Reflections on the Blessed Virgin Mary
Reflections on the Virgin Mary
by Father Bernardino Bucci
Luisa had a great devotion to Mary, the Blessed Virgin. In fact, as soon as the Association of the Daughters of Mary was organized in Corato she immediately became a member. This is still during the period of Luisa’s childhood. The director of the association was Fr. Cataldo de Benedictis.
Her devotion to the Blessed Virgin did not end with this emotional yearning towards Mary, but became a dominant theme of her spiritual reflections. Luisa will write stupendous pages about the Blessed Virgin and Her role in the Reign of the Divine Will. The Servant of God breaks new ground in the study of Mary, and deepens in a unique way her reflections about the Virgin. In fact, Marion experts always spoke about the Virgin by considering her life according to human terms. Luisa inverts this concept and states that: “The Virgin, from the moment of Her conception, had the faculty of reason.”
For this reason, She was able to have from God the accurate perception of the sin perpetrated by the human free will which spoiled the treasures of grace that God wanted to give mankind. The Virgin, in seeing all the evil that human will perpetrated, bound Her will at the feet of the Blessed Trinity, so that in Her, might always reign the Divine Will. The Virgin never gave room to Her human will and became the Queen of the Divine Will, for which God filled Her with many, and such bountiful gifts, as to form in Her His reign, His glory, His power and prepare a worthy residence for the Eternal Word that would become flesh. In fact, Mary was the first heiress of the Kingdom of the Divine Will that one day would be given to all humanity. Mary is, therefore, the Queen of Heaven and earth; it is She who would become The Mother of God. Luisa asserts that the Church has barely begun to understand the merit of the Blessed Virgin: “Mary is all to be rediscovered.” There is no greater creature that could be compared to Her splendor; Mary is Creation’s masterpiece.
Mary is the Queen of martyrs, not because she shed Her blood for Her faith, not because of the pain caused Her by the crucifixion of Her Beloved Son, but because She never gave room to Her own will; everything She accomplished was done in the sole and single Will of God.
The love that the children of God should have towards Mary must be expressed in Faith, because She is the Mother of God. Faith, according to the definition of Piccarreta: “is God, and God is Faith.” Mary, the first true believer, lived the Faith that is God, (according to Piccarreta). Mary will be the one who will contribute to the realization of God’s plan. The heavenly Heiress of the Divine Will has transmitted this gift to all creatures that freely accept Her. Mary is the Mother of God and at the same time Mother of all. She does not resign herself to seeing her children deprived of the divine graces of which She herself is so richly endowed. Therefore, She continuously prays and exhorts humans to not sin and to accept the Will of God which alone can lead humanity to peace. Mary puts at the disposition of all, Her merits as Mother of God and Bride of the Holy Spirit, so that the Reign of the Divine Will might have dominion among men. Here is what the Blessed Virgin said to Luisa at the dawn of the last century: “I will search among all nations, in every Diocese, among all religious orders, even door to door if necessary, until such time as all have returned to God”.
From the moment of the Conception of the Blessed Virgin, began the movement of the grace of God to all of humanity. This Child of God, having inherited the Divine Will, offered to God each moment, every heartbeat, every thought, every breath in order to satisfy the creative Power of God, so much so that God was able to form in Her the greatest wonder of His Holiness, of His Beauty and of His Grace.
In Mary, the kindness of God towards mankind, are realized; Mary became a Creature that belonged entirely to God, She Who would become the privileged Instrument of God Who would choose Her as the residence of His Son, the Word incarnate. Mary, for Her part, binds to herself the entire human family, like members of Her Body.
The wonders of God fulfilled in this Creature are unheard of and not comprehensible to the human mind.
Mary, Mother of Mankind Mary, being the Mother of God, is endowed by God with all treasures possible for a created being; for this reason, Mary, is the only Creature that being the Mother of God, is honored on earth and in heaven.
She is the pride of humanity and of Heaven. This Creature more celestial than human, clothes humanity with the mantle of Her Divine Heart. In this Celestial Creature one celebrates the Divine Will which for the first time and in a unique way is operative in a human creature. Mary therefore becomes Queen and Lady for everyone: in Her breathing in Her movement one can contemplate all the actions of creation that like stars flood around Her, surround Her, adorn Her to such a degree as to make of Her the enchantment of the heavens.
One can say that Mary has the virtue that can transform human wretchedness into seas of Love, of beauty, of power and of infinite wisdom and we can say that there is no corner of creation that is not touched by the love of this Creature. Mary renders to Her Creator all the homage of human generations and creation becomes disposed to receive the Divine Life that She possesses. This Mother is a continuous wonder, Her glory is unsurpassable because She possesses the Divine Will; Her Heart Loves us with the same Love of God and projects in the heavens the love of creatures purified by Her Love. Through the Divine Love that resides in Her, God cannot but Love this Creature and through Her, all humanity is loved.
This beautiful Woman is so great that She continuously attracts the Heart of Her Creator; even of the Angels, Prophets and Saints become mute before such a wonder and greatness that even the heavens cannot contain it.
Mary, Bride of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is the Sea of Eternal Love, in which the Blessed Virgin was conceived and is destined in time to become His Bride: The Elect among the chosen, Mother of God.
The Holy Spirit, surrounded this Creature with the immense Sea of the Love of God, not only to defend her from every evil but in order to enrich Her continuously in virtue of the Incarnation of the Word of God, enrich Her continuously with beauty with grace, with power and with wisdom, in order to render Her worthy to Conceive the Son of God, who was conceived in the Center of the Eternal Love of the Father.
In fact, it would not have been dignified for the Son of God to be conceived in the womb of a creature who was merely an immaculate virgin; a gift that God can bestow to all, but for the Conception of His Son He had to create in Her all His Glory and all His Splendor. Mary, for Her part, having been so richly endowed by all the Divine Attributes, without fear flung herself towards God bringing Him the thanksgiving and the praise of all humanity.
Creation rejoiced because a Creature was giving back to God all the honor and the glory that sin had taken away; the powers of hell cried because this Creature was out of their power. Mary, in placing at the Feet of God, His Divine Will, achieved the most beautiful and heroic act that a Creature could achieve, and God elected Her Queen of Heaven and earth. It must be made clear at this juncture that the first King of suffering and of anguish was Our Lord Jesus Christ, because of the sins of mankind which continuously offend Him; and being Man and God, He could enclose within Himself all possible pain mankind could inflict and thus have primacy over all things. Thus all that happens in Mary, Her suffering, Her tears, Her prayers, Her adoration are non other than the reflections of all that Christ fulfilled by raising to the Father all the praise and the glory owed Him and which sin had taken away. Being also Son of Mary, He called Her to participate in all His human and Divine actions, which together were lifted up to the Eternal Father. Thusly, Mary was uplifted by the merits of the Son, not only to honor Her, but also by the right due Her for being His Mother; the Heart of Mary participated in all the acts of Her Son which are sealed with a FIAT of resplendent Light.
Mary became Queen of Heaven and earth, because Her actions were constantly intertwined with the Supreme Fiat of God, working through His Son, and She was filled with such Glory — as much as a human Creature could contain. Mary reconnected with Christ the human will with the Divine Will. The Lord will say to Luisa: “Dearest daughter, many times doing good, suffering without having My Will in your heart, these can be a pitiful bondage that degenerate into passions; while only My Will gives true Dominion, true Virtue, true Glory, such as to transform the human into the Divine.”
The Stylus of God
According to Piccarreta, When God reveals to man great things He usually concentrates in a single creature all the Graces that His Work possesses, so that all, as though from a spring, can help themselves to these gifts in the measure to which they are capable and according to their disposition. Piccarreta adds that God gives limited Graces when fulfilling individual projects. By contrast, when the Works of God have to serve the general good, His Graces are without limit. Such was the case with regards to Redemption: to be able to elevate a creature to become the Mother of God, He had to lift Her up so high as to implant in Her the same offspring as the Father’s Fecundity. In fact, like God, eternally generating the Son in His Breast, so too, this same offspring as the Father’s fecundity flooded the Virgin of Nazareth, until the supporting framework of the Incarnation was laid down. It is clear that the Blessed Virgin accepted freely this plan of God, and Living in the Divine Will, without man’s intervention She conceived in her Virgin Womb the Son of God.
Thus it happened that the Father loved Her like a daughter, the Word loved Her as Mother and the Holy Spirit as Bride. The Lord said to Luisa: “The Most Blessed Trinity had to give of Itself to this Divine Virgin, to be able to conceive Me, Son of God. My Holy Mother, could have never conceived Me without having in Her some offspring being of the human race, the Offspring of Eternal Fecundity gave the grace to Conceive me man; and given that the Offspring was Divine, at the same time I was conceived God.” (14 April 1923). One can say that at the moment of Conception, the Holy Spirit and all that happened from eternity to the Most Holy Trinity are repeated once again in the Womb of the
As one can see, the Work is very great and incalculable, incomprehensible to the created mind, and since the Work of Redemption had to be so great as to call forth all generations and for many centuries God wanted the prayers the sighs, the tears, the penance of all the patriarchs and the prophets and of all the peoples of the Old Testament in order to dispose them to receiving such a love that their minds could not comprehend in its entirety, God centered in the Virgin all those Graces that were to be placed at the disposition of everyone. And when everything was ready in the fullness of time, the Son of God came to live among men.
The Role of the Blessed Virgin and of the Servant of God, Luisa Piccarreta in God’s Plan
Living in the Will of God is the Holiest of Holiness is not an equal grace to the other graces that God gave across the centuries to all the Saints and Martyrs. This is a New Era of Grace that must serve everyone and it is necessary that all be centered in one creature like God did with His Blessed Mother. To welcome redemption and predispose souls to this event, the promise of a Messiah was made. Mankind while hoping in Him, would find its salvation and would return to its first origins as when created by God. To the Church, Christ, the Word of God, taught the Our Father so that His voice might resound from one end of the earth to the other: “Our Father who art in Heaven.” Jesus did not say My Father, but called him Father of mankind, so that His Will would be done on earth as it is in Heaven, this being the goal of Creation.
The Father could not but heed the prayer of the Son. And as the people of antiquity found Salvation in the hope for a future Redeemer, likewise we, a new people could be worthy to be loved by the Father as children, if we accept to Live in God’s Will and bring about on earth the advent of His Reign. The entire Church, all the Saints and Martyrs pray and implore that God’s Will be done on earth as it is in Heaven, because of this they become predisposed the advent of the Divine Will.
All the Saints and Martyrs of the Church, the Bride of Christ, have prayed that as with His Holy Mother, all the gifts and graces the Reign of God’s Will promises, be poured in another creature so that all might attain the Holy Will and enter into this most holy Reign.
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