“God permits that you go through a sense of being disheartened, filled with doubts and lonesomeness. But this is always for His glory and that of His Immaculate Mother. However, if you trust not in yourself in anything, placing instead all your confidence in our Immaculate Mother, you will always triumph, even though all of hell, the flesh, and the devil assailed you.”
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“What do these words mean: “To strive for the conversion and sanctification of the souls of all through Mary Immaculate?” What do we want to emphasize by these words? We want to emphasize that the shortest and surest way to conversion and sanctification is – “Mary Immaculate”. Our desire is to follow that cause ourselves and to teach it to others.”
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.”
But Mary, what are her rights, her rank, her purpose? S. Bernard says: ‘After Christ, everything was made for her,’ and Blessed Albert the Great: ‘Jesus died for the glory of God and of Mary.’
Following the example of God and of Jesus, it is, then, neither bold nor out of place to take Mary as the end of our actions.
But clearly she is only a secondary end, an intermediate means for attaining the supreme and final end.
In God the cause and the end are one, for He is our all. In Mary, in proportion, it is the same thing.
She is the efficient and secondary cause for the production of grace in us. She is the exemplary cause which makes of us copies of Jesus. He is our Model; we must approach Him, and in order to do this, look at Mary, go to her, act for her,
She is the Mold of God, ‘forma Dei.’ She must be that for us too, but in a moral sense. And therefore, we must remain in her power, beneath her moral influence.
Since we belong to Mary by an official deed of gift, Mary will put upon us the seal and stamp of her ownership; ‘ut signaculum super cor meum,’ to love her: ‘ut signaculum super brachium meum,’ to work for her glory.
She is our final cause. ‘Behold thou shalt do after the law which was given thee in the Mount.’
The slave then must imitate his Mistress in order to be as far as possible another such, in order to resemble yet more Jesus, the eternal archetype.
(To be continued.)