The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity is celebrated today. The first (recorded) time that God revealed Himself as a Trinity of Persons was at the Annunciation in Nazareth to the Blessed Virgin Mary. “Behold thou shalt conceive and bear a son; and thou shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Most High. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee” (Lk. 1:31-32, 35).
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And Blessed Louis continues: ‘He made a world for man as a pilgrim, the one we live in; He made a world for man in his state of blessedness, Paradise; but He made another wherein to dwell Himself, and He called it Mary.’
God Himself told His privileged One of what should come to her. And when His Divinity had invaded her, when Mary had a clear consciousness of it, and when her love, kindled at the glowing hearth of eternal Love, leapt in its turn in eager flame toward that Heart, with what infinite return did the Father answer? The Blessed Trinity in Its entirety, a willing a captive in the bonds of her love, came towards her and made of her a lasting dwelling-place.
‘It is a world,’ says Montfort, ‘almost unknown to all mortals here below and incomprehensible to all the angels and saints in Heaven.’
Few are the privileged ones to whom it has been granted to penetrate into this divine Interior, for it pleased the King ‘to hide His secret.’ And Blessed de Montfort, whom Mary deigned to show some of the marvelous beauties hidden within her, owns that he cannot find words for them.
And we may well apply to this living Paradise what S. Paul says of the invisible Heaven. ‘Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard: neither hath it entered into the heart of man.’ The holy Mother of Jesus is a creature so apart that we should need divinely inspired knowledge to understand her. Hic taceat omnis lingua. Let all mortal flesh keep silence.
And that which makes the Heavens wonder and understand that Mary is indeed a peerless being ‘in the past and in the future,’ as the Church hymns her, that she is the unique Masterpiece of God, is just this: ‘To see this God, so high, so remote from the angels, the saints and all the elect, so withdrawn and hidden in His own world, the divine Mary.’
And when whilst they make the celestial vault resound with their triumphant Hosanna of adoration, whilst they cry without ceasing: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy,’ they also sing to Mary their hymn of love, praise and adoration, ‘Holy, Holy, Holy Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Heaven.’
(To be continued.)
Who does not know this dvivinely beautiful passage of S. Luke?
The Angel appears, the bearer of the divine message: ‘Hail full of grace, the Lord is with thee.’
Mary is troubled. The Angel reassures her. ‘Fear not, Mary, for thou hast found grace with God. Behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb and shalt bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus. He shall be called the Son of the Most High.’
Mary is still troubled, and objects with watchful simplicity: ‘How shall this be done, because I know not man?’
It is then that the Angel displays the magnificent and merciful plan of the Blessed Trinity, that he unveils the mystery of the tremendous act which depends upon the lips of the young Virgin. Then it is that she shines forth in the unique place which divine Love has made for her, in close co-operation with the sublime design which is to bring her into the Divine Family by an alliance which will make of her, in the truest sense of the words, the Daughter of the Father, the Mother of the Son and the Spouse of the Holy Ghost.
The Archangel says: ‘The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee and the power of the Most High shall overshadow thee, and therefore the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.’
Could there be anything more clear and exact?
Meditate upon these profound words and the decisive, so long expected act which followed.
Then Mary said: ‘Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it done unto me according to thy word.’
And when the divine act of Incarnation took place, Mary immediately entered close relationship with the Blessed Trinity, she became officially the Daughter of the Father, the Spouse of the Holy Ghost, the Mother of the Son and of the predestinate who were afterwards to be born of her.
(To be continued.)
By her Maternity Mary was to be related to God, to be one of His family, to co-operate in the work of the Blessed Trinity. How could she not resemble the three Divine Persons? And could the triune God permit a shadow, a veil however slight, to darken and to come between the so intimate and sweet relationship which was to be established between the Father and His Daughter, between the Son and His Mother, between the Spirit and His Spouse?
The entire divine order revolts at it and imperiously refuses. Besides, the fact, stronger than the hypothesis, exists. Because Mary was to be the Mother of God, she was Immaculate in her Conception.
This initial privilege implied others, postulated by her future functions. Everyone through the weakness of our first paretns is liable to actual sin, to the urgings of concupiscence, to errors of intelligence and judgment.
The Blessed Virgin as a result of her perservation from all stain and of the virtue infused into her soul, was immediately confirmed in grace, unable to sin even venially, to feel the least sensual urge, to be touched by the lightest breath of error and infidelity. Withdrawn from the influence of original sin, she could feel none of its peccant consequences.
Having from the beginning escaped the devices of the wicked one, she was never subject to their harmful influence.
Like us she had passions; she felt their effects. But her will illuminated by the light of grace, and ordered y the rectitude of her reason, completely dominated them and ever kept them within bounds.
According to Holy Writ, which insists upon the necessity of trial under the form of temptation, we may believe and say that in this sense Mary could be and must have been tempted, just as Jesus was, by the devil in the wilderness. The trial of temptation had to be hers that she might show still more her love and her fidelity, acquire new merit and give us the example of struggle and victory. When God, with His divine hands, formed Mary Immaculate, He made her beautiful and holy as Himself, and for Himself, in every sense of the word.
(To be continued.)