For just as the Immaculata herself belongs to Jesus and to God, so too every soul through her and in her will belong to Jesus and to God in a much more perfect way than would have been possible without her. Such souls will come to love the Sacred Heart of Jesus much better than they have ever done up to now. Like Mary herself, they will come to penetrate into the very depths of love, to understand the cross, the Eucharist much better than before. Through her divine love will set the world on fire and will consume it; then will the “assumption of souls in love” take place. When, oh when will the divinization of the world in her and through her come about? (Personal notes, April 23, 1933) – St. Maximilian Kolbe
One year ago today, on the feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my husband and I consecrated ourselves to Mary, the Blessed Virgin Mother of God, Mother of the Church, and Queen of Heaven. We had a period of preparing for consecration—we read devotions influenced by St. Maximilian Kolbe’s Marian consecration, dedicated ourselves to praying the Rosary, and contemplated what it means for her to reign in our hearts.
We have realized that as part of the Church, we enter into something so much larger than just a relationship with Jesus, as incredible as that is to begin with. St. Maximilian Kolbe points out that at baptism, we enter into the entire family of God:
The new child of God, who has become a member of the “divine family,” has God the Father for his father, has the divine Mother for his mother, has the divine Son for his brother. He acquires a divine inheritance by his loving union with the Persons who make up this “divine family.” Nor is this all; the divine Son chooses as his spouses the souls to whom he unites himself by this family bond; through him they become the mothers of many other souls. (Sketch, 1940)
In taking Mary as our Mother, to love her and be formed by her as her children, we become more like Jesus, who loves her more than anyone ever can, and who was formed under her loving care. And by giving ourselves to our Mother, we ask to be given a heart for her Son, for no human heart ever loved Jesus more than His Mother, Mary.
If Mary becomes Queen of our hearts, then Jesus is King, for they reign together. Mary is Queen where Jesus is King. In his book, Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary (which I highly recommend), Brant Pitre points out:
in contrast to most kingdoms, in ancient Israel, the ‘queen’ of the kingdom was not the king’s wife but his mother. Her royal title—‘queen mother’ (Hebrew gebirah)—is the feminine form of the word ‘master’ (Hebrew gebir). It can also be translated ‘great lady’ or ‘mistress’ (see 1 Kings 15:13; 2 Chronicles 15:16; Jeremiah 29:2). (74)
To his point, Pitre highlights King Solomon and the first queen mother, Bathsheba, in 1 Kings 2:19-20, in which it is written, “So Bathsheba went to King Solomon, to speak to him on behalf of Adonijah. And the king rose to meet her, and bowed down to her; then he sat on his throne and had a throne brought for the king’s mother; and she sat on his right.” The queen mother’s position is second only to the king. She reigns at the right hand of the king and acts as intercessor for the people to the king (as seen in 1 Kings 2:13-14, 17-18) (Pitre 78). Who are we, then, to disregard the mother of our Lord and King? If Jesus is our King, we must also have His Mother as our Queen.
The Virgin Mary is brought into the life of the Trinity in a way no other creature is. She is merely human, and yet, by virtue of being created to be the Mother of God the Son, she is preserved from all sin by the special grace of God and so is the most beautiful of all God’s creation. The Holy Spirit is united to her from the very moment of her conception so that she may never depart from God. Thus, when she freely offers her “yes” at the annunciation (Lk. 2:38), she becomes both the spouse of the Holy Spirit and the Mother of God.
Since she is united to the Holy Spirit in so intimate a way we cannot even imagine, her will, too, is intimately united to God’s will. So, we need not fear that she will lead us away from God. No, as God’s perfect creature, she only brings glory to God and points us to Him. As looking at the beauties of God’s creation causes us to sing His praises, even more does Mary cause us to marvel at the goodness and the beauty of God. She does nothing other than point us to Him and see His immense love for us. She does this in a way that is unique from anything or anyone else in His creation; she points us to God in a way that is particular to her as a unique and most perfect daughter of God. When we get to know someone and we come to love them, they show us something of God in a way we had not known before. So too, when we get to know our Mother, Mary, her particular, maternal love, and her unique personality bring us into deeper love of Christ in a way only she can bring out in us.
I emphasize the importance of consecration to our Blessed Mother because of Mary’s unique role in the economy of salvation and her particular maternal love. She brings out in us love in a way only she can, and she does this by showing us her Son in a way only His mother can. Father Kolbe wrote:
In practice, we know that the souls that have given themselves completely and unrestrictedly to the Immaculata come to understand better the Lord Jesus and the mysteries of God. The Mother of God cannot lead us anywhere except to the Lord Jesus. (Conference, June 20, 1937)
To go back to where I began, when we come into the Church in baptism, we come into the family of God. God gives us His very Being, and He gives us His whole family, too: His Mother, and His brothers and sisters, the saints, who all strengthen us in the Spirit and conform us to His Son, each in their own ways. Even the greatest saints point to our Blessed Mother and know it is her maternal love which guided them to Love Himself.