How Mary’s Queenship Acts on Us
If one cannot be without acting what can be the activity of Mary, so profoundly ordered to Jesus, if not to express him as the Word of her heart, and to draw all to him by bringing him to birth in all those who are to live by Him?
That Mary should give us Jesus and should obtain for us all that makes him live in us, that is what we mean by calling her Mediatrix of All Graces: which means nothing but this—that she is always, in her relations with him and her relations with us, the Mother of Jesus. Just as her being has Christ for its center, so has her action. Her influence is wherever the Savior is to come to dwell, wherever there shines any reflection of his life. That is to say she is universal—according to her own mode, which is to efface herself in Jesus. So that her unique aim is to produce in us a union ever more immediate and personal with Jesus…
She is not our last end, but she is the sacrament by which our last end sets energizing in us its luminous magnetism. She renders our being ever more present to God, ever more interior to the life of Jesus, as we are more filially receptive to her maternal influence.
But she does not intervene in that supreme communion in which the soul, face to face with its Lord—in the night of this life or in the morning of the beatific vision—hears the unique word which stirs in the unique response by which is consummated the ineffable union that God contracted with it in the mysterious espousals of baptism.
She is not the Source but the “aqueduct” through which the Source flows to us; she is not the Wisdom but the Seat of Wisdom; she is not Life but the enclosed garden in which the river of Life springs up.
In her, as in the Church, it is always Jesus we meet…
Just as the great cathedrals, under the name of Our Lady, are tabernacles of the Host, so Mary gleams in the Church as his Monstrance.