Happy Feast of the Nativity of Mary!
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Today, August 5, is the Feast of the Dedication of the Patriarchal Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore. Read all about it here:
In order to illustrate this doctrine by examples, we need only open the Gospel and see how Jesus associated Mary in the performance of His two first miracles, the one of grace, the other of nature. Blessed de Montfort is very particular upon this point.
The first sanctification made by Jesus, that of John the Baptist, was performed by the means and at the prayer of Mary.
The first natural miracle, that of the wedding at Cana, which led the apostles to believe in Him, was obtained by the tactful and discreet intervention of Mary.
Now that which God resolved to do once, He ever does, for ‘the gifts of God are without repentance.’
Bossuet in famous passage has magnificently sketched this truth. Blessed de Montfort has explained this same doctrine in almost identical terms. And both are only the echo of the whole Catholic tradition, whether of the Fathers or the Doctors, of the official and constant teaching of the Catholic Church. Nor need we hesitate any longer since the liturgical institution of a festival, fixed for May 31, in honor of and under the patronage of ‘B.M.V. Omnium Gratiarum Mediatricis‘ (Benedict XV, 1920).
(To be continued.)
And Blessed Louis concludes with growing insistence:
‘God the Father, from Whom as from their fountain-head proceed every perfect gift and evrey grace, in giving His Son to Mary has given her all His graces, so that, as S. Bernard says, the Will of God has been given to her in Him and with Him.’
Jesus completely gives Himself and is subject to Mary, not only as a man for thirty-three years, but also as God for ever, in Heaven as on earth. As God and as a gift of happy exaltation, He places in her hands all His divine treasures for her and for men, brought back by Him and born by her to the supernatural life. And by a unique and infinite act of confidence, He makes her the Depository and Dispenser of all His graces; He carries His surrender so far as to subject His will to that of Mary, to conform Himseld to it in everything.
(To be continued.)