(1) ‘Let us work, then, dear Soul, in such a way that by our faithful practice of this devotion, the soul of Mary may be in us to magnify the Lord and the spirit of Mary may be in us to rejoice in God her Saviour. These are the words of S. Ambrose: “Sit in singulis anima Mariae ut magnificent Dominum, sit in singulis spiritus Mariae ut exulted in Deo.”’
These words of S. Ambrose are like an echo of that divine utterance once heard from lips with even more authority. Who said them? Who sang them? Mary herself.
When the Son of God, substantial grace, came to inhabit Mary: ‘gratia plena, Dominus tecum; Verbum caro factum est,’ the Virgin bearing God within her, went away over the mountains to find her cousin at Hebron in Judea. And when Elizabeth had congratulated her: ‘Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb,’ the voice of the Virgin was heard: ‘My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.’
Now is it not the same Lord, the same God, the same Saviour who lives in our souls through sanctifying grace and through Holy Communion?
And when Jesus is in a soul, is not Mary there too? And when implored by us, her faithful slaves, she is asked to speak for us, is it not natural that in us her soul magnifies the Lord, and that in us her spirit rejoices in God her Saviour?
She is our spokesman, the voice of our souls an spirits. And how beautiful and acceptable must be her praise to God, how pure and comforting her joy!
And at once Blessed de Montfort transposes his thought: ‘Do not think that there was more glory and happiness in Abraham’s bosom than there is in the bosom of Mary, for according to the learned Abbot Guerric, in it God has placed His throne. “Ne credideris maioris esse felicitates habitare in sinu Abrahae, qui vocabatur Paradisus, quam in sinu Mariae, in quo Dominus posuit thronum suum.”’
First Mary was in us to magnify the Lord and to rejoice in her Saviour. Now we are in Mary as in a Paradise which is better than Abraham’s bosom.
Not only has the Lord placed His throne in Mary, but for nine months He inhabited her and drew from her the substance of His body. With Jesus, as spiritual members attached to the head, we are in Mary, and in her we find grace, life, salvation, bliss, since there we find Jesus and God.
(To be continued.)