Our Blessed Mother and the Return to Holiness |
by Cornelia R. Ferreira
Reprinted with permission of Catholic Family News, see Editor's Notes below.
Installment Five - The Path to Holiness
Both Protestantism and feminism [feminism being an error of Russia] deny Our Lady, and these heresies are shaking the Church at her very roots today. But God in His mercy has given us a solution, and that solution is the Blessed Virgin Mary, conqueror of all heresies. If obeyed, She will restore the light, because She is the Woman clothed with the sun, with the moon at Her feet, In her book, City of God, Venerable Mary of Agreda says the sun is the symbol of the light of grace, emanating from the Sun of Justice, Jesus; Our Lady is always in this light. The moon, the symbol of the darkness of sin, is beneath Her feet. 
46. Trans. Fiscar Marison, 4 vols. [Santa Fe, NM: n.p., 1949]; reprint ed. Washington, NJ: AMI Press, 1996). Cf. vol. 1: The Conception, p. 97.
Our Blessed Mother cannot be separated from Her Son. Their two hearts are so united that St. John Eudes treated them as one Heart. St. Peter Julian Eymard said Jesus and Mary are never separated, so Mary is the bond that unites us to Jesus. So we must follow and love Her. Mary, our supreme model of holiness, constantly meditated on Jesus' Divine words, which were to Her light, truth and life. Souls who are in darkness and fall into error are souls who do not consult Jesus like Mary, the Queen of Wisdom, did. 
47. Cf. St. Peter Julian Eymard, Eucharistic Retreats, trans. Clara Morris Rumball [New York: Blessed Sacrament Fathers, 1947], pp. 23, 26-27.
As I have briefly shown, refusal to give Jesus the honor and glory due to Him has resulted in a major attack on the priesthood and on the very nature of the Church. It is Mary who shows us how to adore Jesus. She helps to make our worship holy, i.e., pleasing to God. St. Peter Eymard said She "was the first and most perfect adorer of Jesus on earth; She gave Him more honor and . . . glory by Her adorations than all the Angels and Saints ever will." It is Her mission to make Her children "perfect adorers of His adorable Person in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar." 
48. St. Peter Julian Eymard, Eucharistic Handbook [New York: Blessed Sacrament Fathers, 1948], p. 116.
At Mass, She would re-live the crucifixion of Jesus and shed abundant tears, not only at the thought of His sufferings, but also "at the sight of those who set no value on this August Sacrifice" and "those who dared offend and despise this adorable Victim offered under their very eyes and for their own salvation. Mary would have willingly suffered a thousand deaths to make amends for so many outrages, for the guilty wretches were Her children, those Jesus had entrusted to Her." 
She carried out "a perpetual mission of prayer and of penance" in the presence of the Most Holy Eucharist. Besides pleading for the salvation of the world and the needs of the faithful of every age and place, She also prayed continually for the success of the labors of the Apostles and of all priests. "We need not then be surprised," said St. Peter Eymard, "if these first laborers of the Gospel so easily converted entire kingdoms." 
At Fatima, Our Lady said only She could help us to obtain peace in the world. 
51. Cf. Fatima in Lucia's Own Words, p. 165 [emphasis added].
This peace would necessarily have to include peace in the Church------which is predicated upon the absence of heresy and blasphemous worship. Our Lady also told the children to pray and sacrifice themselves for sinners, "for many souls go to Hell, because there are none to sacrifice themselves and to pray for them." 
The Angel of Portugal had also asked for constant prayer and sacrifices. When the children asked him how to make sacrifices, he said, "Make of everything a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners . . . Above all, accept and bear with submission, the suffering which the Lord will send you." 
And at Quito Mary said, "Pray constantly, cry out unwarily and weep unceasingly with bitter tears in the depths of your heart, asking Our Father in Heaven . . . [to] put an end to such fatal times, by sending to His Church the Prelate who will restore the spirit of His priests . . . He will hold in his hand the scales of the sanctuary for everything to be done in an orderly fashion for God to be glorified." And these times will end. After the dark night in which "wickedness will seem triumphant, [t]hen will come My time: in astounding fashion I shall destroy Satan's pride, casting him beneath My feet, chaining him up in the depths of Hell, leaving Church and country freed at last from his cruel tyranny: 
54. "Apparition of Our Lady of Good Fortune," ibid.
At Fatima She similarly promised that Her Immaculate Heart will triumph. 
55. Lucia's Own Words, p. 109.
It is through Mary that Jesus distributes His treasury of graces and His light. 
56. Cf. St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary, trans. Fr. Frederick Faber [n.p.: The Fathers of the Company of Mary, 1941; reprint ed. Rockford, IL: Tan Books and Publishers, Inc., 1985], p. 15.
Only by following Her, therefore, are we on the right road, the road which "has pleased God," the road of holiness. 
57. Cf. Father Manelli, p. 30, and 1 Corinthians 1: 21.
Let us then join the Blessed Virgin Mary in unceasing prayer, penance and Work for the restoration of true worship, the return to holiness, and the triumph of our Holy Mother Church.
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January 18-20, 2002
volume 13, no. 5
THE SANITY OF SANCTITY