Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Saint Louis Marie De Montfort

Today, the servants of Christ and His Mother honour the life of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort. A much forgotten saint, but one who has had considerable influence on the spiritual lives of recent Pontiffs and on my own. His love for Jesus, all through the Mother of God, shone through his writings, inspiring all who are blessed to read them, to approach with confidence the New Eve, Mary Immaculate. I wish to share with you some of his sayings:

"If you put all the love of all the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children."

“We fasten our souls to Your hope, as to an abiding anchor. It is to Her that the saints who have saved themselves have been the most attached and have done their best to attach others, in order to persevere in virtue. Happy, then, a thousand times happy, are the Christians who are now fastened faithfully and entirely to Her, as to a firm anchor!”

''[Mary] is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus and will surrender themselves to her, body and soul, without reserve in order to belong entirely to Jesus.''

His Holiness Pope Venerable John Paul II wrote in Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae concerning devotion to the spotless Virgin:

“Our entire perfection consists in being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus Christ. Hence the most perfect of all devotions is undoubtedly that which conforms, unites and consecrates us most perfectly to Jesus Christ.
Now, since Mary is 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."

Let us then take up this exhortation and fly to the refuge of sinners, the Holy Virgin who will guard us from all error and corruption and lead us to her Son who is the Way to the Father.
Let the faithful praise the name of Mary, for the greater glory of God.

Ad Jesum Per Mariam

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