St. Louis de Montfort compares Mary to the tree of life found in the garden of Eden. We must not overshadow the tree with our own human powers, constantly nurture that tree with prayer and devotion, cut away all the thorns and vines of pleasures that would hinder its growth, protect it from the insects of self love and the animals of sin, water it with religious practices, and not become alarmed at the frost and snow and storms of trials. Then we will bear fruit, which is Jesus.
“…You must make the sacrifice of yourself to the Blessed Mother, you must disappear in her, so that you may find God alone…
If the Holy Ghost has planted in your soul the true Tree of Life, which is the devotion that I have just explained to you, you must do all you can to cultivate it, in order that it may yield its fruit in due season. …
It will be a good tree, yielding fruit of honor and grace in due season, namely, the sweet and adorable Jesus, who always has been, and always will be, the only fruit of Mary.
Happy the soul in which Mary, the Tree of Life, is planted; happier the soul in which she has acquired growth and bloom; still happier the soul in which she yields her fruit; but most happy of all: the soul which relishes and preserves Mary’s fruit until death, and for ever and ever. Amen.”
“He who holdeth [this], let him hold [it].”
From THE TREE OF LIFE:
ITS CULTURE AND GROWTH OR HOW TO MAKE MARY LIVE AND REIGN IN OUR SOULS
–End of The Secret of Mary
“Hide [yourselves] completely in the depths of Mary’s soul, becoming living copies of her.”(Montfort, TD 217).
“You must offer yourself to Mary, happily lose yourself in her, only to find God in her”(Montfort, SM 70; cf. TD 222, 264)
For the beginning of a Summary of the Secret of Mary see: