The servants of Mary are protected by her, and their names are written in the Book of Life. St. John Damascene says that God gives the grace of devotion to His Mother only to those whom He will save. This is also clearly expressed by our Lord in St. John: He that shall overcome … I will write upon him the Name of my God, and the name of the city of my God (Apoc. iii. 12). And who but Mary is this city of God? observes St. Gregory on the words of David: Glorious things are said of thee, O city of God (Ps. lxxxvi. 3).
A brief meditation for Christians from Bishop ✠Richard Challoner for everyday of the year.
Carissimi; Today’s Mass: Dedication of the Basilicas of St. Peter & Paul
Oh, what an evident sign of predestination have the servants of Mary! St. Bonaventure says the gates of Heaven open to all who confide in Mary’s protection. St. Ambrose prays: “Open to us, O Mary, the gate of Paradise, for thou hast its keys!” And Holy Church prays to Mary: “Gate of Heaven, pray for us!”
St. Bernard calls the Blessed Virgin “the heavenly Chariot.” St. John Geometra salutes her: “Hail! resplendent car!” signifying that she is the car in which her clients mount to Heaven. “Blessed are they who know thee, O Mother of God,” says St. Bonaventure; “for the knowledge of thee is the high road to everlasting life, and the proclaiming of thy virtues is the way of eternal salvation.”