The Saints and The Mediatrix
Mary Mediatrix of All Grace and St. Louis de Montfort ( A Reflection)
In the preface of the book “True Devotion to Mary” by St. Louis Grignon de Montfort, Cardinal O’Connell states: “The more we reflect, the more we realize that the mission of Christianity is to take possession of man in his entirety in order to transform him into a soul worthy of heaven. Hence Pius XI, in speaking of Christian education, says that its proper and immediate end is to cooperate with divine grace in forming the true and perfect Christian, that is to form Christ Himself in those regenerated by Baptism.’ In this work of transformation, a definite part has been assigned by God to the Blessed Virgin Mary, that of leading souls to Jesus Christ, and of keeping them in His love.
St. Louis de Montfort was the one to whom it was given the grace to lead souls to this perfect path to a Christian life. He teaches a way of life that is short, easy and secure. One that is guaranteed to lead men to accomplish God’s desire to establish in the world devotion to the Immaculate Heart as revealed at Fatima.
When Our Lady of Lipa asked the nuns to consecrate themselves to her as her slaves in the spirit of St. Louis Grignion de Montfort she is pointing out the most efficacious means of developing true devotion to her so that she can effectively be the Mediatrix of God to men. Our Lord abhors the lukewarm souls because it is ineffective and even dangerous to the spiritual life, so also one cannot have a haphazard and weak devotion to Mary if one desires to be united with Jesus. Ultimately, with regards to Our Lord and Our Lady, it is all or nothing. It is thus very necessary that Catholics should have genuine, heartfelt and constant-meaning, true-devotion to Mary.
Through the writings of a number of popes and saints, the Catholic Church has taught and continues to teach the mediating role of Mary even if this doctrine is not yet dogmatically defined. Now, Our Lady is telling us at Lipa that Montfort’s spirit of true devotion is the most effective method in opening the gates of the mediating power of Mary. Just as we need to cooperate with God’s grace to be saved, so also we need to open our hearts to Mary for her to effectively give us not only divine graces but even the very Source of Grace Himself.
In other words, Mary can only totally and effectively mediate and give Jesus to each and every soul if and when that soul gives himself totally to Mary. The extent to which Mary can give Jesus, “All Grace”, to souls depends on the extent of the openness of that soul to Mary and to the extent and depth of the devotion of that soul to her.
In consecrating ourselves as slaves of Mary, we open our hearts to her as she welcomes us fully into hers. And as we enter into the heart of the Mother, we shall be led by her to behold her Son. Mary is the Gate of Heaven, and St. Louis Grignion de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary” is the key to that Gate.
Since it is God’s desire that we honor, love and obey Our Mother in heaven just as He did while here on earth, it is only right and proper that He will gauge our love for Him by the extent to which we obey His desire. Thus, the extent to which we love Mary is the extent to which we love Our Lord and the extent of our devotion to Her is the extent of our devotion to Him. Therefore, true devotees of Our Lady are true devotees of Our Lord.
This is why Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace, recommended the Montfortian way. Truly desiring to give her Son to each and every soul so that they can live good, even saintly, Christian lives and reach the safety of eternal life, our mother in heaven is telling us: Come to me as a true child of mine, as a true devotee of mine, and your reward will be My Son in time and for all eternity.
Be consecrated as my loving slave and you will indeed become the loving slave of the Divine Master. Use the Montfortian way which is of my own inspiration and I will truly be for you the Mediatrix of All Grace, who is no one else but my Son Jesus, the Author of all graces.