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St. Louis de Montfort says we should “do all our actions by Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary; so that we may do them all the more perfectly by Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #257).

Fair enough. Can’t disagree with that.

Yet, while he explains how to do all our actions by, with, and for Mary, he says almost nothing about how to do your actions ‘in Mary.’ See for yourself in #s 261-264 of his “True Devotion to Mary”, where he briefly talks about living ‘in Mary.’ And living ‘in Mary’ is the most important part!

This free ebook, “Life in and for Mary”, fills in this gap. It was written by Ven. Michael of St. Augustine.

What’s interesting is St. Louis says he “read nearly all the books which profess to treat of devotion to Our Lady” (#118). Yet, there’s no evidence he ever read this, although it was available during his lifetime.

It’s also important to remember what Montfort Fr. Armand Plessis says in the Introduction of his “Commentary on the Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”:

“Now, the “Treatise on the True Devotion” condenses in one small volume a considerable sum of dogmatic truths and spiritual counsels. Several times, the author (St. Louis) shows his intention of only saying things briefly, and he avoids lingering over proofs. Benedict XV himself notes this character: “If the book is of great authority and great unction, it is also “little by volume”.

“Doctrinal density, included in a brief text! The same conciseness naturally calls for explanations. Otherwise many readers will be confused, and will declare themselves incapable of enjoying the Montfortian spirituality.”

St. Louis wrote the “True Devotion to Mary” on the fly. In one sitting, in fact.

So you can see how important it is to have help in understanding it.

And St. Louis de Montfort even admits he left a lot out…

“I have now said many things about the most holy Virgin; but I have many more to say, and there are infinitely more which I shall omit, whether from ignorance, inability, or want of time, in the  design which I have to form a true client of Mary, and a true disciple of Jesus Christ” (#111).

So, today you can get started reading “Life in and for Mary” in minutes. It’s only sixteen pages, but it’s packed.

Click here>>>Get My Free Marian eBook!

 

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St. Maximilian Kolbe

Today is the Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe. Here is an image from the church of Sant’Andrea della Valle in Rome where he was ordained priest.

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And here’s an image from the Roman church Sant’Andrea della Fratte where he offered his first Mass on the altar where Our Lady appeared to and converted Alphonse Ratisbonne.

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St. Maximilian gave some excellent advice in reading about Our Lady: “When you start reading something on the Immaculate, do not forget that at that moment you come into contact with a living being, who loves you, who is pure, without stain. She will reveal herself to you through the phrases that you read and will convey to you thoughts, convictions, feelings that the author himself could not possibly even imagine.”

“We should put into practice what we have read. It is sufficient to dedicate five minutes daily to the reading, but be resolute, and do not omit these five minutes any day. This will be an assurance of advancement in perfection. It will likewise be a healthful nourishment for our souls, because it will serve to give us wings in our flight to the summits of our desired holiness, and a closer union with the Immaculata.”

Here are some excellent Marian Resources you’ll love.

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Immaculate Conception

Happy Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Blessed Pope Pius IX, in defining this dogma, wrote: “From the very beginning, and before time began, the eternal Father chose and prepared for his only-begotten Son a Mother in whom the Son of God would become incarnate and from whom, in the blessed fullness of time, he would be born into this world. Above all creatures did God so loved her that truly in her was the Father well pleased with singular delight. Therefore, far above all the angels and all the saints so wondrously did God endow her with the abundance of all heavenly gifts poured from the treasury of his divinity that this mother, ever absolutely free of all stain of sin, all fair and perfect, would possess that fullness of holy innocence and sanctity than which, under God, one cannot even imagine anything greater, and which, outside of God, no mind can succeed in comprehending fully” (Bull, Ineffabilis Deus).

Many will also make their consecration to Jesus through Mary today, according to the formula of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. Most, however, despite their good intentions, will not make much progress. St. Louis-Marie said: “As the essential of this devotion consists in the interior which it ought to form, it will not be equally comprehended by everybody. Some will stop at what is exterior in it, and will go further, and these will be the greatest number. Some, in small number, will enter into its inward spirit; but they will mount only one step. Who will mount to the second step? Who will get as far as the third? Lastly, who will so advance as to make this devotion his habitual state?” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #119).

If you want to be in the small number who advances to the third step, here is your solution: To Jesus through Mary. This is the book which shows you what to do AFTER you’ve made your consecration. Check it out here.

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Immaculate Heart of Mary

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“Jesus wants to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart” — Our Lady to Sr. Lucia at Fatima. In addition to celebrating the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua today, the Church also celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Catholics do NOT worship Mary. If you want the real scoop, click here, and you will discover what the real deal is.

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They All Laughed When…

…You Told Them You Intended To Become A Saint…But When You Showed Them This Book… Read more…

by Fr. Jean-Marie Texier, Montfort Father

by Fr. Jean-Marie Texier, Montfort Father

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Our Lady of Lourdes

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Here are some photos in and around Lourdes. Also, check out this recently translated, timeless Marian classic of French spirituality. Enjoy the photos and the Feast day!

P.S. I am posting this on Feb. 11, the actual Feast, but WordPress seems to be dating this post Feb. 12.

The Lourdes Grotto

The Lourdes Grotto

The place where St. Bernadette prayed on Feb. 11, 1858

The place where St. Bernadette prayed on Feb. 11, 1858

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The paternal home of St. Bernadette

The paternal home of St. Bernadette

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"Bernadette Soubirous was born in this room on January 7, 1844."

“Bernadette Soubirous was born in this room on January 7, 1844.”

Le Cachot - the one room dwelling where the Soubirous family had to live for a time

Le Cachot – the one room dwelling where the Soubirous family had to live for a time

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In January 1858, she declared: "I wish to return to Lourdes to go to class there and to make my first Communion."

In January 1858, she declared: “I wish to return to Lourdes to go to class there and to make my first Communion.”

St. Bernadette Soubirous

St. Bernadette Soubirous

The baptismal font where St. Bernadette was baptized

The baptismal font where St. Bernadette was baptized

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The burial place of the nun who did not like St. Bernadette

The burial place of the nun who did not like St. Bernadette

Statue of Fr. Peyramale, pastor of Lourdes

Statue of Fr. Peyramale, pastor of Lourdes

Fr. Peyramale's burial place

Fr. Peyramale’s burial place

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The place for the sick

The place for the sick

The basilica at Lourdes

The basilica at Lourdes

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The end of the evening procession

The end of the evening procession

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The building where confessions were heard

The building where confessions were heard

St. John Vianney

St. John Vianney

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A view of the fortress from the hotel

A view of the fortress from the hotel

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The Grotto at night

The Grotto at night

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Fr. Emil Neubert, Marianist

Fr. Emil Neubert was, arguably, the most extraordinary Marian writer of the twentieth century.  St. Maximilian Kolbe was so impressed with one of his books that he struck up a friendship with him.  Many people, however, have not heard of him.  Here is a good article about him.  Fortunately, Fr. Neubert also wrote an autobiography, which you can get here!  I have dedicated a Pinterest board to him where you can also get some of his previously untranslated works.  I have three more of his works in preparation.  He used to write about the Blessed Virgin for three hours a day, and he wrote books for every state of life.  His autobiography is very inspiring.  It is to be hoped that he will be canonized.

Fr. Emil Neubert

Fr. Emil Neubert

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