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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Five – 21 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary –

Day Five – 21 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 5 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 3, Chapter 40

Wherefore but I did know well, how to cast from me all human comfort, either for the sake of devotion, or through the necessity by which I am compelled to seek You, because there is no man that can comfort me.   Then might I deservedly hope in Your favour and rejoice in the gift of a new consolation.   Thanks be to You from Whom all things proceed, as often as it happens to me.   I, indeed, am but vanity and nothing in Your sight , an inconstant and weak man.   Where, therefore, can I glory, or for what do I desire to be thought of highly?
Because of my very nothingness and this is most vain.   Truly pride is an evil plague, because it draws away from true glory and robs us of heavenly grace.   For, while a man takes complacency in himself, he displeases You, while he wants for human applause, he is deprived of true virtues.   But true, glory and holy exultation is to glory in You and not in one’s self;  to rejoice in Your Name but not in one’s own strength.   To find pleasure in no creature, save only for Your sake.   Let Your Name be praised, not mine, let Your work be magnified, not mine,  let Your Holy Name be blessed but let nothing be attributed to me of the praise of men.   You are my glory;  You are the exultation of my heart;   in You, will I glory and rejoice all the day;  but for myself, I will glory in nothing but in my infirmities.

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat, and Glory Be (See See HERE: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )

DAY FIVE- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 21 oct 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Four – 20 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Four – 20 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 4 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:   Book 3, Chapters 7, 40

That man has no good of himself and that he cannot glory in anything Lord, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him;  or the son of man, that Thou visit him?   What has man deserved that Thou should give him grace?   Lord, what cause have I to complain, if Thou forsake me, or what can I justly allege, if what I petition Thou shalt not grant?
This most assuredly, I may truly think and say – Lord I am nothing, I can do nothing of myself, that is good but I am in all things defective and ever tend to nothing.   And unless I am assisted and interiorly instructed by Thee, I become wholly tepid and relaxed but Thou, O Lord, are always the same and endure unto eternity, ever good, just and holy, doing all things well, justly and holy and disposing them in wisdom.

But I who am more inclined to go back, than to go forward, continue not always in one state, for I am changed, seven different times.   But it quickly becomes better when it pleases Thee and Thou stretch out Thy helping hand, for Thou alone, without man’s aid can assist me and so strengthen me, that my countenance shall be more diversely changed but my heart be converted and find its rest in Thee alone.

He who would be too secure in time of peace will often be found too much dejected in time of war.   If you could always continue to be humble and little in your own eyes and keep your spirit in due order and subjection, you would not fall so easily into danger and offence.   It is good counsel that, when you have conceived the spirit of fervour, you should meditate how it will be when that light shall be withdrawn.

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat, and Glory Be ( See HERE: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )DAY FOUR- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 20 oct 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Three – 19 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Three – 19 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 3 of 33

Matthew 7:1-14

Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.
Do not give what is holy to dogs,* or throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.g
Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread,*
or a snake when he asks for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him.
Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the law and the prophets.
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.

DAY TWO - TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 19 oct 2018

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day Two 18 October

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary

– Day Two 18 October

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation

Day 2 of 33

Matthew 5:48, 6:1-15

Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect…Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them, otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven.   Therefore, when you give an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men.   Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing.   That your alms may be in secret and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, that love to stand and pray in the synagogues and corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.   Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.   But you when you shall pray, enter into your chamber and having shut the door, pray to your Father in secret and your Father who sees in secret will repay you. And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens.   For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard.   Be not you, therefore, like to them, for your Father knows what is needful for you, before you ask him. Thus, therefore, shall you pray: 

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread.   And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive our debtors.   And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.   But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your
offences.

Recite: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be
(See HERE:   https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/17/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-day-one-17-october/ )DAY TWO - TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 18 oct 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Day One 17 October

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Now begins the 33-day period of exercises.   St Louis-Marie breaks these days into sections of days, each section having its own prayers and each particular day having its own brief readings with which to fill the mind for that day (the readings come from Sacred Scripture, “The Imitation of Christ” and “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
Mary”).   Don’t just read the readings, internalise them;  don’t let your lips just mouth the prayers, truly pray them.
First comes a 12-day preparation period that consists of emptying oneself of the spirit of the world in penance and mortification.   For those 12 days, we pray the Veni Creator, the Ave Maris Stella, the Magnificat and the Glory Be.
Then follow 3 weeks, each week having a specific focus.
The first week focuses on offering up our prayers and devotions for the purpose of coming to understand ourselves and our sins;  humility is the key and the prayers help us.
During the second week, we ask the Holy Spirit to help us better understand the Blessed Virgin;  we pray the Litany of the Holy Ghost, the Litany of Loreto, the Ave Maris Stellis, the prayer to Mary by St Louis-Marie and 5 decades of the Holy Rosary each day for assistance.
During the third week, we seek to better understand Christ through meditation and the Litany of the Holy Ghost, the Ave Maris Stella and the Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus, Montfort’s prayer to Jesus, and the prayer O Jesus Living in Mary.DAY ONE- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 17 oct 2018

Readings and Prayers

12 Day Preparation
Day 1 of 33

Matthew 5:1-19
And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him.   And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.   Blessed are the meek:  for they shall possess the land.   Blessed are they that mourn:  for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice:  for they shall have their fill.   Blessed are the merciful:  for they shall obtain mercy.   Blessed are the clean of heart:  for they shall see God  . Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called children of God.   Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice’ sake:  for theirs is the kingdom
of heaven.   Blessed are ye when they shall revile you and persecute you and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:  Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven.   For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.   You are the salt of the earth.   But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted?   It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out and to be trodden on by men.   You are the light of the world.   A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.   Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.   So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.   Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or
the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.   For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled.   He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.   But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

Recite:   Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat and Glory Be (below)

Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement of your own will;  mortification, purity of heart.   This purity is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light of faith.   The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ.   The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God;  a denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience;  thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ, which is also that of Mary.

It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life and by disobedience to God’s laws and the abuse of created things.  Its works are – sin in all forms, then all else by which the devil leads to sin;  works which bring error and darkness to the mind and seduction and corruption to the will.   Its pomps are the splendour and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places and things.

Prayers of the Preparatory Period

Veni Creator

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God’s hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.
Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o’erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.
Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.
Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven.
Amen

Ave Maris Stella

Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God’s own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav’nly rest.
Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve’s name.
Break the sinners’ fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.
Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.
Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.
Praise to God the Father,
honour to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one.
Amen

Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord.
And my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
Because He has regarded the humility of His handmaid;
for behold, from henceforth
all generations shall call me blessed.
He that is mighty has done great
things to me and holy is His name.
And His mercy is from
generation to generations,
to those that fear Him.
He hsh showed might in His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones;
and has exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has received Israel His servant,
being mindful of His mercy.
As He spoke to our fathers, to
Abraham and to his seed forever.
Amen

Glory Be

Glory be to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now
and ever shall be, world without end.
Amen

hail o star of the ocean - ave maris stella - 18 oct 2018

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Thought for the day – 7 October – 33 Day Consecration by St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

Thought for the day – 7 October – The Memorial of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
33 Day Consecration by St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort

St Thomas Aquinas assures us that, “following the order established by His divine Wisdom, God ordinarily imparts His graces to men through Mary.   Therefore, if we wish to go to Him, seeking union with Him, we must use the same means which He used in coming down from heaven to assume our human nature and to impart His graces to us. That means, was a complete dependence on Mary His Mother, which is true devotion to her.”

St Louis de Montfort recommends consecrating yourself on one of Mary’s Feast days.
Here is a typical list using the 33-day preparation method, set out for us by St Louis.   The method includes daily prayer, meditation and a daily Rosary of course.
Many of us have done this a few times perhaps, before but as the Holy Father has recently requested us all to pray to our Mother, most especially for the Church and for the whole world, this might be a good time to reconsecrate ourselves to her!
I am thinking 17 October – 19 November, the Memorial of Our Lady of Divine Providence.   Will you join me?MY 33 DAY CONSECRATION CHART.jpg

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Pray for Us!our-lady-of-the-rosary-pray-for-us-7 oct 2017.2

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Open House… Conversations with … St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

Open House… Conversations with …
St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

On The Memorial of St Simón de Rojas O.SS. (1552-1624) known as “Father Ave Maria” and the “Apostle of the Ave Maria”, we learn a little from St Louis.

How do I find the Grace of God?

TO FIND THE GRACE OF GOD, WE MUST DISCOVER MARY
(Excerpt from The Secret of Mary by St Louis Marie de Montfort)

The difficulty, then, is how to arrive at the true knowledge of the most holy Virgin and so find grace in abundance through her.   God, as the absolute Master, can give directly Hhat he ordinarily dispenses only through Mary and it would be rash to deny that He sometimes does so.   However, St Thomas assures us that, following the order established by His divine Wisdom, God ordinarily imparts His graces to men through Mary  . Therefore, if we wish to go to Him, seeking union with Him, we must use the same means which He used in coming down from heaven to assume our human nature and to impart His graces to us.   That means was a complete dependence on Mary His Mother, which is true devotion to her.

28. Chosen soul, this devotion consists in surrendering oneself in the manner of a slave to Mary and to Jesus through her and then performing all our actions with Mary, in Mary, through Mary and for Mary.   Let me explain this statement further.

29. We should choose a special feast day on which to give ourselves.   Then, willingly and lovingly and under no constraint, we consecrate and sacrifice to her unreservedly our body and soul.   We give to her our material possessions, such as house, family, income, and even the inner possessions of our soul, namely, our merits, graces, virtues and atonements.   Notice that in this devotion we sacrifice to Jesus through Mary all that is most dear to us, that is, the right to dispose of ourselves, of the value of our prayers and alms, of our acts of self- denial and atonements.   This is a sacrifice which no religious order would require of its members.   We leave everything to the free disposal of our Lady, for her to use as she wills for the greater glory of God, of which she alone is perfectly aware.

30. We leave to her the right to dispose of all the satisfactory and prayer value of our good deeds, so that, after having done so and without going so far as making a vow, we cease to be master over any good we do.   Our Lady may use our good deeds either to bring relief or deliverance to a soul in purgatory, or perhaps to bring a change of heart to a poor sinner.

31. By this devotion we place our merits in the hands of our Lady but only that she may preserve, increase and embellish them, since merit for increase of grace and glory cannot be handed over to any other person.   But we give to her all our prayers and good works, inasmuch as they have intercessory and atonement value, for her to distribute and apply to whom she pleases.   If, after having thus consecrated ourselves to our Lady, we wish to help a soul in purgatory, rescue a sinner, or assist a friend by a prayer, an alms, an act of self-denial or an act of self-sacrifice, we must humbly request it of our Lady, abiding always by her decision, which of course remains unknown to us.   We can be fully convinced that the value of our actions, being dispensed by that same hand which God himself uses to distribute His gifts and graces to us, cannot fail to be applied for His greatest glory.

Act of Consecration to Mary
By St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

I, N…., a faithless sinner-
renew and ratify today in thy hands,
Immaculate Mother, the vows of my Baptism;
I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works,
and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom,
to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life
and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before.
In the presence of all the heavenly court,
I choose thee this day, for my Mother and Mistress.
I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave,
my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior
and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future,
leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me
and all that belongs to me, without exception,
according to thy good pleasure,
for the greater glory of God, in time and in eternity.
Amenact of consecration to mary by st louis de montfort - open house conversations with - how to become a slave of mary - 28 sept 2018

“One cannot contemplate Mary
without being attracted by Christ
and one cannot look at Christ
without immediately perceiving
the presence of Mary.”

Pope Benedict XVIone cannot contemplate mary - pope benedict - open house conversations with st louis de montfort - the secret of mary - 28 sept 2018

“Those who would receive Christ and bring Him forth must become like her . . .
her soul was virginal, so well cut loose from everything of earth,
so humble before God, that He could wholly fill her.”

(D Aemiliana Löhr, The Mass Through the Year)

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Thought for the day – 28 April – Saturday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and The Memorial of St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

Thought for the day – 28 April – Saturday of the Fourth Week of Eastertide and The Memorial of St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

Louis’s life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary and the Holy Rosary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the Church. Totus tuus (“completely yours”) was Louis’s prayer; Pope John Paul II chose it as his episcopal motto.

Like Mary, Louis experienced challenges in his efforts to follow Jesus.   Opposed at times in his preaching and in his other ministries, Louis knew with Saint Paul, “Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything but only God, who causes the growth” (1 Corinthians 3:7).
Any attempt to succeed by worldly standards runs the risk of betraying the Good News of Jesus.
Mary is “the first and most perfect disciple” and following her example is a foolproof way to holiness and to God.

St Louis de Montfort, Pray for us!st louis de montfort - pray for us - 28 april 2018

Mary, Mother of God, Mater Ecclesiae, Pray for us!holy mary mother of god pray for us - 9 jan 2018

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Saint of the Day – 28 April – St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)

Saint of the Day – 28 April – St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716) Priest, Founder, Confessor, Writer,  Poet, Apostle of the Holy Eucharist and Adoration, Apostle of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Apostle of the Holy Rosary, Preacher, Missionary Apostolic.   St Louis was born on 31 January 1673 at Montfort-La-Cane, Brittany, France – he Died on 28 April 1716 at Saint-Laurent-sur-Sovre, France of natural causes.   He was Canonised on 20 July 1947 by Pope Pius XII.   Patronages: preachers,  Brothers of Saint Gabriel,  Company of Mary, Daughters of Divine Wisdom.

St Louis was known in his time as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI.   As well as preaching, he found time to write a number of books which went on to become classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes.   He is particularly renowned for his great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the practice of praying the Rosary.   He is considered as one of the forerunner writers in the field of Mariology.   His most notable works regarding Marian devotions are contained in The Secret of Mary and the True Devotion to Mary.   A “founders statue” created by Giacomo Parisini is located in an upper niche of the south nave of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

Today the universal Church celebrates the feast day of Louis-Marie de Monfort, a 17th century saint who is revered for his intense devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

St Louis Marie is perhaps most famously known for his prayer of entrustment to Our Lady, “Totus Tuus ego sum,” which means, “I am all yours.”   The St Pope John Paul II took the phrase “Totus Tuus” as his episcopal motto.

Born in Montfort, Brittany, on 31 January 1673, St Louis Marie possessed a strong devotion to the Blessed Sacrament as a child and was also intimately devoted to the Blessed Virgin, especially through the Rosary.   He took the name Marie at his confirmation.

He was ordained a priest in June 1700 and assigned to Nantes.   His great desire was to go to the foreign missions, preferably to the new French colony of Canada but his spiritual director advised against it.   His letters of this period show that he felt frustrated from the lack of opportunity to preach as he felt he was called to do.

In November 1700 he joined the Third Order of the Dominicans and asked permission not only to preach the rosary but also to form rosary confraternities.   He began to consider the formation of a small company of priests to preach missions and retreats under the standard and protection of the Blessed Virgin.   This eventually led to the formation of the Company of Mary.   At around this time, he first met Blessed Marie Louise Trichet (1684-1759) when he was appointed the chaplain of the hospital of Poitiers.   That meeting became the beginning of Blessed Marie Louise’s thirty-four years of service to the poor.

He set off to make a pilgrimage to Rome, to ask Pope Clement XI, what he should do. The Pope recognised his real vocation and, telling him that there was plenty of scope for its exercise in France, sent him back with the title of Apostolic Missionary.   On his return from his long pilgrimage to Rome, Montfort made a retreat at Mont Saint Michel “to pray to this archangel to obtain from him the grace to win souls for God, to confirm those already in God’s grace, and to fight Satan and sin”.   These occasions gave him time to think, contemplate and write.

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For several years he preached in missions from Brittany to Nantes.   As his reputation as a missioner grew, he became known as “the good Father from Montfort”.

He left Nantes and the next several years were extraordinarily busy for him.   He was constantly occupied in preaching missions, always walking between one and another. Yet he found time also to write – his True Devotion to Mary, The Secret of Mary and the Secret of the Rosary, rules for the Company of Mary and the Daughters of Wisdom and many Hymns.   His missions made a great impact, especially in the Vendée.   The heated style of his preaching was regarded by some people as somewhat strange and he was poisoned once.   Although it did not prove fatal, it caused his health to deteriorate. Yet he continued, undeterred.   He went on preaching and established free schools for the poor boys and girls.

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Daughters of Wisdom
The bishop of La Rochelle had been impressed with Montfort for some time and invited him to open a school there.   Montfort enlisted the help of his follower Marie Louise Trichet who was then running the General Hospital in Poitiers.   In 1715 Marie Louise and Catherine Brunet left Poitiers for La Rochelle to open the school there and in a short time it had 400 students.  On 22 August 1715, Trichet and Brunet, along with Marie Valleau and Marie Régnier from La Rochelle received the approbation of Bishop de Champflour of La Rochelle to make their religious profession under the direction of Montfort.   At the ceremony Montfort told them:  “Call yourselves the Daughters of Wisdom for the teaching of children and the care of the poor.”   The Daughters of Wisdom grew into an international Order and the placing of Montfort’s founders statue in Saint Peter’s Basilica was based on that Order.

Death and burial
Worn out by hard work and sickness, he finally came in April 1716 to Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre to begin the mission which was to be his last.   During it, he fell ill and died on 28 April of that year.   He was 43 years old and had been a priest for only 16 years.   His last sermon was on the tenderness of Jesus and the Incarnate Wisdom of the Father. Thousands gathered for his burial in the parish church and very quickly there were stories of miracles performed at his tomb.   Exactly 43 years later, on 28 April 1759, Marie Louise Trichet also died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre and was buried next to Montfort.   On 19 September 1996, St Pope John Paul II (who beatified Trichet) came to the same site to meditate and pray at their adjacent tombs.

Detail of the wax reclining of Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Spirituality
“God Alone”:   was the motto of Saint Louis and is repeated over 150 times in his writings.
The Incarnation:  “The Incarnation of the Word is for him the absolute central reality.”
Love of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Fidelity to the Cross
Missionary Zeal

Total Consecration to Mary
In Montfort’s approach to Marian consecration, Jesus and Mary are inseparable.   He views “consecration to Jesus in Mary” as a special path to being conformed to, united and consecrated to Christ, given that:

” …of all creatures the one most conformed to Jesus Christ, it follows that among all devotions that which most consecrates and conforms a soul to our Lord is devotion to Mary, His Holy Mother and that the more a soul is consecrated to her, the more will it be consecrated to Jesus Christ.”

“God the Father made an assemblage of all the waters and He named it the sea.      He has made an assemblage of all His graces and He has called it Mary.”

Louis de Montfort influenced a number of popes
In the 19th century, Pope Pius IX considered it the best and most acceptable form of Marian devotion, while Pope Leo XIII granted indulgences for practicing Montfort’s method of Marian consecration.   Leo beatified Montfort in 1888, selecting for Montfort’s beatification the day of his own Golden Jubilee as a priest.
In the 20th century St Pope Pius X acknowledged the influence of Montfort’s writings in the composition of his encyclical Ad diem illum.
Pope Pius XI stated that he had practised Montfort’s devotional methods since his early youth.   Pope Pius XII declared Montfort a saint and stated that Montfort is the guide “who leads you to Mary and from Mary to Jesus.”
St Pope John Paul II once recalled how as a young seminarian he “read and reread many times and with great spiritual profit” a work of de Montfort and that:  “Then I understood that I could not exclude the Lord’s Mother from my life without neglecting the will of God-Trinity.”   According to his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the pontiff’s personal motto was “Totus Tuus.”   The thoughts, writings, and example of St Louis de Montfort were also singled out by St Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Redemptoris Mater as a distinctive witness of Marian spirituality in the Roman Catholic tradition

While the saint is best known for his spiritual writings, he was also a poet and during his missions managed to compose more than 20,000 verses of hymns.    Montfort’s hymns and canticles were, for the most part, meant to be sung in village churches and in the homes of the poor.   Some authors argue that a reading of Saint Louis’s hymns is essential for an understanding of him as a man and for appreciating his approach to spirituality. He is also said to have carved at least three statues depicting the Madonna and Child.

St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, Pray for us!

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