The Mother of God: a thought from Pope John Paul II
I was already convinced that Mary leads us to Christ, but at the time I began to realize also that Christ leads us to his Mother. At one point I began to question my devotion to Mary, believing that, if it became too great, it might end up compromising the supremacy of the worship owed to Christ.
At that time, I was greatly helped by a book by Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort entitled Treatise of True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin. There I found the answers to my questions.
Yes, Mary does bring us closer to Christ; she does lead us to him, provided that we live her mystery in Christ. The author was an outstanding theologian. His Mariological thought is rooted in the mystery of the Trinity and in the truth of the Incarnation of the Word of God. I then came to understand why the Church says the Angelus three times a day.
I realized how important are the words of that prayer: “The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary and she conceived of the Holy Spirit…behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it done unto me according to your word …And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…" Such powerful words! The deepest reality of the greatest event ever to take place in human history.
POPE JOHN PAUL II
MARY, QUEEN OF PEACE AND OUR MOTHER, PRAY FOR US!