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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – CLXVIII

Then Blessed Grignion describes the meaning of Holy Slavery to the end of time.  The reign of Jesus will come through Mary.

As by Mary God came into the world the first time in humiliation and abasement, may we not also say that it will be by Mary He will do so in the second time when He will come, as all the Church is in expectation, to reign over the whole world and to judge the living and the dead?

How and when this shall be, who can tell?  But I know well that God, Whose thoughts are farther above us than Heaven is above earth, will come in the time and in the way least expected by men, even by those who are most learned and most versed as regards the Sacred Scripture, which is very obscure on this point.

We may further believe that towards the end of time, and perhaps sooner than we think, God will raise up great men filled with the Holy Ghost and with the spirit of Mary, and that through these, this heavenly Queen will work wonders in the world in order to destroy sin therein and establish the kingdom of Jesus Christ her Son over the kingdom of a corrupt world, and these holy men will attain their end by means of this devotion to the Blessed Virgin, of which through my frailty I have only feebly traced the outlines.

Not so, Blessed Father.  You have explained it wonderfully, and you are yourself, by your words, your writings and your apostleship, an amazing worker for the destruction of sin and for the establishment of the reign of Jesus through Mary in souls.

Might we not say that the days, foretold by the holy writer, are beginning to dawn upon the world?  There is today a magnificent blossoming forth of life in Mary.  Holy Slavery is winning ever more souls, eager for Mary’s spirituality, for it is being ever better understood that Mary is the only true means of getting back to God, of sanctifying ourselves, and of performing acts of lasting merit.  ‘Ut adveniat regnum Iesu adveniat regnum Mariae.’

(To be continued.)


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St. Lawrence of Brindisi

Today is the Feast of the great servant of Mary, St. Lawrence of Brindisi.  He was a trult extraordinary man, even among the Saints.  Here are some passages from his life:

“Hebrew he knew so perfectly, and spoke with such a correct pronunciation, that the Jews at first believed he was born of Jewish parents, and the most learned of the Rabbis admitted that he knew and spoke it better than themselves.  For this wonderful mastery of what is generally regarded as a difficult language he himself confessed his indebtedness to the Mother of God.  Preaching on her prerogatives in the Church of the Holy Ghost at Naples, he says: “I know a man still living and speaking, who received the gift of Hebrew from the Blessed Virgin.  Wishing to acquire a perfect knowledge of the Scriptures, and particularly of the Virgin’s greatness, he besought the Virgin herself to instruct him in the Hebrew tongue.  Then, having fallen into a light sleep, he found himself, on awakening, a perfect master of it, so much so that the Jews inferred from his pronunciation that he belonged to their own nation.” 

“This memory he employed to splendid advantage, not merely in learning languages, but in getting off by heart the whole of the Bible from beginning to end, so that he could quote with ease and without hesitation any text, giving book, chapter, and verse, just as if he held the Bible before him, and were reading it.”

“To him nothing seemed too much to expect from the power and the goodness of God.”

His confessor: “Between six and seven years I heard his confession at least twice a week, and I can say with truth that I never found matter of even one willful venial sin.”

“…convinced that whatever he had and did belonged to God, he neither acted, nor spoke, nor thought, as if anything belonged to himself.  So far from showing off, or boasting of his achievements, he endeavored to hide them, except in case of necessity or utility.  Extraordinary heavenly favors he concealed even from his intimate companions…To exercise himself in humility he delighted in performing menial work, such as washing the dishes, even when he was General.”

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – CLXVII

(4) ‘So that Mary, by the side of Jesus, becomes all to this soul,she who formed it, its mediatrix, its supplement, its Hope, its Mother, its instructress.

She enlightens its mind by her pure faith, deepens its heart by her humility, dilates it and sets it aglow by her charity, purifies it by her purity, ennobles it and enlarges it be her motherly care.

But where shall I stop?  Only experience can teach these marvels of Mary, marvels beyond belief of the wise and the proud and even beyond that of the ordinary lot devout men and women.’

Blessed Louis had had this experience, and that is why he is at such pains to describe clearly and devoutly the marvelous fruits of life and sanctity produced by the indwelling and the work of Mary in a faithful and obedient soul.

(To be continued.)


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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – CLXVI

Blessed de Montfort, in continuing the description of the fruits of this devotion, repeats again and again, with slight variations, the same idea which is the life, the indwelling, the work of Mary in the faithful soul.

(3) ‘As Mary is ever the fruitful Virgin,’ he says, ‘she carries into every soul in which she is,’ that is in the soul, for its exterior conduct and interior life, ‘a purity of heart,’ by the rejection of every guilty thought of the intelligence, of every wrong desire of the will, of every evil recollection of the memory, of every straying aside of the imagination, of every unruly passion of the heart: ‘and of body,’ by flight from every occasion of danger, by watchful abstinence from every sinful gesture of the senses; ‘purity of intention and of purpose,’ by sincere and single-hearted direction of our will towards God, a frank seeking after the divine glory and the definite elimination of any personal interest and all vain satisfactions of self-love: ‘fruitfulness in good works,’ through perfection in exterior virtues, in acts performed, and through success in physical or supernatural undertakings: works of charity, of sanctification, apostleship.

Do not think, dear Soul, that Mary, the most fruitful of Pure Creatures, whose fecundity has gone so far as to bring forth a God-Man, could remain idle in a faithful soul.’

No, she does not remain idle.  She is a Mother whose function it is to form divine men: Our Lord Jesus Christ and the predestinate who are the members of His Mystical Body.

She will make our soul live for Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ live in us,’ and she can with yet more reason than the great Apostle say these words: ‘Filioli mei, quos iterum parturio, donec formetur Christus in nobis: My little children, of whom I am in labour again until Christ be formed in you.’

If Jesus Christ is the fruit of Mary in each particular soul as He in in the world in general, He is in a more especial sense her fruit and Masterpiece in a soul in which she dwells.’  For indeed, what is the work pursued by Our Lord in the work of Redemption?  Is it not besides the glory of God, Who is the first and final reason, the restoration of the image and the life of God in the human soul?  Now this can only be accomplished through the Christian’s becoming another Christ.  Was not the First-Born of the living, Jesus Christ, formed in Mary?  In Mary then, these other Christs, the predestinate, must be formed.  And it is in the womb of Mary, that is, in dependence on her and beneath her influence, that this gallery of masterpieces will be completed.  And so in His members, Jesus Christ becomes once more the renewed fruit of Mary, and Mary, as she forms them, feels once more the happy travail of bringing forth souls to the True Life, in a supernatural manner.

(To be continued.)

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