Thursday, July 26, 2007


4. God So Wants It.
We must conclude that God has clearly manifested His will: He could have redeemed us without Mary, yet He did not. Then, though He could, He would not sanctify us without Mary. We owe a great devotion to Our Heavenly Mother for a thousand reasons but there will scarcely be one stronger to persuade us than this, since it indeed comprises and sums up all the other titles. Out of love and gratitude towards such a lofty Mediatrix, nay also for our own interest and profit, we owe Her the most profound devotion. We must approach Jesus through Mary. We shall not manage to speak to Him without Her. God gives Himself to us through Mary. It is through Her we must reach God. We must entirely give ourselves up to Mary so that She may lead us to God. This way is an easy, a safe, a beautiful and consoling one. Courage, then; place yourselves in Her hands once and forever; give your Mother the key of your heart that She may turn it at Her will; and worry no longer; whatever She arranges is always the best for us. Entreat Her to give you a little share in the graces She possesses but ask for one grace in particular, namely, the grace of loving Our Blessed Lord in life and in death, in time and in eternity, with Her and through Her.

[Excerpted from 'MARIAN MEDITATIONS' Book by Rev. Dr. Ildefonso R. Villar, Salesian Philippine Province, Nihil Obstat; Imprimatur]