Thought of the day
Thursday, December 22, 2016

Readings for 22 December

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716), preacher, founder of religious communities Little Treatise of true devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 2-6

Readings for 22 December

Commentary of the day 

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716), preacher, founder of religious communities Little Treatise of true devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 2-6

"The Almighty has done great things for me"

Mary lived a very hidden life… Her humility was so profound that she had no more striking and constant attraction than to conceal herself from herself and from every creature so as to be known by God alone… God the Father was pleased she should not carry out any miracle at all in her lifetime, or at least none that had the luster of it . . . God the Son was pleased she should say almost nothing even though he had passed on to her his wisdom. God the Holy Spirit was pleased his apostles and evangelists should speak of her very little and only as much as was necessary to make Jesus Christ known, even though she had been his faithful Spouse. 

Mary is the wonderful masterpiece of the Most High whose knowledge and possession He has reserved for himself. . .  Mary is the fountain sealed and faithful Spouse of the Holy Spirit where none but he may enter. Mary is the sanctuary and resting place of the Holy Trinity where God exists more magnificently and divinely than in any other place in the universe, without excepting his dwelling on the cherubim and seraphim. And no creature is allowed to enter there, however pure it be, without a great favor. 

Together with the saints, I say: Mary is the earthly paradise of the new Adam. . . This is God’s great and divine world where there are ineffable beauties and treasures. It is the exaltedness of the Most High where, as though in his bosom, he has hidden his only-begotten Son and, in him, everything that is most excellent and most precious. O what great and hidden things this mighty God has created in this wonderful creature, as she herself is obliged to say in spite of her profound humility: “The Almighty has done great things for me.” The world does not know them because it is unable and unworthy to do so.