If devotion to the Blessed Virgin is necessary for all men simply to work out their salvation, it is even more necessary for those who are called to a special perfection. I do not believe that anyone can acquire intimate union with our Lord and perfect fidelity to the Holy Spirit without a very close union with the most Blessed Virgin and an absolute dependence on her support.
St Louis de Montfort
A decline in devotion to the Mother of God is a sure-sign, an evidence, of a complete loss of faith. It was once believed that no secure was someone ever, than the loved ones of the Saviour – what he takes and gives us shows the love He has for us. He not only gave Himself but also His Mother to be our own, and because of that there can be no other means of comfort in Christ, than comfort in Our Lady, because she is nearest and dearest to His Sacred Heart.
I always have some sort of mental convulsion when I hear somebody begin a lecture with “relatively”, or when someone tries to justify some sort of belief that has no logically sound argument with the same word, that being “relatively.” This relativism is absolutely everywhere: inside the Church and out. But that happens when those in the Church conform themselves to the world around them, rather than the other way around. Our beliefs dissolve like sugar into water, diluted only for the worst. Our world revolves now upon that axis, an axis of devolution – it thrives on prospects of tearing apart the truth, throwing out into the open air prospects of vague progressive ideologies like that of gender theory, which presents itself as a great threat to human morality and in strangely high places in the political world of this post-Christian society.
You’ll know Revelation 21:1 when you hear it:
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea
There is, therefore, a divine plan to throw away the sin and ambiguity, the lukewarmness and violence of this world so that we may glory in the goodness of God and His Blessed Mother in a new heaven, a new earth.
The growth of relativism is compared to the loss in observance of the worldwide observance of her traditions. Politically and religiously, there is some similar pattern – only notice our land, once claimed as her Dowry – how morally, there isn’t hardly anything to muster. Even the venerable Church of England has seen her numbers plummet, and churchgoing is seen as something one grows out of like the booster seat in the back of mummy’s Land Rover. What sweet hour of prayer have we neglected so severely!?
In my eyes, it is a fair assumption to make that the ultimate guide, the ultimate security that our souls can encounter, is under the mantle of the Blessed Mother, Our Lady. It can also be said that the recent neglect in a greater devotion to Her as was evident in the early Church correlates with the decline in the moral fabric of society. So I end here not with a sorrowful conclusion, but with a hopeful plea, something like a Marian Billy Graham, but hardly as reformed: pray your Rosary, and do everything in your power to talk to your vicars, parish priests, parish councils, to restore the faithful and time-tested traditions of the Church. Remember always that Mary is our Mother, and every rose we place atop her head is another Crown on our God’s. Every crown we place atop her head, is a shard of grace our way because who can love His Mother any more than Him?