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Molded by Mary

We are on day 5 of our 40-day family retreat for Family Consecration to Jesus through Mary in Union with St. Joseph. The pattern for our retreat is to listen to a reading from Pope John Paul II’s writings then a passage from St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary. Today’s reading from St. Louis de Montfort was especially poignant:

Walk in Mary’s immaculate way. Take the divine practice I teach. And you will find Him. Night or day, you will seek Him in a holy place, and you will see Him clearly. There is no night in Mary, since there has never been any sin in her, not even the least shadow. She is a holy place. She is the holy of holies, where saints are formed and molded. Note, I pray you, that I say the saints are molded in her. There is much difference between making a statue with hammer and chisel, hewing it out of wood or stone, and the method of casting in a mold. In the first method the sculptor has much toil. He spends much time, and he may make many blunders. In the second, he works swiftly, without much effort, and without the possibility of marring what he molds. St. Augustine calls Our Lady “the mold of God.” He who is cast into this mold is soon molded into Jesus Christ; and Jesus Christ is molded in him.

The metaphor of being molded into Christ rather than hewn into the image of Christ is very significant. To be molded means we must totally surrender ourselves and melt our own will. We then accept the form of the mold. To be hewn into Christ’s image means we still try to retain our own rigid will and work Christ’s image around it. Such an image will always be imperfect.

During this time of Lent let our acts of self-sacrifice and self-mortification melt our will so that we may be formed as Christ through Mary.


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