Hearts of Jesus and Mary-Adrienne Von Speyr

rienne Von Speyr


All forms of Christian fruitfulness- physical as well as spiritual, virginal as well as marital are patterned on Mary. They are all included in her as the perfected woman, in such a way that her perfections go out from her like rays and strike all the faithful regardless of age, gender or state of life, to develop in them in the most diverse ways. For every individual and for every united group of people, a particular path from the Mother to them and from them to the Mother is visibly indicated.

A readiness for surrender on the part of the person is always assumed in this, but in such a way that it is included in the overflowing grace of the Mother, who has already surrendered herself. It is she who possesses the fullness of fruitfulness, and we take part in it through a bashful wish, an attempt, a beginning at devotion and surrender. Her fruitfulness and ours are related similarly to grace and merit: grace does not work without our cooperation, but this is itself an operation of grace and is included in its greater, sustaining sphere.

Therefore we may see in her the mediatrix of self-surrender, but we must be prepared and reformed by the Son beforehand if we are to receive even a share in her assent. The Son's grace must open in us a source of understanding for the grace of the Mother so that this grace may expand us for the grace of the Son. Just as the Son formed the Mother even before his Incarnation and prepared her for the assent, and just as she was already in his contemplation before she received him into hers, so the Son forms us for the Mother before she forms us for the Son.

Adrienne von Speyr (1902-1967) was a contemporary Swiss convert, mystic, wife, medical doctor,
and author of over sixty books on spirituality and theology.


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