The seer of Patmos, the evangelist S. John, the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, the Child and the Almoner of Mary, speaks to us in his Apocalypse of an Angel who says to him: ‘Go and take the book that is open from the hand of the Angel who standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. And I went to the Angel saying that he should give me the book. And he said unto me: Take the book and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey. And I took the book from the hand of the Angel and ate it up, and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.”
This Angel holding his little book is Blessed de Montfort, who offers us his Secret of Mary.
The Evangelist who eats the little book is every one of us, who must make of it the spiritual food of our souls.
This little book made the belly of the prophet bitter but in his mouth it was sweet as honey. The Devotion of the Holy Slavery is indeed bitter and hard to the old carnal and corrupt man whom we bear in us and who is represented by the belly. Human nature dreads any discomfort or mortification; the senses, the passions, the world, the devil cannot bear them. But this Doctrine of life and salvation will be sweet as honey to our souls which are like mouths filled with sanctifying grace which eat, taste, and enjoy supernatural things.
I would then boldly say to you: ‘Accipe librum et devora illum; Take this little book and eat it.’ Make of it, O Chosen Soul, your habitual daily food, for this little book of the True Devotion to Mary s the words of eternal Life. Through Mary it leads us safely to Jesus living in us and reproduced in us on earth, and owned, loved and glorifying us eternally with Him, in Heaven.*