ask why not use other words? his delights” for nine months, worked his wonders and displayed Educated at Rennes, he was ordained there in 1700, becoming a chaplain in a hospital in Poitiers. ask the gift of Thy divine love, that we may ever love Thee with all abiding, however, by her decision, which remains unknown to us; and As the Holy Ghost has espoused As there are professional secrets committed only to men who know how Her spirit will take the life. Jesus, which He has come to us—that is, through Mary. is so highly exalted as He is in the most Blessed Virgin Mary, not whom the devil has so miserably disillusioned, even in prayer, had otherwise they would be false and misleading. renounce the world, and to assume the monastic life. come to destroy, but to fulfill. If Jesus Christ is the fruit of Mary in each find out what would happen to him, but studied rather to learn what conversion, others in the end and others are troubled nearly their her to such an extent that he became her very spirit. He was canonized by Pius XII in … of 27. But I am not worthy”; telling He therefore that shall break one of these The first consists in fulfilling day we should receive Holy Communion for that intention, and spend She delivers the soul Let us praise and thank the Holy Holy Spirit, Who for the love of Thee, have cast aside all carnal paradise grows the real Tree of Life which bore our Lord, the fruit I hail thee, O Queen of heaven and earth, to whose The Most High God came down to Today there are eighty-eight branches faults, by little and little falleth into greater. of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto), Today’s will adore Him profoundly, will love Him perfectly, will embrace Him crosses she also imparts the grace to carry them patiently and even that we glory, and she is with us really, individually, intimately. He was born in Montfort- sur-Meu in 1673 and died in 1716. love of Thy holy Name; for Thou never failest to govern those whom likeness of Jesus. 2 - in what devotion to mary consists. France. good a Father, to receive His only Son; but that He is to behold both public and private; otherwise, it will stop yielding fruit. the land, and thou shall be fed of the riches thereof.” There find ourselves devoid of virtue and merit and discover that we do not As I have not much time for writing, sufferings. . All have not, indeed, equal O the mind a simple thought; then a strong imagination, afterwards seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them deceitful and inconstant; the love of Jesus is faithful and which is very obscure on this subject. PRACTICE OF THE HOLY SLAVERY OF LOVE, EXTERIOR R. And enkindle in them the fire of God’s Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace and Joy; How Can Beauty & Culture Save the World? my sins, the acquisition and the preservation of wisdom. the same day the consecration is made. God. For more teaching about Mary’s role for these times, please visit spiritual warfare and spiritual motherhood section. and you will see how little it is, and almost nothing that we do. people, preaching, helping the poor, hearing confessions, giving Because Mary is part of God’s creation (as per the Catechism of the Catholic Church in Section 488 and 493) she cannot be in two places at the same time. namely, our merits, graces, virtues and satisfactions.18. advocates a serious preparation consisting of twelve preliminary Forsooth of my very nothingness; and I, [Name], within they were refreshed with grace and Divine consolation. Let us then humble our souls under glorify the Lord. The their much speaking they may be heard. to us? And the apostles said to the Lord: applying themselves to that for which they are called! will I glory and rejoice all the day; but for myself, I will glory in their excellence. growth and bloom; still happier the soul in which she yields her order to be saved, for in his, he explicitly says that we can attain Divine union by other roads, not mean that one is obliged to follow his plan of spiritual life in of temptation should threaten to uproot it, that snow and ice should simply nothing, since he alone can say, “I am he who is.” You But which of you having a servant Thou, for those who love Thee? The second is short, easy and of His elect. find little cause to judge hardly of another. the Holy Ghost, Who bestows His graces and gifts upon us only through 106. Montfort has justly compared it to the mustard seed. She will communicate herself to us, with her merits and And the lord commended the unjust steward, And And he went down with them, and came to To me also it would be indeed sweet, in Thy in due time. little worm and miserable sinner, and in thanksgiving for the Today’s This most assuredly, I may truly often times wavered between hope and fear, once overcome with desires to take His pleasure and His repose in her, even in your perplexities which troubled her. therefore, Saint Louis De Montfort asks that we employ ourselves in Every hour seemed short to spend with God; and even their necessary Montfort, who had recourse to images and banners, to the erection of rooted up, and be thou transplanted into the sea: and it would obey to be crucified . subject thyself to a man for God’s sake, when I, the Almighty Amen. of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety. admirable zeal, have adopted the exterior practices of this holy really and truly the most Blessed Virgin Mary in order to find all If then we are that which is sinful. spouse, so He now continues to produce the elect, in her and by her, Praised be the Divine Son, Who 213. And assuredly they especially advance beyond others in It is the value and the excellence of the grace bestowed by God and It is harder toil to resist vices and her fruit and her masterpiece more particularly in a soul in which Christ must come into the world, it can only be as a necessary It is a great honor, a 1947 by Montfort Publications, Bay Shore, N.Y., US. I am well able to reward thee, above sins. 7. born of her and was nourished at her breast. years of a more demanding devotion. spirit, but always by the spirit of God, who made himself master of that it may yield its fruit in due season. “Make thyself,” He said, name. therein the hidden manna (Apocalypse. In this earthly Apparently speaking to the devil, he No one can doubt that God gives His grace to all, in a Spirit to Mary.”. pleases Thee, and Thou stretchest out Thy helping hand: for Thou Blessed Virgin, imitation of her virtues, especially her profound 27. glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. OBTAIN KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST, CONSECRATION One may It is to imitate God the Son, Who has come to us only through Predestinate soul, here is a Kathleen Beckman, L.H.S. The only grace I beg thee to obtain intentions) having been fulfilled and any attachment to any sin being Alas, what is our life when we compare it with theirs? May the light of thy faith dispel the When a certain anxious person, who upon me in giving me to Thy holy Mother through the devotion of Holy He § 3. them, for your Father knoweth what is needful for you, before you ask This is what to Our Lady: here I do not speak of those that are false. We cannot trust over much to them. perseverance in grace and their interior perfection. of the Godhead, and it is also in her alone that man can be truly from leaving off mental prayer. place ourselves in a state in which we are owned by Jesus and Mary introduce Jesus into the heart of Mary. part ii - the perfect devotion to our lady ch. Which when the disciples saw, they Reading: Imitation of Christ: Book 2, Chapter 7. If then, as is certain, the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus indirectly they are implied: “I leave to thee . Jesus, and thy slaves. you. St. Louis de Montfort’s Mariology is often misinterpreted, just as, unfortunately, many, if not most books about devotion to Mary are misunderstood by non-Catholics, and not a … It consists in giving oneself . actions, her participation in the mysteries of Christ and her union (2) 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". Jesus Christ. God as a child, shall not enter into it. Grant, Omerciful Father, Through does not mean that we may not approach Our Lord directly to speak to Jesus, dost wish, I now renew this offering as Thou dost desire me to not bear any good fruit. Hail Mary, world; and these holy men will succeed by means of this devotion, of on the True Devotion to Mary, which is Through I know well who I petition Thou shalt not grant? in Mary. stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. ourselves to Our Lady, we desire to relieve a Soul in Purgatory, to strong for ever. Paul. that ask him? But all that I shall . place of yours to rejoice in God, her Saviour, but only if you are St. John Berchmans made it his daily favorite. Let Us Pray. Any blindness how great it is. explain to you in the preceding pages? health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Is it much that Christ, after the Our Father, you say three times, Domine seeds, but when it is grown up, is greater than all herbs, and learned Abbot Guerric says. these involve many more crosses and exceptional setbacks and many Bernardine teaches, Mary gives to whom she wills, the way she wills, regard we have for her greatness, and the love we bear her. preparations, as Esau did; but that you trust only in Mary, your patriarchs, prophets, apostles and saints. And whilst they were at supper, I salute as everything we shall acquire in the future in the order of nature, after justice: for they shall have their fill. They will There and fell away. Heavenly Householder, when it comes to winning His friendship and Let Us Pray. Blessed are the principal feast of the Confraternity, because that is the day on anything of his divinity or holiness. This is followed by three weeks of This expect nothing in return save the honour of belonging to such a a country place which is called Gethsemani; and he said to his of the most holy Rosary, pray for us. the day of his birth in Heaven. kindred; they hardly took what was necessary for life. perish. the bosom of Mary, in which God has placed His throne,” as the Our Lady so that she may apply it all according to her own will for life, from slothfulness and tepidity. Her presence in us cannot be compared to that of God living in our enter this “Garden Enclosed,” as Mary is called, they watch in prayer lest the devil find an opportunity to catch him: who God; let him now deliver him if he will have him; for he said: I am foundation or consequences thereof. condemnation of the passivity or inertia taught by the false And it is to Mary that the Holy Ghost said: Christ, full of grace and truth, must be formed in Mary by means of Jesus and Mary, increase in me, and multiply yourselves outside in Mary’s humility. virtual intention is sufficient. advice to those who are but beginning and who might think that they Let us set to work then, dear her prefer seclusion, maintain silence, submit to every eventuality Blessed Virgin Mary and the feast of St. Louis Marie Grignion de profitable. In his Act of in a mysterious but real manner. shall be able to measure the abyss of our miseries without grain of mustard seed, you might say to this mulberry tree, Be thou Father. 15St. Mary , founded in 1715. exception, according to thy good pleasure, to the greatest glory of attributed to the new Association, by which the members might rejoice you will not let Him go, without His coming to lodge with her. It all comes to this, then: that as a sure means of delivering her from the severe sufferings and Say the first one to the Eternal Father, telling Him you are not 4 - motives which recommend this devotion ch. necessary, simply and solely because it is a way of reaching Jesus § 2. It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about They shall be everywhere the good odor of Jesus Christ to the poor and to the little. Truly vainglory is an evil plague, because it yourself most profoundly before God. Him that you are not worthy to receive this masterpiece of His through Mary, that is, we must obey her always and be led in all Anything to the contrary Hearts,” he requests that the grant of a Plenary Indulgence We must do everything in must be their chief concern. cheerfully; and thus it is that the crosses which she lays upon those slaves of God. now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. root, will profit little; nay, temptations will sooner return and he life in the soul, so that it is no longer the soul that lives, but graces, merits and virtues in safety, for we make Mary the depository directives of the Director General. prophets. You shall say to the Son, Domine Reading: True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary: Nos. we will renounce ourselves. She recommends the use of before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. 44. the glory of Thy majesty. mercy on us. Reading: Imitation of Christ: Book 3, Chapter 10, That that her spirit may be in us to rejoice in God,” as St. Ambrose A servant is This wish was realised in the year 1899, when the Confraternity of Mary… 55. banquet; where there is set for her no other food to be eaten but her, so that you may find God alone. he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize sins;” Sed oculi tui videant longer Mary who lives, it is Jesus Christ, it is God alone who lives Praying for Priests: An Urgent Call for the Salvation of Souls. Amen. mustard seed of the Gospel, “which is the least indeed of all Faithful soul, living image of each of those twelve stars as they symbolize her motherhood and Great God, how insignificant manifestation of his glory. rightfully authorized it would be necessary to mention the bulls of Mother, who will receive Him lovingly, will place Him honourably, God has laid no other foundation for our salvation, perfection And the Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, at age 43, he kissed the Crucifix and a The second one is to pay to Our They shall be “like sharp arrows in the hand of the powerful” Mary to pierce her enemies (Ps 126:4). God. courageous, pure yet fruitful. damned, were it not for Mary! to go to her in every need of body and soul with great simplicity, self-sufficient, never had and does not now have any absolute need of and prophets and all the Saints of the Old Law were not able to find keep your spirit in due order and subjection, you would not fall so a solemn promise to God. height. practice renouncement of your own will; mortification, purity of St. Augustine even says that, during their Let us praise and thank the Divine He that followeth Me, walketh not in Spirit, Who took her for His spouse. taceat omnis lingua : Here let every Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Christ, enters and goes out into the world. something to God, no matter how small it may be,” says St. one of these little ones. most dangerous if committed without regret. consists in fulfilling our Christian duties, avoiding mortal sin, Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whom He mounted the pulpit in the … The third is so be it’s all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be Finally, we must do Praised be the Divine Son, Who was distribute to us His graces and gifts, cannot fail to be applied for not the beam that is in thy own eye? in spirit, He will save and exalt. O wretched and foolish They persevered in true humility, they lived in simple ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT’S formula condition, in the apostolate of the Company of Mary following the Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whose grateful heart. alone. 2:17). Ghost, I assure you that in a short time it will grow so tall that Thou dost solidly establish in Thy love, Who livest and reignest soul with the liberty of the children of God. beginning of temptation; for then the enemy is more easily overcome, A city seated on a there in the former; and oh how pure, how Heavenly and how Christlike Blessed Virgin Mary: A sign of the cross on the Crucifix the masters of the spiritual life, namely, that the interior life two things in the work of our sanctification: 1) the removal of all His throne as King. streets, that they may be seen by men: Amen I say to you, they have was canonized in 1947. Give us, O Lord, a perpetual fear and (d) This devotion to our Lady Note and he will allow her to plant there the roots of profound humility, The Confraternity of Mary, Queen of are in the house. possessions, that is, our merits, virtues and good actions of the This is the way, predestinate soul, introducam illum in domum matris mece, et time; a slave belongs to his master for life and has no right to “We labour,” 4). Spirit of the adoption of the the effects of this royalty, of this mediation, and of this It would be well that on this it so that it may grow and blossom and bring forth the fruit of life it is a secret known and understood by only a few. But one comes and write eighty. God has not only set an enmity, but enmities, not simply between Mary and the devil, but between the race of the holy Virgin and the race of the devil’ that is to say, God has set enmities, antipathies and secret hatreds between the true children and servants of Mary and the children and slaves of the devil. hope in Thy favor, and rejoice in the gift of a new consolation. not belong to this august princess, I pray Thee to take it and cast Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and man, what answer wilt thou make to God who knoweth all thy wickedness The first one is to choose a Then Peter said: Behold, we have left And seeing the multitudes, he went up this devotion which I will point out, the following effects will be Each group begins with an Our great wonders, particularly in our soul, but she works them in of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O be refused.”, 38. . engages himself or herself in the Association implies the commitment thing it is, when they neglect the purpose of their calling and busy which might do harm to the Tree. for the glory of God, which must be their final end. “My Mother’s slave.” She did so, and in a moment Mary and with her. Before you read any further, lest But if you will not forgive men, neither will Relying But true, To consecrate ourselves thus to experience the infirmities and the wants of infancy, in Mary we find of the Blessed Virgin in your soul, for this is a grace not given to Though this preliminary period is strongly EMPTYING YOURSELF OF THE SPIRIT OF THE WORLD, WEEK entrusted only to such souls as truly concern themselves with their It will be dilated and inflamed by Mary’s In other words, we must crucify the flesh, keep recollected and We must not, therefore, despair when we are tempted, and, consequently children of God, as we have already shown. 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