Here is a secret, chosen soul, which the most High God taught me…
“you must first discover Mary”
Before you read any further, in an understandable impatience to learn this truth, kneel down and devoutly pray [to Mary and the Holy Spirit,] to ask God to help you understand and appreciate this secret given by him. As I have not much time for writing and you have little time for reading, I will be brief in what I have to say. …
It all comes to this, then. We must discover a simple means to obtain from God the grace needed to become holy. It is precisely this I wish to teach you. My contention is that you must first discover Mary if you would obtain this grace from God.
Let me explain:
Mary alone found grace with God for herself and for every individual person….
It was Mary who gave existence and life to the author of all grace, and because of this she is called the “Mother of Grace”.
God the Father, from whom, as from its essential source, every perfect gift and every grace come down to us , gave her every grace when he gave her his Son. Thus, as St Bernard says, the will of God is manifested to her in Jesus and with Jesus.
God chose her to be the treasurer, the administrator and the dispenser of all his graces, so that all his graces and gifts pass through her hands. Such is the power that she has received from him that, according to St Bernardine, she gives the graces of the eternal Father, the virtues of Jesus Christ, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to whom she wills, as and when she wills, and as much as she wills.
As in the natural life a child must have a father and a mother, so in the supernatural life of grace a true child of the Church must have God for his Father and Mary for his mother….
-From the Introduction to Chapter II, The Secret of Mary.