Ave Maria Meditations
From True Devotion to Mary:
-Jesus gave more glory to God the Father by submission to His Mother during those thirty years than He would have given Him by converting the whole world by the working of the most stupendous miracles. Oh, how highly we glorify God when, to please Him, we submit ourselves to Mary after the example of Jesus Christ, our sole Exemplar.
-The Holy Ghost, the more He finds Mary His dear and inseparable spouse in any soul, the more active and mightly He becomes in that soul, and that soul in Jesus Christ.. He has chosen her (Mary) to be ethe dispenser of all…His gifts and graces. The Holy Ghost gives no heavenly gift to men which He does not have pass through her virginal hands.
-Our Lord is still, in Heaven, as much the Son of Mary as He was on earth, and that, consequently, He has retained HIs obedience and submission of the most perfect Child toward the best of mothers. Mary…asks nothing, wishes nothing, does nothing contrary to the eternal and immutable will of God. God has empowered her and commissioned her to fill with saints the empty thrones from which the apostate angels fell by pride.
-In the supernatural and spiritual generation there are are Father, who is God, and a Mother, who is Mary. All the true children of God, the predestinate, have God for their Father and Mary for their Mother.
-Mary has produced, together with the Holy Ghost, the greatest the greatest thing which ever has been or will be: a God-man. And she will consequently produce the greatest saints that there will be at the end of time. When the Holy Ghost has found Mary in a soul, He flies there.
-Mary is the Queen of Heaven and earth by grace as Jesus is King of them by nature.
-(Mary is) especially necessary to the great saints of the latter times. These great saints, full of grace and zeal…shalle be singularly devout to our Blessed Lady…so that they shall fight with one hand and build with the other…They shall carry on their shoulders the bloody standard of the Cross,the Crucifix in their right hand and the rosary in their left, the sacred names of Jesus and Mary in their hearts, and the mortification and modesty of Jesus Christ in their own behavior.
-God has never made and formed but one emnity…between Mary, His worthy Mother, and the devil.
-God wishes His holy Mother at present to be more known, more loved, and more honored than she ever has been. It was through Mary that the salvation of the world has begun, and it is through Mary that it must be consummated…in the second coming of Jesus Christ, Mary has to be made and known by the Holy Ghost, in order that through her, Jesus Christ may be known, loved, and served. Being the way that Jesus Christ came to us the first time, she will also be the way by which He will come the second time, but not in the same manner.
-He that shall find Mary shall find Life…that is Jesus Christ, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort