Hearts of Jesus and Mary: St. Louis de Montfort
The Son of God Became Man
in Mary and through Mary
by St. Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the
Blessed Virgin, nn. 16-18.
God the Father gave
his only Son to the world only through Mary. Whatever desires the
patriarchs may have cherished, whatever entreaties the prophets and
saints of the Old Law may have made for four thousand years to
obtain that treasure, it was Mary alone who merited it and found
grace before God by the power of her prayers and the perfection of
her virtues. "The world being unworthy," said St. Augustine, "to
receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he
gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her."
The Son of God became man for our salvation but only in Mary and
God the Holy Spirit formed Jesus Christ in Mary but only after
having asked her consent through one of the chief ministers of his
God the Father imparted to Mary his fruitfulness as far as a mere
creature was capable of receiving it, to enable her to bring forth
his Son and all the members of his mystical body.
God the Son came down into her virginal womb as a new Adam into his
earthly paradise, to take his delight there and produce hidden
wonders of grace.
God-made-man found freedom in imprisoning himself in her womb. He
displayed power in allowing himself to be borne by this young
maiden. He found his glory and that of his Father in hiding his
splendors from all creatures here below and revealing them only to
Mary. He glorified his independence and his majesty in depending
upon this lovable virgin in his conception, his birth, his
presentation in the temple, and in the thirty years of his hidden
life. Even at his death she had to be present so that he might be
united with her in one sacrifice and be immolated with her consent
to the eternal Father, just as formerly Isaac was offered in
sacrifice by Abraham when he accepted the will of God. It was Mary
who nursed him, fed him, cared for him, reared him, and sacrificed
him for us.
Return to main page
This page is the work of the Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and