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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.

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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.

To Jesus Through mary

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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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St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Today is the Feast of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, one of the most Marian saints in the history of the Church.  He said that he read almost everything about the Blessed Virgin.  Yet, there was one Marian gem which he missed.  Subscribe to the Marian newsletter and get this gem for free by clicking here: http://blessedmarymotherofgod.com/truedevotiontomary.html.

Statue of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort in St. Peter's Basilica

Statue of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort in St. Peter’s Basilica

Moving closer

Moving closer

The Saint steps on the serpent.

The Saint steps on the serpent.

Notre Dame des Ardilliers: one of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort's favorite places to pray.

Notre Dame des Ardilliers: one of St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s favorite places to pray.

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To Jesus through Mary (new book!)

Here is a newly-published book, which is the best explanation of how to live St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary.”

http://blessedmarymotherofgod.com/tojesusthroughmary.html

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – CLXXI

Conclusion

The seer of Patmos, the evangelist S. John, the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, the Child and the Almoner of Mary, speaks to us in his Apocalypse of an Angel who says to him: ‘Go and take the book that is open from the hand of the Angel who standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.  And I went to the Angel saying that he should give me the book.  And he said unto me: Take the book and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but in thy mouth it shall be sweet as honey.  And I took the book from the hand of the Angel and ate it up, and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.”

This Angel holding his little book is Blessed de Montfort, who offers us his Secret of Mary.

The Evangelist who eats the little book is every one of us, who must make of it the spiritual food of our souls.

This little book made the belly of the prophet bitter but in his mouth it was sweet as honey.  The Devotion of the Holy Slavery is indeed bitter and hard to the old carnal and corrupt man whom we bear in us and who is represented by the belly.  Human nature dreads any discomfort or mortification; the senses, the passions, the world, the devil cannot bear them.  But this Doctrine of life and salvation will be sweet as honey to our souls which are like mouths filled with sanctifying grace which eat, taste, and enjoy supernatural things.

I would then boldly say to you: ‘Accipe librum et devora illum; Take this little book and eat it.’  Make of it, O Chosen Soul, your habitual daily food, for this little book of the True Devotion to Mary s the words of eternal LifeThrough Mary it leads us safely to Jesus living in us and reproduced in us on earth, and owned, loved and glorifying us eternally with Him, in Heaven.*

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Secret Way of the Enclosed Garden – CLXIX

2. The Offering of a tribute to the Blessed Virgin.

(2) ‘The scond practice,’ says the holy writer, ‘is to pay on the same day some little tribute to the Blessed Virgin as a token of our servitude and dependence, for it has always been the custom of slaves thus to pay homage to their masters.’  It is a mark of honour, affection, devotion, gratitude and a pledge of fidelity.

Now this tribute may be either some mortification or an alms, or a pilgrimage or some prayers.’

Some mortification…Blessed Marino, his brother, S. Peter Damian tells us, took the discipline publicly every year before the altar of the Blessed Virgin on the day of his consecration.’

Père J.M. de Lombaerde, a missionary of the Holy Family, in chapter XXXI of his book: Ma Journée avec Marie,’ which after the pattern of the Imitation he entitles: ‘The Royal Road,’ and dealing with the cross and suffering, speaks of the extraordinary penances which we can impose upon ourselves in honour of Mary.  For instance: the hair shirt; little chains; bracelets; crosses with sharp points; iron girdles; the discipline; knotted cords; the deprivation of sleep; a hard bed; a wooden pillow made of a little bunch of twigs or long straws.

Let me say first that these extraordinary penances must only be used with the permission of a director and with prudence and discretion, because sometimes, on a pretext of perfection they harm our moral health by flattering our self-love and our physical health, by too much hindering our work and the duties of our station.

And so Blessed Louis wisely adds: ‘We neither ask nor even counsel such fervour.’

Most souls must then, failing a special urging of grace and the permission of the director, be satisfied with the ordinary ways and only make those ordinary penances which are attainable, easy, countless, advised and meritorious.  Some souls, drawn on by unenlightened zeal, deluded, perhaps, may be tempted to attempt more. ‘But,’ says Blessed Louis, ‘if we cannot give much to Mary we should at least offer what we do give her, with a humble and grateful heart.’

We know the proverb: ‘leave well alone.’  Let those souls eager for great penances, unattainable, unwise, useless and even harmful, know, that obedience is better than penance, that the ordinary ways, which are the ways of all, are preferable to the extraordinary ways which are only meant for souls who have been specially called to them and who will be carefully controlled and wisely directed.  The Montfortian remark that we must only give what we can, applies equally to alms, pilgrimages and prayers.

Some alms: the spiritual alms of good advice, good example, a good prayer; material alms according to one’s means and one’s heart.  We may remember that many little souls…I mean little in the eyes of the world…hidden, obscure, interior, show an admirable delicacy and generosity towards Mary.  It goes without saying that these little alms, directly concerned as they are with the True Devotion of the Holy Slavery, should be addressed to the Headquarters of the Work; it is understood that we should materially support that which supports us spiritually.

Some pilgrimage: preferably to a sanctuary of Our Lady, the centre of some confraternity.

Some prayers: special and of greater length.  Blessed Louis mentions several of them, and personal piety will suggest many others.

(To be continued.)

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