Mary, image of the eternal Wisdom

July 17, 2021
Source: FSSPX Spirituality

The Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity, the eternal Word, is the exemplary cause (causa exemplaris) of all created being and as such the eternal, uncreated Wisdom: “All things were made by Him, and without Him was made nothing that was made” (John 1:3).

“[He] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature; for in Him were all things created in heaven and on earth…. All things were created by Him and in Him.” (Colossians 1:14-16). In God’s eternal plan, Christ, as the Son of Mary, is the firstborn of all creation and, again in His capacity as Mary’s Son, is the head and crowning glory of the universe.

Saint Lawrence of Brindisi teaches: “It follows that Mary, too, was predestined with Christ, and if Christ assumes the first place in this predestination, then Mary receives the second. Christ is the sun, and Mary—the moon, which shines more brightly than all the other stars together. What is Woman, that Thou art mindful of her, that Thou visitest her?

Thou hast crowned her with glory and honor and hast set her over the work of Thy hands. Thou hast subjected all things under her feet. [paraphrase of Psalm 8:5-8]; Thou hast not made her a little less than the angels [cf. Psalm 8:6] but hast exalted her above all the choirs of angels. Thou hast clothed her with the sun and given her the brightest stars as a crown. […]

This divine predestination is, so to speak, the prototype of the Universal Church of God’s elect. When God presented to Moses the likeness of the divine dwelling place, He spoke first about the Ark of the Covenant; similarly, in His original plan for His creation, God thought first of the Blessed Virgin as the living Ark of His Godhead.”

Mary is the perfect copy, the most complete, pure and immaculate “imitation” of the eternal Word, which received all the properties of the Eternal Wisdom.

That is why the Church calls her “the created wisdom” and puts her at the origin of the entire universe: “Ego sum radix – I am the root” (Tractus of the Mass of Mary Mediatrix). This original plan “reacheth therefore from end to end mightily and ordereth all things sweetly” (Wisdom 8:1).

All creatures taken together do not attain to the surpassing beauty of this original creature, this divine masterpiece: “For she is more beautiful than the sun, and above all the order of the stars; being compared with the light, she is found before it. For after this cometh night, but no evil can overcome wisdom” (Wisdom 7:29-30).

And St. Bernardine of Sienna professes: “From the final perfection that has been granted to her alone, the Blessed Virgin imparts to all the natures and perfections of the world their ultimate essential value, richness and exalted status.

All being was directed toward one foremost being: the living being toward the most noble life, the sentient being toward the most exquisite sensibility; all womanly conception toward one most precious fruit of the womb; all births toward the best nature that can be born; all things endowed with reason toward a unique rational being; all things endowed with spirit toward a most excellent spiritual being; in short, all creatures seek to become united with a being that is best in its pure created nature.

That being the case, provisions were made for the world by means of a Woman who is blessed above all: only once did she become a mother, and through this unique motherhood she brought all sorts of created things to their highest and ultimate perfection.”