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Our Lady and Holy Mass

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Montfort Father J.M. Huppers has written a wonderful little book called “The Holy Mass in Union with Our Lady”. Here is his explanatory Foreword.

Foreword

Just as this most holy Body of Jesus was given to us through Mary, so it must be offered through Her hands; and we must receive through Her hands in the Sacrament what was supplied to us by Her and was born from Her most very chaste Womb. (St. Bonaventure)

In this little booklet we present to the reader some thoughts on the role and cooperation of the Most Holy Mother of Jesus in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, as well as some indications to recognize practically and make use of this collaboration of Our Lady.

This little work can serve as spiritual reading. It can also be used for meditation, to examine more thoroughly and assimilate more the considerations and exercises which are proposed in it.

Nothing prevents us from even making use of it during the Holy Sacrifice itself, especially on the days when it is granted to us to be present at more than one Holy Mass.

In this way we shall imbue ourselves us little by little with these thoughts and with other similar ones “which the Holy Spirit will supply us” if we are very interior, mortified and faithful to the great and solid devotion which Montfort taught us. They will spontaneously return to us in spirit in our participation in the august Sacrifice. And this will be to the great benefit of God, the Most Blessed Virgin, souls, and ourselves.

It goes without saying that we do not want to impose on anyone these considerations and practices, which, verbally proposed, were already able to be of great help for many persons. They are intended for the “children and slaves of love” of the Most Blessed Virgin, who, according to the pressing recommendation of the divine Heart of Jesus to His favorite confidante, Margaret-Mary, feel an imperative need to unite themselves with their “dear Everything with Jesus” in their holiest actions and above all in the Sacrifice of our altars. Let each, besides, chose according to his attractions from the diverse practices proposed. Since we do not lose sight here of the Most Holy Mother of Jesus, we can justly refer to the “beautiful freedom of the children of God.”

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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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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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St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (2/10)

“What do these words mean: “To strive for the conversion and sanctification of the souls of all through Mary Immaculate?”  What do we want to emphasize by these words?  We want to emphasize that the shortest and surest way to conversion and sanctification is – “Mary Immaculate”.  Our desire is to follow that cause ourselves and to teach it to others.”

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St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe (2/7)

“The final aim of man is that to which he tends and for the attainment of which he uses all means.  Our aim is to love God through Mary Immaculate and in Her; therefore our whole life should be used for this purpose.”

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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 – CLXX

The members of societies think it an honour and a duty to wear the distinguishing badge of their body.  The special badge for members of the Archconfraternity of Mary, Queen of our Hearts, is the Medal which everyone knows, a model of the group at Rome in the chapel appointed as the centre of the whole association.  The pious slaves of Jesus in Mary need not be urged to wear upon their breast the blest badge of the Heavenly Mother.

In the Treatise of the True Devotion Blessed de Montfort writes these lines already quoted: ‘Those who wish to enter into this particular devotion, which is not at present erected into a confraternity, though that were to be wished, etc.’

This wish of the holy writer has been realized.  On March 25, 1899, Monsignor Duhamel, Archbishop of Ottawa, canonically established the first Confraternity in the parish church of Notre Dame de Lourdes.

On April 28, 1913, the Confraternity was erected at Rome, and His Holiness Pius X gave it official rank and the name of the Archconfraternity of Mary, Queen of Our Hearts, enriched by numerous indulgences.  Thence it has spread to every country and its members are numbered by hundreds of thousands.  For further particulars it is well to refer to the Manual of the Confraternity.  I commend it to you.

3. The Feast of the Mystery of the Annunciation.

(3) The third practice which de Montfort recommends  ‘is to celebrate with more than ordinary devotion every year the Feast of the Annunciation, for this is the principal feast of this devotion, which was established in order to promote the honour and imitate the dependence in which the Eternal Word placed Himself on this day, for the love of us.’ 

The mystery of the Incarnation is indeed the basis of the doctrine of the Holy Slavery.  It shows us the Son of God, taking in the womb of Mary the form of a slave and subjecting Himself in all things to His holy Mother.  He is then indeed the Model Whom we must imitate, and it is His act of dependence that we must produce in all our life in Mary.  On this fundamental mystery we must often, and every liturgical year, nourish our souls.

It would be well for each slave to renew his consecration every year with the same three weeks’ preparation.  He should also make a duty of renewing this surrender of himself several times a day, but by a shorter formula, for instance this: ‘Tuus totus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt.  I am all thine, and all that I have, I offer to thee, O my loving Jesus, through Mary, Thy holy Mother.’  An indulgence of three hundred days each time is attached to the recital of this shortened form of Consecration.

(To be continued.)

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