(After making the solemn Act of Consecration (see previous posts), Louis de Montford definitizes that we are henceforth to work and serve as never before, whilst living with Mary, in Mary, through Mary and for Mary to glorify her Divine Son Jesus.)
III. THROUGH MARY
Does a man enter the home of a friend through the window or through an opened door? Does he climb over a wall, or go through an opened gate?
Mary is the Gate of Heaven. Through her the Lord of Heaven came to us; through her He wishes us to return to Him.
It is true we can speak to God directly. Must prayers of love and praise and thanksgiving go through her too, as must prayers of petition?
MUST they? The question rather should be: “Can it be that the peerless Queen herself will speak for me? Will she take my rude, uncouth efforts and present them before His Majesty in a way suited to His magnificence and glory?”
Mary knows His ways: she is His daughter, His Mother, His spouse. She is the Queen of Heaven.
WHAT A PRIVILEGE THAT MARY WILL TAKE OUR CLUMSY EFFORTS AND MAKE THEM WORTHY TO BE SPOKEN TO THE LORD OF HOSTS!
So with all our good works – the Queen enhances and beautifies them before she presents them to the King. We are like children. How many a little boy treasures strange odds and ends, which to his elders are so much rubbish, and would be no suitable present at all! How many a little girl loves devotedly a ragged and nondescript doll that would never belong in the cradle of a prince! If she parted with her treasure to give it to him, it would be a great act of love indeed, but how much better it would be if someone would fix it all up for her like new before it was presented!
That is just what Our Lady does with all the prayers and good works that we send to the Lord our God through her. She purifies them all from the stain of self-love, and of that imperceptible attachment to created things which slips unnoticed into our best actions. As soon as they are in her most pure and fruitful hands, she embellishes our works, adorning them with her own merits and virtues. It is as if a peasant, wishing to gain the friendship and benevolence of the king, went to the queen and presented her with a fruit which was his whole revenue, in order that she might present it to the king. The queen, having accepted the poor little offering from the peasant, would place the fruit on a large and beautiful dish of gold, and so, on the peasant’s behalf, would present it to the king. Then the fruit, however unworthy in itself to be a king’s present, would become worthy of his majesty, because of the dish of gold on which it rested and the person who presented it.”
What an inestimable privilege and blessing! Who can boast that his prayers and good works are perfect? No self-seeking therein, no self-satisfaction, no hidden motives not clear to him but clear to God? If we constantly see people who have faults they never suspect, must we not be apprehensive that the same may be true of us, especially in the eyes of God?
Do we feel ourselves as worthy as Mary to appear before the splendour of His Sanctity and Majesty? Then what should ever hold us back from going TO GOD THROUGH MARY, always and in everything?
– Fr N. A. Norman