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Trinity Sunday

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).

The interior of Mary's home in Nazareth

The interior of Mary’s home in Nazareth

"The Word became flesh here."

“The Word became flesh here.”

The grotto of the Annunciation

The grotto of the Annunciation

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – LXXII

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.)

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – L

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.)

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – XLIII

5. Because in order to have God for our Father, we must have Mary for our Mother.

As in the natural order,’ says Blessed de Montfort, ‘a child must have a father and a mother, so in the order of grace, a true child of the Church must have God for his father and Mary for his Mother.’

We have already said how through creation we become the image and the children of God, and how we become so still more and in a higher sense through Redemption and the grace of Holy Baptism.  It is a certain and consoling truth.  Through this Sacrament we enter the Church which is the Mystical Body of Christ, and united to our Head, we become the true children of the common Father Whom we have in Heaven.

But we may, through the free act of madness which is called sin, break within us the image and reject the fatherhood of God.  Nevertheless, even in this state of formal or latent apostasy, the soul still keeps the indelible character of the divine effigy and the seal of its supernatural origin.  But having repudiated its God, it is in its turn repudiated by Him, and at the same time, loses its rights to the paternal heritage.

It is important, then, and it is what Blessed Louis tells us, to remain true children of the Church, faithful to grace and to the obligations of the Sacraments…conformable to the model who created us and sanctified us, obedient to all the duties that filial piety, no less than the divine law, imposes upon us.  Then and then only shall we be true children of God and of Mary.

In the supernatural life, it is impossible to honor, to serve and to love God worthily and truly without having at the same time equivalent and proportionate feelings of devotion towards Mary.  Psychologically it would be a phenomenon contrary to all the laws of nature.  Would it be comprehensible that in a family a child could honot his father without showing this mother the same duty when both are equally worthy of it and ahve an equal right to it?

And,’ says de Montfort, ‘should he boast of having God for his Father, without at the same time having the tender love of a true child for Mary, his father is the devil,’ because to reject the paternity of God and all the harmony of the Redemption.  This is the will of the sublime Trinity.  It goes without saying that the father of this miserable deserter from the family of God and Mary is the devil.  Before accepting the homage which we owe Him, God insists, then, that we should show the same to Mary in proportion to the sublime and unparalleled dignity which He conferred upon her in the work of Redemption, in the Mystical Body of Christ and in the Kingdom of glory.

(To be continued.)

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – XLII

Mary is then the treasurer and the dispenser of all graces.  Fathers, Doctors, Saints, Theologians, spiritual writers, all are unanimous on this point and speak in powerful unison.

And so Blessed de Montfort, voicing them all, says with S. Bernardine of Siena: ‘Through the power thus received, she gives to whom she wills, as she wills, when she wills, and as much as she wills, the graces of the Eternal Father, the virtues of Jesus Christ, and the gift of the Holy Spirit.’

S. Bernard has taken the whole doctrine and coined it into one sympathetic phrase: ‘God has not wished us to have anything save by the hand of Mary.’  Nihil nos Deus habere voluit quod per Mariae manus non transiret.’

(To be continued.)

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – XXXII

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.)

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – XXIX

2. Because Mary alone is the Mother of grace.

She has,’ says our holy writer, ‘given being and life to the Author of all grace.’  ‘Every best gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of Lights.’  Now the Incarnate Word is One God with His Father and the Holy Spirit, so that all grace that descends from the Father and the Holy Spirit, descends at the same time from the Son, all three forming one sole God.  The Eternal Word, being equally God with the Father and the Spirit, is likewise equally the Author of all grace, the Word ‘by Whom all things were made and without Whom was made nothing taht was made.’  Blessed Louis, with the whole of theology, then, is right in concluding with certainty that Mary ‘has given being and life to the Author of all grace, and this is why she is called the Mother of grace, Mater gratiae,’ the Mother of substantial incarnate grace.

What is it that gives life to the soul?  Sanctifying grace, the divine life communicated to the creature.  Now the divine life of grace is the participation of angels and men in the divine nature.  Now, in truth, Mary, in becoming the Mother of the Author of grace, became at the same time the Mother of that substantial grace which is God Incarnate, the great gift that came down from the Father, and of the divine life of grace granted to the soul to enable it to live as a partaker of the divine nature.  Behold the most amazing wonder of creation, the supernatural elevation of the creature called to live in God by the very life of God!  And we should be always thanking God Who grants us this sublime favor by her whom He took for His Mother.

(To be continued.)

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