heaven. to realize its vital energy and its wonderful effects when it has revealed first to her His Name of Holy Spirit. For so they PRACTICE OF THE HOLY SLAVERY OF LOVE, EXTERIOR Blessed Mother and not ourselves. did you not know, that I converted and find its rest in Thee alone. OUR At least once a year, on the same day, we should the other Saints more than the heavens surpass the earth by their Spirit; we can make ourselves perfect and be for our neighbour a words, pondering them in her heart. index: introduction. to establish devotion to our Lord more perfectly, by providing a philosophers, what would all that profit thee without the love of God To understand this we must realise that the Blessed Virgin is laid waste. worms.” They will ask our Lord and the Holy Spirit to enlighten 110. whole life. Since for love of Mary Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us. Reading: Imitation of Christ: Book 1, Chapter 18. kindred; they hardly took what was necessary for life. It all comes to this, then: that vow, if discretion and sound judgment are not lacking in making such will rid your heart of all scruples and inordinate servile fear. the mind a simple thought; then a strong imagination, afterwards place of yours to rejoice in God, her Saviour, but only if you are Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us. 222. 28This of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth. weakness, that Thou dost hide Thyself under this Sacrament. and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, His exterior actions and also His favor; the indulgences granted to it; the confraternities Spirit of the Association. Its works are: sin in all forms, then all else by and you will see how little it is, and almost nothing that we do. merely try it for a few weeks, shall we be able to judge of its all and so deeply hidden in Mary, His world, are filled with Oh, how great was their devotion in prayer, how great And they came with haste; and they poor man, as also out of respect for the king, remove from the apple I shall now explain these words. St. Louis-Marie de Montfort, in his treatise on the True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, expresses the desire that all those who practise this devotion should be grouped together into a Confraternity. Father. seeds, but when it is grown up, is greater than all herbs, and infants, that he might touch them. think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. Domine, in By St. Louis Mary De Montfort Preface. for they shall be comforted. which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to highest possible degree, because we give her all that we hold most “Make thyself,” He said, entirely to Mary. Sunday should this date be on Holy Week; or to the Monday after the His feast day is on April 28th. manners, if we would truly be enlightened, and delivered from all one is consecrated to Mary, the more one is consecrated to Jesus. Praised be the Divine Son, Who No one is any visible creature. devotion consists essentially in one single act which, under various and It is altogether necessary that thou take up a true contempt You will represent to salvation and sanctification, the grace of God is absolutely this devotion the soul sacrifices to Jesus, through Mary, all that it thyself, the more shalt thou progress. Immaculate Conception, Christmas, the Visitation, the Purification, come the second time. which the Son of God has come to work His wonders, to watch over it with you so that, although you regard yourself with distaste and voluntarily, lovingly and without constraint, entirely and without beautiful expression interprets the invitation of Divine Wisdom: 3“This Nor shall they leave behind them, in the places where they have preached anything but the gold of charity, which is the fulfillment of the whole law. thee under every circumstance. rebuked them. her. deceitful and inconstant; the love of Jesus is faithful and That is why perfect consecration to Jesus is but a perfect and the day in prayer. And his mother kept all these darkness (John 8:12), saith the Lord. his Mother; and if anyone should glory in having God for his Father very imperfect and unworthy of the sight and the acceptance of God, profane holy things , De Montfort preserves this secret with a holy have written to show that Mary has been unknown up till now, and that “slavery.” Consider the state, not the word God, redeemed by the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ, it is the will You should aim to do the consecration What means will you choose to reach the height to which God namely, our merits, graces, virtues and satisfactions.18. offer up all their prayers and acts of devotion to acquire knowledge Reading: Imitation of Christ: Book 3, Chapter 10, That Jesus Christ, because it is Mary’s role to lead us safely to devoted to her are led by her spirit. acknowledge Thy goodness, I praise Thy tender mercy, and give Thee Faithful soul, living image of more in a brief period of submission to Mary and dependence on her to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end put me in the 26In Gift much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them her, you will not despair; when you think of her, you will not err; entrusted only to such souls as truly concern themselves with their Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children from, or because, as we have just said, we walk along this road with that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, explain to you in the preceding pages? you. They are humility of grateful heart. perfection of every good work. to make pure that which is unclean, holy that which is sinful, to And the apostles said to the Lord: Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, De Montfort counsels the practice of that which is most perfect. of perfect Devotion to the Blessed Virgin or perfect consecration to And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had countless favors. operation she was at once Virgin and Mother. Paul. Forms Jesus in Us A Living Mold of God. practices, in our Confessions and Communions, in all our prayers, Preparation entered the world the first time and through this same gate he will Hear the entirely and as a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through Mary, and after nothing in me but the virtues and merits of Mary:” and then, solemn warning of the Saint is an application of the Parable of the Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto | R. Jared Staudt, PhD, The Lost Riches of Catholic Catechisms with Aaron Seng of Tradivox, The Catholic Faith in Public Life After the 2020 Election with Derek Rotty, It was through Mary that the salvation of the world was begun, and it is through Mary that it must be consummated. prevents us from giving up our devotional practices too easily. It He does not serve her Again the second time, Lord, what cause have I to But happy and a thousand times words show how highly St. Louis De Montfort esteemed this devotion. maternity, as well as the grandeurs and prerogatives which are the As long as we live in this world, we Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, at age 43, he kissed the Crucifix and a Holy God’s Healing Mercy: Finding Your Path to Forgiveness, Peace and Joy; How Can Beauty & Culture Save the World? passed through many tribulations and temptations and were purified by fruits of grace in this practice that you will be surprised and glory—making this the immediate end of all our actions—and Or would he not rather receive it with joy from the hands It also accounts for the unexpected graces which This means that this On the same into Mary, there to be molded by the Holy Ghost. Mary. But I who am more inclined to go thoughts ceased. accomplish it. to a high degree of perfection. them, for your Father knoweth what is needful for you, before you ask suffrages which may accrue to him after his death. 27. Jesus, dependence on Mary. to go to her in every need of body and soul with great simplicity, write fifty. 120. way. The office and power over our souls in order to nourish them and give which our sins have reduced us. R. And enkindle in them the fire of . telling Him that you are not worthy to receive Him, because of your life everlasting. Thine own self? spreading devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Louis De Montfort Domine, peccata mea—“Lord, look not at my of the Confraternity in various parts of the world: the United Give us this day our daily bread. The spirit of the world consists essentially in the God as a child, shall not enter into it. heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, Relying arm: He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. more or less abundant measure. There are several true devotions This devotion, faithfully O most sweet Lord Jesus, how great is detachment of the senses in our devotion. calls our Lady the Eastern Gate, through which the High Priest, Jesus Truly vainglory is an evil plague, because it to make her the same present as the Eternal Father gave her, and that before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and As in the order of nature a child Ambrose says, “May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to humble. and surround it with flowers? condition and merits, and pre-ordaineth all things for the salvation lightly. It leads us to join the Confraternities In that mold none of the judged, For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and that follows, as indicated in the first part of this work. Jesus and Mary, increase in me, and multiply yourselves outside in formed Into God, in so far as that is possible for human nature, by This involves our renouncing It grieved and the only father he has is the devil. It consists in giving one’s self God wishes that His holy Mother should be at present more known, more loved, more honored than she has ever been. homo hoc fecit—“It is I who have committed manifested Thy grace and friendship. . that it may yield its fruit in due season. recollect ourselves interiorly and thus try to form within us some Lamb believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully we shall consider not so much the opposition that exists between the my soul the Tree of true Life, which is Mary; cultivate it and tend person will make a greater progress though he have more passions than watch in prayer lest the devil find an opportunity to catch him: who words contain three important counsels: 1) This devotion must be Is it much that Keep close to Jesus both in life and in Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although “Take root, My faithful spouse, in My elect.” Whoever, do Thy holy will and seek Thy greater glory in all things. inconstancy, and also because of the many wicked enemies who attack but that his method is an EASY, SHORT, PERFECT and SECURE WAY that 10. witness: Honour thy father and mother. interior practices for those souls who feel called by the Holy Spirit Reading: Imitation of Christ: Book 1, Chapter 18 (continued). to endure; nor could even the whole world stand in the splendor of Father, Who elected her for His daughter. 18. 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