Great confidence in God through Mary

By confidence we mean that firm hope which tends towards eternal glory with sureness of direction. According to St. Grignon de Montfort, the blessed Virgin inspires great confidence in God and in her herself: 1st – since through consecration we approach Jesus no longer alone but in the company of His Mother; 2nd – having given Mary all our merits, graces and satisfactions to dispose of as she wills, she in return will communicate to us her virtues and clothe us with her merits; 3rd – since we have given ourselves to Mary she will give herself to us. We can say to Mary: ‘I belong to you, O Holy Virgin. Save me.’ And to God we can say with the psalmist (Ps. 130:1): ‘Lord my heart is not exalted: nor are my eyes lofty. Neither have I walked in great matters, nor in wonderful things above me. No, but I keep my soul in calm and silence; as a child that is weaned (from pleasures of the world, and resting) on its mother’s breast (and trusting in her).’ Through Mary we received more and more the inspirations of the gift of knowledge which shows us the emptiness of the things of this world and our frailty, and contrasts them with the reward of eternal life and the divine assistance.

From The Mother of the Saviour by Fr. Reginal Garrigou-Lagrance, O.P.

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