Wednesday, April 28, 2010

ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT

Today’s saint went throughout France giving parish missions and inviting people to dedicate themselves to Jesus through Mary. Because Jesus took flesh in her womb and came to us through Mary, it is appropriate to go to Jesus through Mary. Reflecting on an excerpt from St. Louis de Montfort’s book “True Devotion to Mary,” let us pray that we may become more like Jesus by imitating Mary. May persecuted Christians in particular be loving and forgiving as Jesus was.

True devotion to Our Lady is holy; that is to say, it leads the soul to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of the Blessed Virgin, particularly her profound humility, her lively faith, her blind obedience, her continual prayer, her universal mortification, her divine purity, her ardent charity, her heroic patience, her angelic sweetness and her divine wisdom. These are the ten principal virtues of the most holy Virgin. ...

All our perfection consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ; and therefore the most perfect of all devotions is, without any doubt, that which the most perfectly conforms, unites and consecrates us to Jesus Christ. Now, Mary being the most conformed of all creatures to Jesus Christ, it follows that, of all devotions, that which most consecrates and conforms the soul to Our Lord is devotion to His holy Mother, and that the more a soul is consecrated to Mary, the more it is consecrated to Jesus. Hence it comes to pass that the most perfect consecration to Jesus Christ is nothing else but a perfect and entire consecration of ourselves to the Blessed Virgin, and this is the devotion which I teach; or, in other words, a perfect renewal of the vows and promises of holy Baptism.


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