True Devotion. It is the spirit of the Consecration of the Holy Slavery of Jesus in Mary. The Blessed Virgin appears here as the ‘Means’ of approach to Jesus. She is the easy, short, perfect and the secure way of which he discourses at length in his Treatise of the True Devotion. Holy Slavery is not a devotion to oust the rest. It suppresses nothing, replaces nothing. It helps, it is a means, the surest. It imitates the conduct of God. It acts through Mary.
From the standard of our Christian beliefs, it is an elementary truth, indeed a classical one, that God made use of Mary to realize His redemptive plan, that the Son of God came to us through her, and that through her we must return to Jesus and through Jesus to the Father. Through her divine Maternity, she was the instrument necessary to God, for the purpose of giving to us His only Son by a miraculous and human birth. If the Son of God was to be man, live as men do, He needed a mother to incarnate Him and form Him and give Him to the world as a flower gives its ripe fruit, in the time appointed by the Blessed Trinity. Mary was this Mother, chosen and prepared, and through her, Jesus came.
This is the fundamental doctrine of this Devotion, and so the chief feast of the Archconfraternity of the Holy Slavery of Jesus in Mary is the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of Mary on March 25.
Hence this Devotion becomes a devotion of pure and simple imitation of God, but how great, how sublime, how sanctifying! Even as the Word took upon Himself the form of a slave in the spotless womb of Immaculate Mary when He became man, so the soul becomes Mary’s slave of love by submitting himself completely to her rule. By the same way that Jesus took to come to our poverty, we ascend to the Savior. And according to the tradition of the saints, it is hardly possible to sanctify ourselves and to work out our eternal salvation without a special devotion, or at least without confident recourse, to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary.
(To be continued.)