St. Louis de Montfort warns…
“There are at this time, more than ever, false devotions to our Blessed Lady which it is easy to mistake for true ones. The devil, like a counterfeiter and a subtle and experienced deceiver, has already deceived and destroyed so many souls by a false devotion to the Blessed Virgin, that he makes a daily use of his diabolical experience to plunge many others by this same way into everlasting perdition.
“As a counterfeiter does not ordinarily counterfeit anything but gold and silver, or very rarely the other metals, because they are not worth the trouble, so the evil spirit does not for the most part counterfeit the other devotions, but only those to Jesus and Mary, the devotion to Holy Communion, and to our Blessed Lady, because they are, among other devotions, what gold and silver are amongst metals” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #90).
Here is a free Marian cheat sheet which reveals to you the 7 things St. Louis says you should never do in your devotion to Mary. It’s taken from the “Commentary on the Treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”.
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They include the book pictured above. St .Lawrence of Brindisi is known as the Marian Doctor of the Church. This book is several hundred pages of his Marian writings. Most people don’t know about him or even that his works have been translated and published. You can find it and other Marian and spiritual books by clicking here to see the Marian Resources page.
a). – Mary is first and foremost the Mother of God the Son. This already supposes the greatest intimacy, especially at the time of gestation and childhood. “During the months which separate the Annunciation from the Nativity, Jesus lives literally from the life of His Mother. The blood which flows in His veins, which makes His heart beat, which brings the increase to His little members, this blood has completely passed through the heart of His Mother; this is the purest blood of the Immaculate Virgin. And after having nourished Jesus, it returns to the heart of Mary, where enriched by new nutritive juices, it returns to Jesus. Is there not, in this uninterrupted exchange, in this vital commerce of every instant between the Creator and one of His creatures, a mystery of divine condescension and a mystery no less astonishing of human elevation? Could God do more to honor a creature, and could a creature do more to serve her God?”
b.) – Mary is also justly called the Spouse of the Word. On the one hand, her exquisite holiness and fullness of grace give her right to this title which all holy souls bear as well. On the other hand, because of her virginity, she can, like all virgins consecrated to God, be called the spouse of Christ. To these two reasons, which apply to everyone, but are applied above all to Mary, it is appropriate to add two others to them, particular to this good mother. The Incarnation being like a spiritual marriage between the Word and human nature, represented by Mary, it is the Virgin herself who consented to this union on the day of the Incarnation. It is therefore she who is the spouse of the Word. Finally, Mary deserves this title still because of her association, as the new Eve, to Christ, the new Adam, in the whole work of reparation.
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Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church, and one of the greatest Mariologists ever. His Marian works have now been translated into English, and you can get them here:
In the meantime, you can read one of his Marian sermons which I translated:
You can click HERE to have a chance of winning the ONLY commentary in English on St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s “True Devotion to Mary”.
St. Lawrence of Brindisi
In 1615, bronze statues of the Virgin and Child were added to this marble column, which came from the Basilica of Constantine in the Roman Forum. This column now stands in the Piazza di Santa Maria Maggiore on the Esquiline Hill.
This is the tomb of St. Joseph Calasanctius in the church of San Pantaleone (Rome).
This inscription, in the French national church San Luigi dei Francesi in Rome reads: “Whoever prays for the King of France gets a 10 day indulgence from Pope Innocent IV.” The rest of the inscription cites the works of St. Thomas Aquinas from which the text was taken. This church also has the first three great religious works of Caravaggio.