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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty – 15 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Thirty – 15 November

Third Week

Day 30 of 33

Matthew 27:36-44

Then they sat down and kept watch over him there.   And over his head they put the charge against him, which read, “This is Jesus the King of the Jews.”   Then two robbers were crucified with him, one on the right and one on the left.   And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “You who would destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself!   If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.”   So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others, he cannot save himself.   He is the King of Israel, let him come down now from the cross and we will believe in him.   He trusts in God, let God deliver him now, if he desires him, for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’ ”   And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis:  Book 2, Chapter 12

Of the King’s High Way of the Holy Cross

Unto many this seems a hard saying, “Deny yourself, take up your cross and follow Jesus” (Matt. 16:24).   But much harder will it be to hear that last word, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire” (Matt. 25:41).   For they who now willingly hear and follow the word of the Cross, shall not then fear (Psalm 112:7) to hear the sentence of everlasting damnation.   This sign of the Cross shall be in the heaven, when the Lord shall come to judgement (Matt. 24:30).   Then all the servants of the Cross, who in their life-time conformed themselves unto Christ crucified, shall draw near unto Christ the Judge with great confidence.

Why therefore fear you to take up the Cross which leads you to the kingdom? In the Cross is salvation, in the Cross is life, in the Cross is protection against our enemies, in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the Cross is strength of mind, in the Cross joy of spirit, in the Cross the height of virtue, in the Cross the perfection of holiness.

Take up, therefore, your Cross and follow Jesus (Luke 14:27) and you shall go into life everlasting.

Recite:  Litany of the Holy Spirit, Ave Maris Stella: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/
AND
Litany of the Holy Name and O Jesus Living In Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-third-week-day-twenty-seven-12-november/DAY TWENTY NINE - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION 15 NOV 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty Nine – 14 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty Nine – 14 November

Third Week

Day 29 of 33

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 1

Of the Imitation of Christ and Contempt of all the Vanities of the World

He that follows Me, walks not in darkness (John 8:12), says the Lord.   These are the words of Christ, by which we are admonished, how we ought to imitate His life and manners, if we would truly be enlightened and delivered from all blindness of heart.   Let, therefore, our chief endeavour be, to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ.

The doctrine of Christ exceeds all the doctrine of holy men and he that has the Spirit will find therein the hidden manna (Apocalypse. 2:17).   But it happens that many, who often hear the Gospel of Christ, feel little desire after it, because they have not the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9).   But whosoever will fully and with relish understand the words of Christ, must endeavour to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ.

2. What does it avail you to discourse profoundly of the Trinity, if you be void of humility and are thereby displeasing to the Trinity?   Surely profound words do not make a man holy and a just and a virtuous life makes him dear to God.   I had rather feel contrition, than know the definition thereof.   If you did know the whole Bible by heart and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would all that profit you without the love of God (1 Cor. 13:2) and without His grace?

Vanity of vanities and all is vanity (Eccles. 1:2), except to love God and to serve Him only. This is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the world, to press forward towards heavenly kingdoms.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Ave Maris Stella: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/
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Litany of the Holy Name and O Jesus Living In Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-third-week-day-twenty-seven-12-november/ DAY TWENTY NINE - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION 14 NOV 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty-Eight – 13 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty-Eight – 13 November

Third Week

Day 28 of 33

Matthew 26:1, 26-29, 36-46

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples:  You know that after two days shall be the pasch and the son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified…

…And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread and blessed, and broke it and gave to his disciples and said:  Take and eat.   This is my body.   And taking the chalice, he gave thanks and gave to them, saying:   Drink all of this  . For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins.   And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father…

…Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani and he said to his disciples:  Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray.   And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad.   Then he said to them:  My soul is sorrowful even unto death, remain here and watch with me.   And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying and s aying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me.   Nevertheless not as I will but as thou will.   And he came to his disciples and found them asleep and he said to Peter:  What?   Could you not watch one hour with me?   Watch and pray that you enter not into temptation.   The spirit indeed is willing but the flesh weak.   Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying:  My Father, if this chalice may not pass away but I must drink it, thy will be done. And he came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy.  And leaving them, he went again and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word.   Then he came to his disciples and said to them, Sleep now and take your rest, for behold the hour is at hand and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners.   Rise, let us go, behold he is at hand, that will betray me.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Ave Maris Stella: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/
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Litany of the Holy Name and O Jesus Living In Mary:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/12/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-third-week-day-twenty-seven-12-november/DAY TWENTY-EIGHT - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION 13 NOV 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty Seven – 12 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Third Week – Day Twenty Seven – 12 NovemberDAY TWENTY SEVEN - THIRD WEEK - TOTAL CONSECRATION 12 NOV 2018

Third Week

Day 27 of 33

Theme for the Week: Knowledge Of Jesus Christ

During this period we shall apply ourselves to the study of Jesus Christ.   What is to be studied in Christ?   First the God-Man, His grace and glory;  then His rights to sovereign dominion over us, since, after having renounced Satan and the world, we have taken Jesus Christ for our Lord.   What next shall be the object of our study?   His exterior actions and also His interior life, namely, the virtues and acts of His Sacred Heart, His association with Mary in the mysteries of the Annunciation and Incarnation, during His infancy and hidden life, at the feast of Cana and on Calvary.

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary:  Nos. 61-62

61.   Jesus, our Saviour, true God and true man must be the ultimate end of all our other devotions, otherwise they would be false and misleading.   He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and end of everything.   “We labour,” says St Paul, “only to make all men perfect in Jesus Christ.”   For in Him alone dwells the entire fullness of the divinity and the complete fullness of grace, virtue and perfection.   In Him alone we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing, He is the only teacher from whom we must learn, the only Lord on whom we should depend, the only Head to whom we should be united and the only model that we should imitate.   He is the only Physician that can heal us, the only Shepherd that can feed us, the only Way that can lead us, the only Truth that we can believe, the only Life that can animate us.   He alone is everything to us and He alone can satisfy all our desires.   We are given no other name under heaven by which we can be saved.   God has laid no other foundation for our salvation, perfection and glory than Jesus.   Every edifice which is not built on that firm rock, is founded upon shifting sands and will certainly fall sooner or later.   Through Him, with Him and in Him, we can do all things and render all honour and glory to the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, we can make ourselves perfect and be for our neighbour a fragrance of eternal life.

62.   If then we are establishing sound devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only in order to establish devotion to our Lord more perfectly, by providing a smooth but certain way of reaching Jesus Christ.   If devotion to our Lady distracted us from our Lord, we would have to reject it as an illusion of the devil.   But this is far from being the case.   As I have already shown and will show again later on, this devotion is necessary, simply and solely because it is a way of reaching Jesus perfectly, loving Him tenderly and serving Him faithfully.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Ave Maris Stella: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/
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Litany of the Holy Name and O Jesus Living In Mary:   See below

Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendour of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us. Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, model of virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, master of Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, teacher of Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all saints, have mercy on us.
Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus.
From all evil, Jesus, deliver us.
From all sin, Jesus, deliver us.
From Thy wrath, Jesus, deliver us.
From the snares of the devil, Jesus, deliver us.
From the spirit of fornication, Jesus, deliver us.
From everlasting death, Jesus, deliver us.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, Jesus, deliver us.
Through the mystery of Your holy Incarnation, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your nativity, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your infancy, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your most divine life, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your labours, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your agony and Passion, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your cross and dereliction, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your sufferings, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your death and burial, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your Resurrection, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your Ascension, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your institution of the most Holy Eucharist, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your joys, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Your glory, Jesus, deliver us.

Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, hear us, Jesus, graciously hear us.
Let us Pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who has said:  Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you; grant, we beseech You, to us who ask the gift of Your divine love, that we may ever love You with all our hearts and in all our words and actions and never cease from praising You.
Give us, O Lord, a perpetual fear and love of Your holy Name; for You never fail to govern those whom You solidly establish in Your love, Who lives and reigns world without end.
R. Amen

O Jesus Living in Mary

O Jesus living in Mary,
Come and live in Your servants,
In the spirit of Your holiness,
In the fullness of Your might,
In the truth of Your virtues,
In the perfection of Your ways,
In the communion of Your mysteries;
Subdue every hostile power
In Your Spirit, for the glory of the Father.
Amen.o jesus living in mary by st louis de montfort for total consecration - 12 nov 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Six – 11 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Six – 11 November

Second Week

Day 26 of 33

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 12-38

“If you wish to understand the Mother,” says a saint, “then understand the Son.   She is a worthy Mother of God.”    Hic taceat omnis lingua : Here let every tongue be silent.   My heart has dictated with special joy all that I have written to show that Mary has been unknown up till now and that, that is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ is not known as He should be.   If then, as is certain, the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ must come into the world, it can only be as a necessary consequence of the knowledge and reign of Mary.   She who first gave Him to the world, will establish His kingdom in the world.

With the whole Church, I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, compared to His infinite majesty, less than an atom, or rather is simply nothing, since He alone can say, “I am he who is”.   Consequently, this great Lord, who is ever independent and self-sufficient, never had and does not now have, any absolute need of the Blessed Virgin for the accomplishment of His will and the manifestation of His glory.   To do all things He has only to will them.   However, I declare that, considering things as they are, because God has decided to begin and accomplish His greatest works through the Blessed Virgin, ever since He created her, we can safely believe that He will not change His plan in the time to come, for He is God and, therefore, does not change in His thoughts or His way of acting.

Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth, by grace, as Jesus is king by nature and by conquest.   But as the kingdom of Jesus Christ exists primarily in the heart or interior of man, according to the words of the Gospel, “The kingdom of God is within you”, so the kingdom of the Blessed Virgin is principally in the interior of man, that is, in his soul.   It is principally in souls that she is glorified with her Son more than in any visible creature. So we may call her, as the saints do, Queen of our hearts.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ave Maris Stella:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/ and the RosaryDAY TWENTY-SIX SECOND WEEK- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT11 NOV 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Five – 10 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Five – 10 November

Second Week

Day 25 of 33

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 213-225
Wonderful Effects of this Devotion

213. My dear friend, be sure that if you remain faithful to the interior and exterior practices of this devotion which I will point out, the following effects will be produced in your soul:

1. Knowledge of our unworthiness
By the light which the Holy Spirit will give you through Mary, His faithful spouse, you will perceive the evil inclinations of your fallen nature and how incapable you are of any good.   Finally, the humble Virgin Mary will share her humility with you so that, although you regard yourself with distaste and desire to be disregarded by others, you will not look down slightingly upon anyone.

2. A share in Mary’s faith
214. Mary will share her faith with you.   Her faith on earth was stronger than that of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles and saints.

3. The gift of pure love
215. The Mother of fair love will rid your heart of all scruples and inordinate servile fear.

4. Great confidence in God and in Mary
216. Our Blessed Lady will fill you with unbounded confidence in God and in herself – Because you will no longer approach Jesus by yourself but always through Mary, your loving Mother.

5. Communication of the spirit of Mary
217. The soul of Mary will be communicated to you to glorify the Lord.   Her spirit will take the place of yours to rejoice in God, her Saviour but only if you are faithful to the practices of this devotion.

6. Transformation into the likeness of Jesus
218. If Mary, the Tree of Life, is well cultivated in our soul by fidelity to this devotion, she will in due time bring forth her fruit which is none other than Jesus.

7. The greater glory of Christ
222. If you live this devotion sincerely, you will give more glory to Jesus in a month than in many years of a more demanding devotion.

Recite:  Litany of the Holy Spirit, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ave Maris Stella:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary: https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/ and the RosaryDAY TWENTY-FIVE SECOND WEEK- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT10 NOV 2018

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Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Four – 9 November

Saint Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary – Second Week – Day Twenty Four – 9 November

Second Week

Day 24 of 33

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, No. 152-164

This devotion is a smooth, short, perfect and sure way of attaining union with our Lord, in which Christian perfection consists.
(a) This devotion is a smooth way:   It is the path which Jesus Christ opened up in coming to us and in which there is no obstruction to prevent us reaching Him.   It is quite true that we can attain to divine union by other roads but these involve many more crosses and exceptional setbacks and many difficulties that we cannot easily overcome.
(b) This devotion is a short way to discover Jesus:   either because it is a road we do not wander from, or because, as we have just said, we walk along this road with greater ease and joy and consequently with greater speed.   We advance more in a brief period of submission to Mary and dependence on her, than in whole years of self-will and self-reliance.
(c) This devotion is a perfect way to reach our Lord and be united to Him:   for Mary is the most perfect and the most holy of all creatures and Jesus, who came to us in a perfect manner, chose no other road for His great and wonderful journey.   The Most High, the Incomprehensible One, the Inaccessible One, He who is, deigned to come down to us poor earthly creatures who are nothing at all.   How was this done?   The Most High God came down to us in a perfect way through the humble Virgin Mary, without losing anything of His divinity or holiness.   It is likewise through Mary that we poor creatures must ascend to almighty God in a perfect manner without having anything to fear.
(d) This devotion to our Lady is a sure way to go to Jesus:  and to acquire holiness through union with Him.   The devotion which I teach is not new.   Indeed it could not be condemned without overthrowing the foundations of Christianity.   It is obvious then that this devotion is not new.   If it is not commonly practised, the reason is that it is too sublime to be appreciated and undertaken by everyone.   This devotion is a safe means of going to Jesus Christ, because it is Mary’s role to lead us safely to her Son.

Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit, Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Ave Maris Stella: 
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/10/29/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-first-week-day-thirteen-29-october/

St Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2018/11/05/saint-louis-marie-de-montforts-total-consecration-to-jesus-through-mary-second-week-day-twenty-5-november/ and the RosaryDAY TWENTY-FOUR SECOND WEEK- TOTAL CONSECRATION - ST LOUIS DE MONTFORT 9 NOV 2018