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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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Quote/s of the Day – 7 October – Our Lady of the Rosary

Quote/s of the Day – 7 October – Our Lady of the Rosary

Open your petals, like roses planted near running waters…Sirach 39:13
“To discover whether people are of God,
I have found no better way than the following.
Observe whether they say the Hail Mary and the Rosary.”to-discover-whether-people-st-louis-de-montfort-7 oct 2017

“The Rosary is the most powerful weapon
to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer,
who loves His Mother.”the rosary is the most powerful - st louis de montfort 7 oct 2018

THE SEVEN BLESSINGS OF THE ROSARY

“The Rosary, recited with meditation on the mysteries, brings about the following marvellous results:

1. It gradually gives us a perfect knowledge of Jesus Christ;
2. It purifies our souls, washing away sin;
3. It gives us victory over all our enemies;
4. It makes it easy for us to practice virtue;
5. It sets us on fire with love of Our Blessed Lord;
6. It enriches us with graces and merits;
7. It supplies us with what is needed to pay,
all our debts to God and to our fellow men
and finally, it obtains all kinds of graces for us from Almighty God.”

St Louis Marie Grignion De Montfort (1673-1716)the-seven-blessings-of-the-rosary-st-louis-de-montfort-7 oct 2017

“When reciting the Rosary,
the important and meaningful moments
of salvation history are relived.
The various steps of Christ’s mission are traced.
With Mary the heart is oriented
toward the mystery of Jesus.
Christ is put at the centre of our life,
of our time, of our city,
through the contemplation and meditation
of His holy mysteries
of joy, light, sorrow and glory.”

Pope Benedict XVIwhen reciting the rosary - pope benedict - 7 oct 2018

Basilica of Saint Mary Major – Saturday, 3 May 2008

“Mary joins us, she fights at our side.
She supports Christians in the fight
against the forces of evil… through the Rosary.”mary joins us in the fights against evil - opope francis - 7 oct 2018

“Do you pray the Rosary each day?”

Pope Francisdo you pray the rosary each day - pope francis 7 oct 2018

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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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Sunday Reflection – 10 June -Tenth Sunday of the Year B

Sunday Reflection – 10 June -Tenth Sunday of the Year B

“The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass gives boundless honour to the Most Blessed Trinity because it represents the passion of Jesus Christ and because, through the Mass, we offer God the merits of Our Lord’s obedience, of His sufferings and of His Precious Blood.   The whole of the heavenly court also receives an accidental joy from the Mass.

Several doctors of the Church—together with St Thomas Aquinas—tell us that, for the same reason, all the blessed in Heaven rejoice in the communion of the faithful because the Blessed Sacrament, is a memorial of the passion and death of Jesus Chris and that by means of it, men share in its fruits and work out their salvation”

St Louis de Montfort (1673-1716)

“Adore and praise the immense love Jesus has for you in this Sacrament of Himself.
In order not to leave you a lonely orphan in this land of exile and misery, He comes from heaven for you personally, to offer you companionship and consolation.
Thank Him, therefore, with all your love and all your strength;
thank Him in union with all the saints!”…Fr Vincent M Lucia “Come to me”

adore and praise the immense love - for lucia - 10 june 2018 - sunday reflection

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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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Quote/s of the Day – 15 January – The Feast of Our Lady of Banneux – “Speaking of Mary”

Quote/s of the Day – 15 January – The Feast of Our Lady of Banneux – “Speaking of Mary”

“That one woman is both mother and virgin,
not in spirit only but even in body.
In spirit she is mother, not of our Head,
who is our Saviour Himself—of whom all,
even she herself, are rightly called children of the Bridegroom—
but plainly she is the mother of us, who are His members
because by love, she has co-operated, so that the faithful,
who are the members of that Head, might be born in the Church.
In body, indeed, she is the Mother of that very Head”

St Augustine (354-430) Father and Doctor of the Churchthat one woman - st augustine - 15 jan 2018

“Seek refuge in Mary because she is the city of refuge.
We know that Moses set up three cities of refuge
for anyone who inadvertently killed his neighbour.
Now the Lord has established a Refuge of Mercy, Mary,
even for those who deliberately commit evil.
Mary provides shelter and strength for the sinner.”

St Anthony of Padua (1195-1231) Doctor of the Churchseek refuge in mary - st anthony - 15 jan 2018

”Let not that man presume to look for mercy from God,
who offends His Holy Mother!”

St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716)let not that man presume - st louise de montfort - 15 jan 2018

“Just as there is not one among all the Blessed
who loves God as Mary does, so there is no one,
after God, who loves us as much as this most loving Mother does.
Furthermore, if we heaped together
all the love that mothers have for their children,
all the love of husbands and wives,
all the love of all the angels and Saints for their clients,
it could never equal Mary’s love for even a single soul.”

St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church (The Glories of Mary)just as there is not one - 15 jan 2018 - st alphonsus liguori

“Only after the Last Judgment will Mary get any rest;
from now until then, she is much too busy with her children.”

“To serve the Queen of Heaven, is already to reign there
and to live under her commands, is more than to govern.”

St John Marie Baptiste Vianney (1786-1859)only after the last judgment - st john vianney - 15 jan 2018

”To desire grace, without recourse to the Virgin Mother,
is to desire to fly without wings!”

Ven Servant of God Pope Pius XII (1876-1958)to desire grace - ven pope pius XII - 15 jan 2018

“I come to alleviate sufferings….
I am the Virgin of the Poor…..
I am the Mother of the Saviour,
the Mother of God.
Pray very much.”

Our Lady of Banneux 1933I come to alleviate sufferings - our lady of banneux - 15 jan 2018