|Leon Bloy 1846-1917|
Godfather of Jacques and Raissa
De Maria Nunquam Satis -St. Louis De Montfort
"With Mary there is never enough"
"Mary's glory and universal excellence defy hyperbole. She is that fire of Solomon which never says: "Enough!" She is the earthly paradise and the heavenly Jerusalem. She it is to whom God has given everything.If you think of her beauty, it would be mocking her to say She is Beauty itself, since she is infinitely above that praise. If you wish to extol her strength and power, you could do nothing better than to recognize that She is, in truth, the least of creatures, since She has been able to accomplish the inconceivable wonder of humbling herself lower than all the abysses before which She had already been conceived. If you wish to die, all those of good will who are dying lie in her arms. If you are asking to be born, the Milky Way will spout forth from her Breasts to feed you. If you were so good a poet that you could even astound the innocent couple beneath the plane trees of Paradise, you would seem to be selling the most rotten of goods, short weight, you would look like a slave trader or a slum landlord were you -- even in tears and on your knees -- so much as to dream of saying a word about her purity, which makes the sweat of the damned in the depths of hell look like droplets of dew that hang on a summer morning from the silver and opaline webs woven by engaging forest spiders." Leon Bloy: Pilgrim of the Absolute, selections by Raissa Maritain (New York: Pantheon Books, 1947), p. 241
"Imagine an earth abandoned to all the powers of darkness, a ravaged human race multiplying from day to day and perverting itself more and more with each generation. Despite this and throughout all this, a tiny little shining ray, a thread of light which nothing could destroy, the Immaculate Conception piercing the ages and the peoples until the miraculous hour, unknown to the greatest angels, when it would manifest itself in Mary full of grace, conceived without the stain of original sin under the Gate of Gold." Pilgrim of the Absolute, p. 232