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Total Consecration

to Jesus through Mary

Thirty-three days preparation according
Sa int Lou is-Marie de Montfort

Day of consecration Personal Notes

To begin, choose the date of a Marian Feast on which to make the consecration. Which-
ever Feast you choose will determine the date to begin a 33-day period of spiritual prep-
aration, i.e., you follow spiritual exercises for 33 days, and the next day will be the Mar-
ian Feast on which you consecrate yourself.
Below is a list of Marian Feasts which are the same on both the traditional and Novus
Ordo calendars:

Starting Day Major Marian Feast Consecration Date
of Consecration
9 January Our Lady of Lourdes 11 February
20 February The Annunciation 25 March
(Leap Year:
21 February)
13 June Our Lady of Mount Carmel 16 July
13 July The Assumption 15 August
6 August Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary 8 September
13 August Our Lady of Sorrows 15 September
19 October Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary 21 November
5 November Immaculate Conception 8 December
9 November Our Lady of Guadalupe 12 December

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Personal Notes Begin the thirty-three Day Preparation for Consecration
Now begins the 33-day period of exercises. St. Louis-Marie breaks these days into sec-
tions of days, each section having its own prayers, and each particular day having its
own brief readings with which to fill the mind for that day (the readings come from Sa-
cred Scripture, "The Imitation of Christ," and "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin
Mary"). Don't just read the readings, internalize them; don't let your lips just mouth the
prayers, truly pray them.
First comes a 12-day preparation period that consists of emptying oneself of the spirit of
the world in penance and mortification. For those 12 days, we pray the V eni Creator, the
Ave Maris Stella, the Magnificat, and the Glory Be. Then follow 3 weeks, each week
having a specific focus.
The first week focuses on offering up our prayers and devotions for the purpose of com-
ing to understand ourselves and our sins; humility is the key, and the prayers the Litany
of the Holy Spirit, the Litany of Loreto, and the A ve Maris Stella help us.
During the second week, we ask the Holy Spirit to help us better understand the Blessed
Virgin; we pray the Litany of the Holy Spirit, the Litany of Loreto, the A ve Maris Stel-
lis, the prayer to Mary by St. Louis-Marie, and 5 decades of the Holy Rosary each day
for assistance.
During the third week, we seek to better understand Christ through meditation and the
Litany of the Holy Spirit, the A ve Maris Stella, and the Litany of the Holy Name of Je-
sus, Montfort's prayer to Jesus, and the prayer O Jesus Living in Mary.

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Personal Notes Readings for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort's Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary 4 57 .

for so men perse- cuted the prophets who were before you. And he opened his mouth and taught them. Recite: Veni Creator. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so. he went up on the mountain. I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. Let your light so shine before men. “Blessed are the merciful. for they shall be comforted. for they shall be satisfied. saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit. Magnificat. Ave Maris Stella. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness. shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake. Rejoice and be glad. but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. but if salt has lost its taste. and when he sat down his disciples came to him. for they shall be called sons of God. will pass from the law until all is accomplished. “You are the light of the world. for they shall see God.Personal Notes Twelve Day of Preparation Day 1 The Gospel of Matthew 5:1-19 The Beatitudes Seeing the crowds. “Blessed are the peacemakers. but on a stand. and Glory Be 56 5 . “Blessed are the pure in heart. how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men. till heaven and earth pass away. “Blessed are those who mourn. for they shall inherit the earth. Salt and Light “You are the salt of the earth. For truly. “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. “Blessed are the meek. for your reward is great in heaven. and it gives light to all in the house. that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The Law and the Prophets “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets. I say to you. not a dot. not an iota. for they shall obtain mercy.

I say to you. But when you pray. for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. therefore. For if you forgive men their trespasses. and Glory Be 6 55 . that they may be praised by men. “Thus. they have their reward. and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. Thy will be done. And lead us not into temptation. for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners. but if you do not forgive men their trespasses. that they may be seen by men. Do not be like them. sound no trumpet be- fore you. But when you give alms. Truly. Thy kingdom come. go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. Concerning Almsgiving “Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them. As we also have forgiven our debtors. so that your alms may be in secret. Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven. I say to you. Hallowed be thy name. they have their reward. neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. your heavenly Father also will forgive you. when you give alms. Magnificat. But deliver us from evil. 6:1-15 You. do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. as your heavenly Father is perfect. Concerning Prayer “And when you pray. must be perfect. Give us this day our daily bread And forgive us our debts. Ave Maris Stella. Recite: Veni Creator. and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. Truly. you must not be like the hypocrites. as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets. for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Day 2 Personal Notes The Gospel of Matthew 5:48. “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do. On earth as it is in heaven.

Lamb of God. trample them under foot and turn to attack you. seek and ye shall find. deliver us. Louis De Montfort's Prayer to Mary Profaning the Holy Through Thy sufferings. Day 2 From the neglect of Thine inspirations. and you will find. you. you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard. Jesus. For every one who asks receives. for the gate is wide and the way is easy. will be opened. Come and live in Thy servants. deliver us. deliver us. deliver the log in your own eye? You hypocrite. deliver us. Jesus. for this is the law and the prophets. Jesus. “Ask. deliver us. and those who find it are few. Magnificat. and the measure you give will be the measure you get. graciously hear us. to us who ask the gift of Thy di. grant. O Judging Others Through Thy nativity. that leads to life. Jesus. deliver us. speck that is in your brother’s eye. deliver us. and it will be given you. In the perfection of Thy ways. In the fullness of Thy might. how can you say to your brother. first take the log out of your own eye. Why do you see the Through Thy most divine life. beseech Thee. how much more will your Father who is in Lamb of God. and those who enter by it are many. heaven give good things to those who ask him! So whatever you wish that men would Spare us. Jesus. never cease from praising Thee. vine love. deliver us. but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or Through Thy labors. do so to them. deliver us. Jesus. Through Thine Ascension. Recite: Veni Creator. Jesus. deliver us. that you be not judged. and in all our words and actions. deliver us. will give him a serpent? If you then. Subdue every hostile power Graciously hear us. “Enter by the narrow gate. us. deliver us. and it will be opened to Jesus. knock. know In the truth of Thy virtues. and then R. how to give good gifts to your children. Name.’ when there is Through Thine agony and Passion. we 54 7 . deliver us. Jesus. Or what man of you. for Thou never failest to govern those judged. deliver us. Who hast said: Ask and ye shall receive. Who takest away the sins of the world. In the communion of Thy mysteries. O Jesus. (See Second Week. stone? Or if he asks for a fish. do to you. O Jesus Living in Mary Ask. a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy “Judge not. for the glory of the Father. Page 52) “Do not give dogs what is holy. whom Thou dost solidly establish in Thy love. St. Through Thy Resurrection. who are evil. that leads to destruc- Have mercy on us. knock and it shall be opened unto you. Jesus. O Jesus living in Mary. Ave Maris Stella. Lord. Search.From everlasting death. Jesus. if his son asks him for bread. and he who seeks finds. Amen. Jesus. O Jesus. Jesus. and to him who knocks it Through Thy joys. In Thy spirit. Jesus. ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye. Who livest and reignest world without end. and Jesus. deliver us. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be Through Thine infancy. Who takest away the sins of the world. will give him a Through Thy glory. Through Thy cross and dereliction. and Glory Be Let Us Pray. In the spirit of Thy holiness. our hearts. and do not throw your pearls before swine. Amen. that we may ever love Thee with all The Gospel of Matthew 7:1-14 Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation. Knock Through Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist. Jesus. Who takest away the sins of the world. Jesus. tion. Jesus. seek. Give us. hear us. The Narrow Gate Lamb of God. O Lord Jesus Christ. lest they Through Thy death and burial.

have mercy on us. graciously hear us. meek and humble. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. From all evil. (See Preparatory Week. have mercy on us. our refuge. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. But I who am more inclined to go back. infinite goodness. deliver us. that Thou visit him? What has Jesus. splendor of the Father. most obedient. what cause have I to complain. have mercy on us. Imitation of Christ. Holy Trinity. art always the same. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. master of Apostles. offense. joy of angels. have mercy on us. O Lord. our God. From the spirit of fornication. or what can I justly allege. I can do nothing of Jesus. have mercy on us. Jesus. King of glory. Ave Maris Stella man deserved that Thou should give him grace? Lord. O Jesus. Jesus. and Glory Be Jesus. hear us. Jesus. light of confessors. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. ever good. God the Son. just and Christ. if what I petition Thou shalt not grant? Jesus. what is (See First Week. deliver us. have mercy on us. deliver us. most amiable. Father of the world to come. lover of us. deliver us. have mercy on us. changed: but my heart be converted and find its rest in Thee alone. Jesus. have mercy on us. author of life. Book III. that is good. have mercy on us. Be merciful. Page 48) Thou forsakest me. Recite: Veni Creator. Lord. Jesus. O Jesus. If you could always continue to be humble and little in your own eyes. have mercy on us. From the snares of the devil. have mercy on us. myself. Redeemer of the world. sun of justice. model of virtues. One God. purity of virgins. Jesus. Day 4 Third Week Jesus. and that he cannot glory in anything Lord. Son of the living God. Jesus. and endurest unto eternity. Jesus. have mercy on us. God the Father of Heaven. spare us. man. This most assuredly. for I am changed. That man has no good of himself. most powerful. Good Shepherd. King of patriarchs. deliver us. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. treasure of the faithful. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. brightness of eternal light. But it quickly becomes better when it pleases Thee. justly and holily and disposing them in wisdom. I may truly think and say: Lord I am nothing. It is good counsel that. have mercy on us. Jesus. Jesus. Lord. have mercy on us. Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus Jesus. Jesus. true light. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. aid can assist me and so strengthen me. if Jesus. doing all things well. should meditate how it will be when that light shall be withdrawn. have mercy on us. and Jesus. Jesus. Be merciful. Thomas á Kempis. you Jesus. Jesus. Jesus. less I am assisted and interiorly instructed by Thee. have mercy on us. most admirable. God the Holy Spirit. From Thy wrath. Page 49) Jesus. have mercy on us. mighty God. than to go forward. lover of souls. eternal wisdom. have mercy on us. holy. Chapters 7 & 40 Jesus. 8 53 . without man's Jesus. Magnificat. Jesus. Jesus. seven different times. lover of chastity. have mercy on us. but Thou. have mercy on us. or the son of man. and Thou stretchest out Thy helping hand: for Thou alone. strength of martyrs. but I am in all things defective and ever tend to nothing. Jesus. I become wholly tepid and relaxed. you would not fall so easily into danger and Jesus. Father of the poor. From mall sin. Jesus. teacher of Evangelists. that my countenance shall be more diversely Jesus. angel of great counsel. Son of the Virgin Mary. most patient. have mercy on us. He who would be too secure in time of peace will often be found too much dejected in Jesus. when you have conceived the spirit of fervor. God of peace. our way and our life. Ave Maris Stella. continue not always in one Jesus. have mercy on us. Litany of the Holy Spirit Jesus. And un. Jesus. Jesus. have mercy on us. graciously hear us. Jesus. Jesus. that Thou art mindful of him. Jesus. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. state. have mercy on us. time of war. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. have mercy on us. Jesus. crown of all saints. keep your spirit in due order and subjection.

and this is most vain. The Rosary may thy merits be my only adornment in the 52 9 . that I may have no other spirit but Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary thine to know Jesus and His divine will. faithful spouse of the Holy Spirit! triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of Forsooth of my very nothingness. all the gifts of God. Finally. he is deprived of true virtues. Book III. and Glory Be place and cultivate in me everything that is pleas. agination. I now give myself wholly to the Lord has given thee and which shall never be find pleasure in no creature. I. as often as it happens to me. or through the necessity by which I am compelled to seek Thee. dearly beloved Mother. my loving Mistress. the humblest of thy servants. mine. but not in one's own strength. Amen. and not in one's self. proceed. may the burning soul. let Thy Holy Name be blessed. so tion check the distractions of my wandering im. so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of in me for time and eternity. Truly vainglory is an evil Hail Mary. Thanks be to Thee from Whom all things (See Preparatory Week. it is thy privilege to dispose of a man takes complacency in himself. it is thy privi. if it Thomas á Kempis. glory and holy exultation is to glory in cy. may thy virtues take the place of my sins. For. Ave Maris Stella. and robs us of heavenly grace. Destroy in me all that may be dis. Amen. be- glorify the Lord. that I Wherefore. Where. but let nothing be others. Louis De Montfort's Prayer to Mary lations. my glory. to rejoice in Thy Name. Then might I deservedly hope in Thy favor. plague. may thy sublime contempla. not mine. The only grace I May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and my mind. To sufficiently thine. grant. But I am not yet Such is. zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as ing to thee. sire to be thought of highly? ther! Hail Mary. I will glory in nothing and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all sincerely without spiritual pleasures. while my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy. am but vanity. beloved Daughter of the Eternal Fa. either for the (See First Week. just as thou willest. that I may have no other heart cause there is no man that can comfort me. the "best part. thee without keeping anything back for myself or taken away from thee-and this thought fills my let Thy work be magnified. indeed. so be it-to all that thou art doing in my my memory with His presence. Imitation of Christ. Thou art my glory. or for what do I de- Hail Mary." which Thee. be it's all that thou art now doing in Heaven. Let Thy Name be praised. to die con- pleasing to God. because it draws away from true glory. and I am all thine by justice. he displeases Thee. while he wants for human ap- my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mer. joyfully without human consolation. As for my part here below. that is mine. how to cast from me all human comfort. Magnificat. Page 49 –50) may have no other soul but thine to praise and sake of devotion. may thy continuous sight of God fill Amen. save only for Thy sake. will I glory and rejoice all the day. can I glory. Ave Maris Stella but thine to love God with a love as pure and and rejoice in the gift of a new consolation. it is thy privilege to Hail Mary. to suffer but in my infirmities. reve. If thou still seest in me anything which heart with joy. men and demons. I wish attributed to me of the praise of men. tinually to myself without respite. admirable Mother of the Son! lege to enjoy heavenly bliss. is thy privilege to see God clearly. thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels. may thy profound humility take the every moment of my life I may say: Amen. so be place of my pride. in Thee. But true. therefore. Page 48) ardent as thine I do not ask thee for visions. it's all that thou didst do while on earth. I beseech thee to take it for no other than that which was thine: to believe heart. It sight . not mine. my dear Mother. but I did know well. but for myself. sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures. root it up and bring it to nought. plause. and to work Recite: Veni Creator. an inconstant and weak man. Second Week sight of God and make up for all that is wanting Day 5 in me. Chapter 40 Litany of the Holy Spirit be possible. Thou art the exultation of my does not belong to thee. and nothing in Thy St. O heavenly Mary.

God. in cold. continual health of mind and body. with God. Queen conceived without Original Sin. Grant. O Lord practice! Tower of David. pray for us. (See Preparatory Week. Spare us. Page 48) Queen of patriarchs. Who takest away the sins of the world. what is our life when we compare it with theirs? Saints and friends of Christ. pray for us. they Refuge of sinners. V. For they hated their lives in this world. pray for us. pray for us. in labor and in weariness. Accordingly. pray for us. Lamb of God. Look upon the lively examples of the holy Fathers in whom shone real perfection and Virgin most renowned. They spent all their time profitably. Amen ness of contemplation. pray for us. reproaches. pray for us. It grieved them to serve the body even in its Comforter of the afflicted. in fasting. in nakedness. prayers and holy meditations. pray for us. and in frequent persecutions and Preparation for Consecration. and by the What a valiant contest waged they to subdue their imperfections! What purity and House of gold. pray for us. pray for us. Queen of confessors. Thomas á Kempis. unto us Thy servants. they were poor in earthly things. pray for us. Pray for us. pray for us. Queen assumed into Heaven. and you will see how little it is. Have mercy on us. pray for us. Queen of peace. necessity. we beseech Thee. and even their necessary bodily refreshment was forgotten in the great sweet. R. O Lord. Graciously hear us. of Christ. and all the rest who resolved to follow the steps of Christ! Seat of wisdom. pray for us. and almost nothing that we do. off mental prayer. On the examples of the Holy Fathers Virgin most venerable. that we may rejoice in Tower of ivory. Queen of all saints. pray for us. the religious life. Virgin most powerful. Queen of angels. may be delivered from present sadness. pray for us. pray for us. that they might keep them in life everlasting. Lamb of God. and Glory Be Queen of prophets. Recite: Veni Creator. and Confessors and Virgins. pray for us. in watching. pray for us. Book I. Queen of martyrs. served our Lord in hunger and in thirst. glorious intercession of Blessed Mary. Through Christ Our Lord. ever vir- straightforwardness of purpose kept they towards God! By day they labored. and much Ark of the covenant. Lamb of God. pray for us. Day 6 Mother of our Saviour. pray for us. pray for us. Queen of Apostles. Alas. hardly took what was necessary for life. Magnificat. pray for us. Health of the sick. pray for us. Oh. Who takest away the sins of the world. enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. though while they labored. pray for us. Queen of the most holy Rosary. pray for us. pray for us. Ave Maris Stella tues. and of the night they spent in prayer. Who takest away the sins of the world. Chapter 18 Mother of the Church. frequent and fervent prayers did they offer up to God. they Virgin most merciful. O Lord. they were far from leaving Gate of Heaven. O holy Mother of God. pray for us. pray for us. Virgin most prudent. pray for us. dignities. Ave Maris Stella. They renounced all riches. pray for us. but very rich in grace and vir. gin. Virgin most faithful. grievous temptations did they bear! How often were they harassed by the enemy. Help of Christians. what rigorous abstinence did they Mystical rose. what Singular vessel of devotion. pray for us. Let Us Pray. 10 51 . Queen of virgins. That we may be made worthy of the promises what a strict and self-renouncing life the holy Fathers of the desert led! What long and Vessel of honor. pray for us. Every hour seemed short to spend Morning star. R. pray for us. honors and kindred. Oh Cause of our joy. pray for us. Imitation of Christ. pray for us. pray for us. how many grievous tribulations did the Apostles suffer and the Martyrs Mirror of justice.

pray for us. Who takest away the sins of the world. pised them. in Outwardly they suffered want. pray for us. and Glory Be Send us Thy Holy Spirit. inflame us with the flame of Thy love. Mother inviolate. have mercy on us. One God. enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations. 50 11 . Who with Thee. (Litany of Loreto) number of lukewarm to induce us to grow remiss. Chapter 18 (continued) Gift of God. They were aliens to the world. may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and Thomas á Kempis. pray for us. shed Thy light in our souls. pray for us. have mercy on us vor. come and renew the face of the earth. Mother most pure. pray for us. V. the unity of the same Spirit. and trampled the world under their feet. battle so stoutly. but within they were refreshed with grace and Divine Spirit of the adoption of the children of God. Imitation of Christ. Holy Spirit! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful. pray for us. may enlighten. have mercy on us Lord Jesus Christ. have mercy on us. Pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Spirit. have mercy on us make us fruitful in good works. under the rule of the superior. that Thy Divine Spirit Mother of our Creator. pray for us. and ought more to excite us to advance in good. God the Father of Heaven. up. grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety. ment in virtue be not quite asleep in thee. teach us to pray well. how great was their zeal for virtue! How vigorous the discipline that was kept Holy Spirit. Who takest away the sins of the world. inspire us with horror of sin. that they were truly holy and perfect men who did HolySpirit. Grant. They persevered in R. have mercy on us. Mother most amiable. pray for us. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. pray for us. Mother most chaste. from slothfulness and tepidity. who has so often seen the manifold examples Holy Spirit. religious in the beginning of their holy institute! Oh. Mother of divine grace. traces that remain still bear witness. and who can. the lukewarmness and negligence of our state! that we soon fall away from our first fer- Holy Spirit. through Our Spirit Who fillest the universe. Oh that advance- Holy Spirit. flourished in all! Their Holy Spirit. they walked in charity and patience. but they were precious and beloved in the sight of God. Mother most admirable.Holy Spirit. so every day they advanced in spirit and gained great favor with God. Christ have mercy on us. be Thou our everlasting reward. prayer. Christ hear us. Holy Spirit. liveth and reigneth consolation. open to us the treasures of Thy graces Lord. Holy Trinity. true humility. endure what he has undertaken. Holy Mother of God. grant us the only necessary knowledge. Now. inspire in us the practice of good. Who takest away the sins of the world. Magnificat. what reverence and obedience. Holy Mary. grant us the merits of all virtues. They were given Holy Spirit. Oh! how great was the fervor of all Holy Spirit. have mercy on us. pray for us. God the Son. pray for us Lamb of God. Mother undefiled. pray for us. pray for us. Amen. of the devout! Holy Spirit. Lamb of God. and Holy Spirit. R. Redeemer of the world. Christ. they seemed as nothing and the world des- have mercy on us forever and ever. Book I. inflame and purify us. and are even now tired with life. Who governest the Church. Mother of Christ. lead us in the way of salvation is not a transgressor. Let Us Pray. make us persevere in justice. Ave Maris Stella. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary for example to all religious. Holy Virgin of virgins. Mother of good counsel. Recite: Veni Creator. have mercy on us. with patience. Come. God the Holy Spirit. O merciful Father. that He Day 7 have mercy on us. than the Holy Spirit. they lived in simple obedience. engrave Thy law in our hearts Lord. how great was their devotion in Holy Spirit. Ah. graciously hear us. the Most High. he is thought great who Holy Spirit. Thy Son. Lamb of God.

the promise he made to our fathers. have mercy on us Spirit of peace and meekness. world without end. and Glory Be and ever shall be. Redeemer of the He has mercy on those who fear him No one is so perfect and holy as sometimes not to have temptations and we can never be world. purified and in- he has scattered the proud in their conceit. sanctify us. have mercy on us harshly with one who is tempted. Spirit of wisdom and understanding. temptations will sooner return and he will find himself in a worse condition. have mercy on us Holy Spirit. Spirit of the Father and the Son. and holy is his Name. Father all powerful. He has come to the help of his servant Israel Promise of God the Father. for in them. as thou wouldst wish to be Consuming fire. Amen. and to the Son. have mercy on us ness and your own importunity. and fell He has cast down the mighty from their thrones. nay. Ray of heavenly light. have mercy on us Spirit of modesty and innocence. All the Saints passed through many tribulations and temptations and were puri- fied by them. Inconstancy of mind and little confidence in God. alone. have mercy on us. in every generation. and fall worse into them. From this day all generations will call me blessed: Christ. but goes about. have mercy on us Spirit of grace and prayer. and the rich he has sent away empty. have mercy on us Spirit of the fear of the Lord. is now. We cannot conquer by flight Son. Magnificat. As it was in the beginning. will profit little. have mercy on us. Of Resisting Temptations As long as we live in this world. have mercy on us. By for he has remembered his promise of mercy. and to the Spirit of love and truth. the Comforter. a man is humbled. the Sanctifier. better overcome them than by harsh. wholly free from them. my spirit rejoices in God my Savior Litany of the Holy Spirit for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. but pour in consolation. became reprobate. and does not pluck out their root. have mercy on us Holy Spirit. Lord. He who only declines them outwardly. Chapter 13 My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord. For as a ship without a helm is driven to and fro by the waves. and do not deal to Abraham and his children for ever. have mercy on us degrees and by patience you will. Who art equal to the Father and the He has filled the hungry with good things. have mercy on us of all temptations. the Son. should be solicitous about his temptations and watch in prayer lest the devil find an op. And they that could not support temptations. have mercy on us Holy Spirit. Source of heavenly water. Ave Maris Stella. Holy Spirit. by God's grace. and has lifted up the lowly. Jesus. boundless life of He has shown the strength of his arm. so the man who neglects and gives up his resolutions is tempted in many ways. have mercy on us done unto yourself. Glory be to the Father. Many seek to flee temptations. Eternal Son of the Father." Everyone therefore the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy Trinity. have mercy on us Glory Be Spiritual unction. Holy Spirit. Author of all good. we cannot be without temptations and tribulations. but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies. enter our hearts. have mercy on us. Book I. Imitation of Christ. seeking whom he can devour. Nevertheless. have mercy on us Spirit of knowledge and piety. some and grievous though they may be. both. have mercy on us Recite: Veni Creator. save us. Who proceedest from the Father and away. Take council the oftener in temptation. temptations are very profitable to man. Spirit of counsel and fortitude. enter our hearts. is the beginning Ardent charity. Lord. have mercy on us 12 49 . have mercy on us portunity to catch him: who never sleeps. hear us structed. trouble. Hence it is written in Job "Man's life on earth is a temptation. Day 8 Magnificat First Week Thomas á Kempis.

mildest of the mild. through endless times confessed. when he is not resisted in the beginning. Far from us drive the foe we dread. be the glory one. Break the sinners' fetters. honor to the Son. to sustain it. and virtue is made Oh. peace confirm within us. more manifest. In temptation and tribulations. and temptation a just man. 48 13 . He will save and exalt. Some suffer grievous temptations in Thou. Still. make our way secure proved what progress man has made. according to the wisdom and the equity of the Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue. Magnificat. by long delay. we must watch. will make such issue with the temptation. of a truth. accord- with patience firm and virtue high Virgin all excelling. the beginning of their conversion. in the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit. ever sinless Virgin. temptation. The long- Chase all evils from us. temptations discover what we are. that we are able the weakness of our flesh supply. by little the fiend does gain entrance. especially in the beginning of come with Thy grace and heavenly aid Taking that sweet Ave. Some are very lightly tempted. Recite: Veni Creator. Creator blest. for then the enemy is more easily overcome. but and make our hearts o'erflow with love. and the evil motion and consent and so." When ills have O heavenly gift of God Most High. and there also is great merit. Amen. Who rose from death. promise of the Father. Let us then humble our souls under the hand of God in every temptation and tribulation. Fire tries iron. hear our prayers through thine. meek and undefiled. Praise to God the Father. We must not. and the enemy. Amen. gathered strength. Chapter 13 (continued) Veni Creator God's own Mother blest. for the humble in spirit. ing to the sayings of St. the door of the mind. afterwards delight. Keep our life all spotless. therefore. so much the stronger in him. Show thyself a Mother. of both the eternal Spirit blest. finger of God's hand we own. daily in him- Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known. O Star of the ocean. Come. it is turn from the path of life aside. Whence a certain one has said "Resist beginnings. which from Gabriel came. for all blessings pray. if he be not suffered to enter to fill the hearts which Thou hast made. the Father and the Son to know. changing Eve's name. so much the weaker he becomes. with Thou. self. with Thee for guide. a strong imagination. We often know not what we are able to do. and Glory Be Now to the Father and the Son. and Thee. others in the end and others are troubled nearly their Thou. little and sweet anointing from above. then O fount of life and fire of love. the more fervently pray to God to help us in every tribulation: Who. Imitation of Christ. but and in our souls take up Thy rest. O comforter. despair when we are tempted. whole life. henceforth by all in earth and heaven. first there comes from the mind a simple thought. Paul. free from guilt preserve us and grant us Thy peace instead. Ave Maris Stella. so shall we not. to Thee we cry. all too late the cure. gate of heav'nly rest. may the Word divine ordinance of God who weighs man's condition and merits. Preparatory Period Ave Maris Stella Day 9 Hail. may Thy grace on us bestow till we find in Jesus. O Holy Comforter. be glory given. Book I. but is withstood upon the threshold the very moment he knocks. and preordaineth all things Kindle our sense from above. er anyone has been slothful in resisting. joy for evermore. born for us thine Infant for the salvation of His elect. make our blindness day. Thomas á Kempis.

for they who willingly subject themselves to Thy holy service. What return shall I make to Thee for this favor? For it is granted to all who forsake these things. Ave Maris Stella. will I speak again. a great glory. Who for the love of Thee. Imitation of Christ. Day 10 Thomas á Kempis. which Thou hast hidden for those that fear Thee! But what art Thou. Chapter 10 That it is sweet to despise the world and to serve God Now. In this most of all hast Thou showed me the sweetness of Thy love. and to despise all things for Thee. Recite: Veni Creator. what shall I say of Thee? How can I forget Thee. but this does rather appear great and Prayers Recited Throughout the Consecration wonderful to me. O Lord. O Lord. to serve Thee. to those who serve Thee with their whole heart? Unspeakable indeed is the sweetness of Thy contemplation. that Thou vouchsafest to receive one so wretched and unworthy as Thy servant. Who hast vouchsafed to remember me even after I was corrupted and lost? Beyond all Appendices hope Thou showest mercy to Thy servant. which Thou bestowest on those who love Thee. Book III. Is it much that I should serve Thee. how great is the abundance of Thy sweetness. shall have great grace. that I might serve Thee: and Thou hast commanded me to serve Thee. to renounce the world. Thou didst make me. and Glory Be 14 47 . hast Thou manifested Thy grace and friendship. Whom the whole creation is bound to serve? It ought not to seem much to me to serve Thee. and to assume the monas- tic life. that when I had no being. I will say in the hearing of my God and my King Who is on high: Oh. and when I was straying far from Thee. and beyond all desert. They shall experience the most sweet consolation of the Holy Spirit. and will not be silent. Magnificat. O Fountain of everlasting love. It is a great honor. have cast aside all carnal delight. for those who love Thee? What. Thou brought me back again.

Book I. ous things. threw himself upon the ground in prayer. heart and on your lips. Chapter 25 Once you have consecrated yourself to Jesus through Mary. Louis-Marie de Montfort recommended the following: On the Fervent Amendment of our Whole Life  Keep praying to develop a "great contempt" for the spirit of this world When a certain anxious person. and Glory Be 46 15 .one Ave for each star in the Virgin's Crown.) persevere. such as tars in the Church and thinking these things in his mind. every day if it is not inconvenient. said "Oh. but a diligent and zealous person will make a greater progress monthly with the prayer. Imitation of Christ. arm. or ankle) as an outward sign struggle. and thou shall be  Recite. waist. and after Communion shall be fed of the riches thereof. most to overcome himself and mortify his spirit. who often times wavered between hope and fear. most manfully to overcome the very things which are the hardest and most contrary to Louis. "I am all thine and all I have is thine. If desired. Rosary. what was the acceptable and perfect will of God for the beginning and the perfection of "I am all thine Immaculate One. with. etc. He no longer wished for curi- St. this heavenly answer: "And if thou  Frequently recite the Ave. if I only knew how to the Annunciation and the Nativity. All have not. with all that I have: in time and in eternity"in your every good work. who is well regulated but less fervent in the Mary. Louis has a special way of praying the Little Crown. during. and his anxious thoughts ceased. "And do all good. The appearance of this chain is not further specified. indeed. and comforted. "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary" above) al progress. and by follow. And assuredly they especially advance beyond others in virtues." said the Prophet.. St. once  Maintain a special devotion to the Mystery of the Incarnation (e. Ave Maris Stella. and from fervor in amendment namely: the labor that is necessary for the  Wear a little iron chain (around the neck. searching to find out what would happen to him. through though he have more passions than another. overcome with sadness. which is recommended." There is one thing that keeps many back from spiritu- (see Supplement of the book. before one of the al- tion. who strive the and reminder of holy slavery. perfectly secure.g. with the prayer. he committed him- . "Hope in the Lord. and the Magnificat didst know this.a series of Paters. live that consecration." And immediately being consoled. the "Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin" . equal difficulties ing the same 33-day period of exercises. Recite: Veni Creator. Aves. what would thou do? Do now what you would do. focusing on Feasts centering around the Incarnation. through medita. them. spiritual reading. and thou  Associate yourself with Mary in a special way before. and Glorias -." that very instant he heard within him. For there a man does profit more and merit more abundant grace." pursuit of virtues. and inhabit the land. but very recommended by St. when he does  Renew the consecration once a year on the same date chosen above. After Consecration Day 11 Thomas á Kempis. in and for Mary for the sake of Jesus. This practice is optional. self to the Divine Will. also renew the consecration to overcome and mortify. but studied rather to learn  Do everything through. O dear Jesus. Thy holy Mother. Magnificat.

neither shall he need to seek any better thing. and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. labor quickly to amend thyself. A man fervent and diligent is prepared for all (Your Signature) things. warn thyself. stir up thyself. by thine intercession and by Be mindful of the purpose thou hast embraced. seeing thou hast not as yet endeavored to conform thyself more unto Him. if thou spend the day profitably. in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner. Amen. the more shalt thou progress. grant me the How sweet and pleasant a thing it is. in honor of. so that as He has others. Book I. Jesus Christ thy Son. that I may attain. so art thou by others noted again. and whatsoever becometh of others. Recite: Veni Creator. to see brethren fervent and devout. Imitation of Christ. The more violent thou uses against thyself. at any time thou hast done it. And if henceforth. besides Jesus. this little offering of my slavery. neglect not thyself. Good cause thou hast to be ashamed in looking upon the life of Jesus Christ. to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Ave Maris Stella. than to sweat in bodily labors. Be watchful over thyself. A religious person that exercizeth himself seriously and devoutly in the most holy life and passion of our Lord. As thine eye observeth O admirable Mother. and set always before thee the image of thine example. redeemed me by thee. present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave. not thou lovest and teachest. make me in all things so perfect a disciple. and for that end receive me among those whom well-disciplined! How sad and grievous a thing it is. and in union Thomas á Kempis. obedient and grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God. to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things. Thou wilt always rejoice in the evening. beware thou do not the same. how quickly and fully should we be. to see them walk disorderly. by little and little falleth into greater. Amen. whom thou leadest. shall there abundantly find whatsoever is profitable and necessary for him. I declare that I wish But if thou observest any thing worthy of reproof. though thou hast been a long time in the way of God. Chapter 25 (continued) with. Day 12 Receive. O benignant Virgin. nourishest and protectest as thy children applying themselves to that for which they are called! How hurtful a thing it is. Magnificat and Glory Be 16 45 . that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity. the Crucified. when and thy slaves. as thy true slave. by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy. they neglect the purpose of their calling and busy themselves in things not committed to O faithful Virgin. (Date of Consecration) It is harder toil to resist vices and passions. imitator and slave of the their care! Incarnate Wisdom. He that avoideth not small faults. O if Jesus crucified would come into our hearts.

the pardon of my sins. the door is now shut. and full right of disposing of me. both interior and exterior. Give us each day our daily bread. examinations. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Ave Maris Stella ing to thy good pleasure. and of Mary. the Incarnate Wisdom. short. Moreover. reflection. acts of renouncement of our own will. O immaculate Mary. I deliver and conse- him whatever he needs. crate to thee. Hear the desires which I have of the for we ourselves forgive every one who is indebted to us. that we shall be able to measure the in the virginal bosom of Mary. and all that belongs to me. his pomps and works. whom Thou The Gospel of Luke 11:1-10 hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. Thy holy Mother. I cannot get up and give you anything’? I tell you. we shall order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. But. But how attain this without a knowledge of Thy slave. I have not fulfilled my obligations. tion. I do not deserve to be called Thy child. one of his disciples said to him. only Son of the Eternal Father. sure and perfect way to arrive at that union with have been. the order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. nor yet convinced of our misery and helplessness. whose mercy fails no one. For every one who asks receives. and when he ceased. taking the form of a slave in trition of our sins: and we should do this in a spirit of piety. We should employ all our pious actions in asking for a knowledge of ourselves and con- I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself. and he who seeks finds. my goods. and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy re. my body and soul. leaving to thee the entire who knocks it will be opened. for it is from her that foundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity. O lowed be thy name. dren are with me in bed. without exception. I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. teach Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail.” Divine Wisdom. in all things. and it will be given you. I renounce forever Satan. for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity. “When you pray. and lead us not into temptation. as John taught his disciples. “Lord. hal- Heaven and earth. Perseverance in Prayer And he said to them. Thy kingdom come. I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Bap. of contrition true man. then. The Lord’s Prayer Hail. ‘Do not bother me. and I have nothing to set Baptism. and forgive us our sins. and to him even the value of all my good actions. strongly tism. And I tell you. Thy most worthy Mother. It is near her. It is on this Day 13 account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother. and he will answer from within. Our Lord which is Christlike perfection. and I give myself entirely to before him’. always virgin! I adore Thee pro- for our sins. Ask. Consecration Formula First Week Theme: Knowledge Of Self O Eternal and incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and Prayers. as thy slave. in the time of Thine incarna- abyss of our miseries without despairing. and my chil- Jesus Christ. ourselves'? pulse. and I adore Thee also we hope for light to know ourselves. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition. living tabernacle of the Divinity. I praise and glorify Thee for that consider not so much the opposition that exists between the spirit of Jesus and ours. to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life. (Y our Name). alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I True Devotion being an easy. lend me three loaves. yet because of his importunity he will rise and give heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey. though he will not get up and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee. sure refuge of sinners. a faithless sinner. all performed at the feet of Mary. O Queen of us to pray. in the miserable and humiliating state to which our sins have reduced us. Hail. “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him. 44 17 . say: “Father. present and future. knock. accord- Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. and you will find. seek. renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my ‘Friend. of contempt of self. past. we shall enter seriously upon this way. and and it will be opened to you. During this period. where the Eternal He was praying in a certain place. as Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary.” And he said to them. and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom. In the presence of all the and give him anything because he is his friend. I.

give alms. Chapter 13 Day of Consecration On the day of consecration. Try to receive Communion per the method described in the Supple- times kicketh and murmureth against him. it is a sign that his flesh is not as yet perfectly obedient unto him. that thou mightest overcome thy pride with My humility. no worse nor more troublesome enemy to the soul than thou art unto thyself. if the inward man be not laid waste. he that endeavoreth to withdraw himself from obedience. if that is not possible. For more speedily is the outward enemy overcome. It is altogether necessary that thou take up a true of the Act of Consecration. if thou be read them after the Mass (in front of the tabernacle would be nice). Learn to break thine own wishes. "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary" above. do some spiritual penance and approach consecration in My son. Learn thou therefore quickly to submit thy- ment of the book. Copy them and have them with you at church. or offer a votive candle for the good Of the Obedience of One in Humble Subjection. Learn to humble thyself. Book III. as a slave of love. if thou desire to keep thine own flesh under the yoke. John 13:14). from grace. Because as yet thou lovest thyself too inordinately. He that doth not cheerfully and freely submit himself to his receive Communion with the intention of giving yourself to Jesus. withdraweth himself the spirit of mortification. if thou desire to prevail against flesh and blood. There is Now pray the words of the consecration. And yet. contempt for thyself. therefore thou art afraid to resign thyself wholly to the will of others. if thou. what great matter is it. humbly subjected Myself to man for thy sake? I became of all men the most humble and the most abject (Luke 2:7. either fast. loseth Now go to Confession (or. self to thy superior. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Ave Maris Stella 18 43 . thou earth and clay. and to yield thyself to all subjection. go during the 8 days prior) and then those which are common. and he who seeketh for himself private benefit (Matthew 16:24). by superior. and sign your copy not well in harmony with the Spirit. After the Example of Jesus Christ of another (or all of the above). who art but dust and nothing. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. Day 14 Day 34 Thomas á Kempis. and to bow thyself down under the feet of all men. O dust! learn to be obedient. the Almighty and the Most Highest who created all things of nothing. Imitation of Christ. when I. but often- the hands of Mary. subject thyself to a man for God's sake.

Consequently when we come to die we shall find ourselves devoid of virtue and merit and discover that we do not possess even one spark of that pure love which God shares only with those who have died to themselves and whose life is hidden with Jesus Christ in him. Or those eighteen Jesus. in order to empty ourselves of self. by a bond that is indissoluble in time and in eternity. Thirdly. We must see as if we did not see. our The Gospel of Luke 13:1-5 mysterious intermediary and the easiest way of reaching him. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary. If we do not die to self and if our holiest devotions do not lead us to this necessary and fruitful death. we must choose among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin the one which will lead us more surely to this dying to self. This devotion will be the best and the most sanctify- ing for us. All our good works will be tainted by selflove and self-will so that our greatest sacrifices and our best actions will be unacceptable to God. but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. we must do everything for Mary. Relying on her protection. we should expect nothing in return save the these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans. And he answered them. Litany of the Holy Name. St. hear as if we did not hear and use the things of this world as if we did not use them. Paul calls "dying daily". we should undertake and carry out great things for our noble Queen. her Son. As a reward for these little services. We must defend Examples inviting Repentance her privileges when they are questioned and uphold her good name when it is under at. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. Louis-Marie de Montfort. it remains only a single grain and does not bear any good fruit. because they suffered honour of belonging to such a lovable Queen and the joy of being united through her to thus? I tell you. Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. if possible. True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. We must attract everyone. Unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies. to her service and to this true and sound de. do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you.” Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. we shall not bear fruit of any worth and our devotions will cease to be profitable. “Do you think that votion.For Mary Day 15 Finally. This involves our renouncing what the powers of the soul and the senses of the body incline us to do. Ave Maris Stella. No. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Ave Maris Stella 42 19 . and O Jesus Living In Mary St. There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood tack. No. 81 & 82 We Need Mary in order to Die to Ourselves Secondly. We take Mary for our proximate end. we must die daily to ourselves. but unless you re- pent you will all likewise perish. upon whom the tower in Silo′am fell and killed them. This is what St.

and excuse it worse (Psalm 141:4). which the new Adam. that I may see. with the magnificence of God himself. because grace oftentimes is and delights. as in. but we mind not how much others suffer from us. tions in a spirit of humility. Jesus Christ. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. and this we quickly lose he "took his delights" for nine months. We reprehend small things in others. and consider themselves during six Thy presence to pour forth tears from the very bottom of my heart. what you are . rarities We cannot trust over much to ourselves (Jeremiah 17:5). In Mary Thomas á Kempis. There are in this earthly paradise untold riches. to endure. For to look upon Thee in Thine own Divine brightness. We are sometimes moved Life which bore our Lord. will find little cause to judge hardly of another. toads. He that well fruit that is pleasing to him. ry day they should say the Litany of the Holy Spirit. O most sweet Lord Jesus. meditate on and most to be desired above all the desires of her heart! To me also it would be indeed sweet. and with the grateful Magda- days of the week as nothing but sails. Or else they lene to wash Thy feet with tears (Luke 7:38). rial objects symbolise. But where is that devotion? Where that bountiful may meditate on the following three considerations of St. nor could even the whole world stand in the splendor of the glory of Thy majesty. Jesus Christ. burn. 20 41 . through which the High Priest. Through this gate he entered the world the first time and Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. In this divine place there are trees planted by the our own greater matters (Matthew 7:5). slugs. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Ave Maris Stella through this same gate he will come the second time. also calls our Lady the Eastern Gate. the grace of self- knowledge. True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. To understand this we must realise that the Blessed Of Self-consideration Virgin is the true earthly paradise of the new Adam and that the ancient paradise was only a symbol of her. how great is the pleasure of the devout soul that feasteth with Thee in quire knowledge of themselves and sorrow for their sins. with passion. Chapter 11 Preparatory Exercises That the Blood of Christ and the Holy Scriptures Are Most Necessary unto a Faithful Soul During the first week they should offer up all their prayers and acts of devotion to ac. and we think it zeal. swine. The Holy Spirit speaking through the Fathers of the Church. hand of God and watered by his divine unction which have borne and continue to bear fer at the hands of others. snakes and goats. Bernard: "Remember what flowing of holy tears? Surely in the sight of Thee and Thy holy Angels. For this intention they will say each day the Ave Maris Stella and the Litany St. It is in this paradise that wanting to us. Only the Holy Spirit can teach us the truths that these mate- and rightly considereth his own works. For in this Sacrament I have Thee mystically present. my whole heart ought to you were -corrupted seed. has left there. Holy Spirit". Oftentimes too we perceive not our inward blindness how great it is. and to weep for joy." They will ask our Lord and the Holy Spirit to enlighten them saying. With this end in view they may. In this earthly paradise grows the real Tree of Oftentimes we do evil. enters and goes out into the world. and understanding also. Louis-Marie de Montfort. her only Beloved. in what I have said concerning our corrupted nature." or "Lord. dicated in the first part of this work. Book II." or the "Come. Day 16 Day 33 St. They will turn to our Blessed Lady and beg her to obtain for them that great grace which is the foundation of all others. by Thomas á Kempis: Book IV. the tree of knowledge of good and evil. other shape. Quickly enough we feel and weigh what we suf. Eve. with the prayer that follows. Chapter 5 We must do everything in Mary. Imitation of Christ. beauties. mine eyes would not be able "Lord. what you will be .a body destined for decay. the fruit of Life. 228 Imitation of Christ. Herein then Thou hast regard to my weakness. if they wish. worked his wonders and displayed his riches by our negligence. and pass over which bore the Light of the world. Little light is there in us. that Thou dost hide Thyself under this Sacrament. let me know myself. hidden under an- food for worms. Louis-Marie de Montfort. Thy banquet. 261-265 of the Blessed Virgin. where there is set for her no other food to be eaten but Thyself. Let them perform all their ac.

as the perfect model of every virtue and perfec- for himself! tion. Ambrose says. in all our actions we must look upon man can be excused of defended by another. True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. and sit down quickly and write de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary. as far as our limited capacity allows. Louis measures of oil. O wretched ous yet prudent. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Ave Maris Stella 40 21 . nor admitteth excuses. am ashamed to beg. ‘How much do you owe my master?’ He said. and believed faithfully and constantly even to the foot of the him. ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your stewardship.’ The master com- mended the dishonest steward for his prudence.’ And he said to him. With Mary what answer wilt thou make to God who knoweth all thy wickedness (Job 9:2)! Why dost thou not provide for thyself (Luke 16:9) against the day of judgement. you can no longer be steward. but will judge according to right. humble yet courageous. St. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. May the spirit of Mary be in each one of us to rejoice in God. because he will be complete. when no We must do everything with Mary. especially: He also said to the disciples. that is to say. In every action then we should consider how Mary performed it or how she would per- The Gospel of Luke 16:1-8 form it if she were in our place. but every one shall be a sufficient burden Mary. and charges 1) Her lively faith. who is not ly possessed and governed by the spirit of Mary.’ He said to him. fashioned by the Holy Spirit for us to imitate. For this reason. although asimple human being. wilt stand before that strict Judge (Hebrew 10:31) to whom nothing is hid. so that people may receive me into their houses when I am put out of the stewardship. and O Jesus Living In Mary fifty. by which she believed the angel's word without the least were brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. summoning his master’s debtors one by one. And he called him and said to hesitation.’ Then he said to another. ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said. ‘What shall I do. appeased with gifts. and foolish sinner. which made her prefer seclusion. ‘A hundred Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. maintain silence. who made himself master of Day 17 her to such an extent that he became her very spirit. but always by the spirit of God. “There was a rich man who had a steward. and I to every eventuality and put herself in the last place. Ave Maris Stella. a spirit which is gentle yet strong. for the sons of this world are wiser in their own generation than the sons of light." Happy is the man who follows the example of Of Judgment. who sometimes art in terror at the countenance of an angry man. St. and the Punishment of Sinners In all things look to the led by her own spirit.’ And the steward said to himself. he said to the first. and write eighty. That is why St. pure yet fruitful. 228 "May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to glorify the Lord.’ So. submit my master is taking the stewardship away from me? I am not strong enough to dig. and how thou the good Jesuit Brother Rodriguez. Louis-Marie de Montfort. zeal. ‘Take your bill. I have decided what to do. Litany of the Holy Name. ‘Take your bill. who died a holy death. for Cross on Calvary. we must examine and meditate on the The Crafty Steward great virtues she practised during her life. since 2) Her deep humility. ‘A hundred measures of wheat.

Chapter 7 On Leading Others Astray Of the Love of Jesus above All Things And he said to his disciples. we have only done what was our duty. and keep Him for thy friend. Jesus would willingly dwell with thee. that He will admit of no rival. that is. ‘We are unworthy servants. and be whether thou wilt or no. above all measure and degree. Among and thou shalt see a speedy end of thine evils. for that Jesus will be loved alone On Brotherly Correction above all things. shall fall with that which is subject to fall. Keep close to Jesus both in life and in death. Thou oughtest to leave thy beloved. say to him when he alone. in Mary. if your brother sins. They may be expressed in four words. Wait a little while. and afterward you shall eat and drink’? Does he thank the servant because he did what was St. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Ave Maris Stella by her spirit. ‘Come at once and sit down at table’? Will he not rather say creatures. and gird yourself and serve me. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. God are children of God. the many servants of Mary only those who are truly and faithfully devoted to her are led Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. and sit on His throne as King. I am well able to reward thee." says St. Some time or other thou must be separated from all.’ and it would obey you. Those who are led by the spirit of Mary are Thou shalt not long toil here. He that cleaveth unto a creature. Take heed to yourselves. ‘Be rooted up. and persevering. nor always be oppressed with griefs. self unto His faithfulness. with Mary. with Jesus. Louis-Marie de Montfort. doing everything through Mary. That All Grievous Things Are to Be Endured For the Sake of Eternal Life Through Mary My son. If thou couldest empty thyself perfectly from all has come in from the field. for thy beloved (Deuteronomy 6:5. Imitation of Christ. can alone help thee. forgive The love of things created is deceitful and inconstant. Chapter 5 fectly through Jesus. rebuke him. and if he repents. as a grain of mustard seed. when you have done all that is commanded you.’” There are some very sanctifying interior practices for those souls who feel called by the Holy Spirit to a high degree of perfection. in order to do it more per- Thomas á Kempis. by Thomas á Kempis: Book II. and commit thy- planted in the sea. nor We must do everything through Mary. you could say to this sycamine tree. The Power of Faith Love Him. be not wearied out by the labors which thou hast undertaken for My sake. and if he sins against you seven times in the day. we must obey her always and be led in all let tribulation cast thee down ever at all. till I eat and drink. I have said that the spirit of Mary is the spirit of God because she was nev- 22 39 .’ you must forgive him. Humble Service Thy Beloved is of that nature. when all fail. but woe to him by whom they come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck Blessed is he that understandeth (Psalm 119:1. in Jesus. Day 18 Day 32 The Gospel of Luke 17:1-10 Imitation of Christ. and. will not forsake thee. as we have already shown. children of Mary. the love of Jesus is faithful and him. consequently children of God. to him. Canticles 2:16).” he that embraceth Jesus shall be made strong for ever. who. and for Mary.2) what it is to love Jesus. and to despise and he were cast into the sea. who. “Temptations to sin are sure to come. ‘I repent. say. who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep. The apostles said to the Lord. Matthew 22:37. but let My promise strengthen and comfort thee things by her spirit. ‘Prepare supper for me. 257-260 commanded? So you also. says. but will have thy heart “Will any one of you. which is the Holy Spirit of God. Paul. than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Book II. and for Jesus. “If you had faith nor suffer thee to perish in the end. and turns to you seven times. when all go away. himself for Jesus' sake. "Those who are led by the Spirit of under every circumstance. “Increase our faith!” And the Lord said.

as it is not enter it. dren come to me. “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. “Let the chil- Jesus living in Mary". or. excellence and necessity of the Hail Mary. Few Christians. saying. and O Jesus Living In Mary come. “All these I have observed from my youth. “Truly. Ave Maris Stella. However. “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the king- dom of God! For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God. for he was very rich. “Then who can be saved?” But he said. “Lo. I say to you. way. it is appropriate for us to say. You know prayer.” Those who heard it said. "O disciples saw it. Louis all that you have and distribute to the poor. merit.” And he said to them. for the sake of the kingdom of God.” The Reward of Renunciation And Peter said. such as St. for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Dominic. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary & Ave Maris Stella 38 23 . the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery. The Danger of Riches Jesus looking at him said. “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. which is Mary. as I myself do. Sell Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. of Jesus dwelling en. Litany of the Holy Name. however enlightened. we name this devotion after its ultimate end which is Jesus.” And when Jesus heard it. And a ruler asked him. I say to you. we have left our homes and followed you. they rebuked them.’” And he said. the Angelic Salutation. and in the age to come eternal life. Do not kill. we can very well use The Gospel of Luke 18:15-30 either term without any scruple. “Good Teacher. Do not bear false witness. having become incarnate in her womb. Truly. what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Je- St. rather than after the Day 19 way and the means to arrive there. according to the beautiful prayer. St. John Capistran and Blessed Alan de Rupe. whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall Those who accept this devotion should have a great love for the Hail Mary. But Jesus called them to him. there is no man who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children. and do not hinder them. "slavery of Jesus in Mary". Do not steal. and de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary. to convince them of the richness of this sus said to him. Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. Our Blessed Lady herself had to The Rich Aristocrat appear on several occasions to men of great holiness and insight. understand the val- ue. Honor your father and mother. and you will have treasure in heaven. b) Since the principal mystery celebrated and honoured in this devotion is the mystery Jesus and the Children of the Incarnation where we find Jesus only in Mary. follow me. “One thing you still lack.” But when he heard this he became sad. who will not receive manifold more in this time. and when the throned in Mary. he said to him.” called. recited by so many great souls.

and of this maternity.this is the characteristic of our devo- tion. 243-254 of. imitation of her virtues. a servant to his tience. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary." this to me. of this mediation. I draw near. her blind obedience. her participation in the of God. a creature to the Creator. her actions. Second Week Day 31 Theme for the Week: Knowledge Of The Blessed Virgin Imitation of Christ. de- pending on her for everything. find fault even with long-established and sound devotions. sick to the Healer. I acknowledge Thy goodness. Our Mother is also a perfect mold wherein we are to be molded in order to make her intentions and dispositions ours. hungry and thirsty to the Fountain of life. desolate to my own tender Comforter. her angelic sweetness. That we might thank God for the incomparable graces he has conferred upon Mary and especially that of choosing her to be his most worthy Mother. by Thomas á Kempis: Book IV. and give Thee thanks for Thy transcendent love. her ardent charity. which is the mystery proper mysteries of Christ and her union with Him. ii. with proud and critical minds. her continual mental prayer. Chapter 2 Acts of love. the Word life of Mary. her lively faith. We then avoid giving any pretext for criticism. in the great mystery of the Incarnation. her heroic pa. pious affection for the Blessed Virgin. "But whence is Montfort says. it is better to speak of "slavery of Jesus in Mary" and to call oneself "slave of Jesus" rather than "slave of Mary". her virtues. Saint Louis de Montfort asks that we employ ourselves in acquiring a And how is it that Thou dost vouchsafe to come unto a sinner? Thou knowest Thy serv- knowledge of the Blessed Virgin. to this devotion. That we might honour and imitate the wondrous dependence which God the Son chose to have on Mary. This dependence is revealed especially in this mystery where Jesus becomes a captive and slave in the womb of his Blessed Mother. In this 24 37 . March 25th. especially That the Great Goodness and Love of God Is Exhibited to Man in This Sacrament her profound humility. a) Since we live in an age of pride when a great number of haughty scholars. praise Thy tender mercy. Louis-Marie de Montfort. Let us then en. This we cannot achieve without studying the interior Loving slaves of Jesus in Mary should hold in high esteem devotion to Jesus. that Thou shouldest grant me Thine own self? how dare a sinner appear before Thee? We must unite ourselves to Jesus through Mary . her surpassing purity. as well as the grandeurs and prerogatives which are the foundation or consequences there- St. and art well aware that he hath in him no good thing. deavor to know the effects of this royalty. needy to the King of Heaven. for the glory of his Father and for the redemp- tion of man. therefore. namely." that Thou comest unto me (Luke 1:43)? What am I. her sentiments. and her divine wisdom: "there being. This choice was made in the mystery of the incarnation. I confess therefore mine own vileness. ant. her mortification in all things. Louis De Lord. I Mary is our sovereign and our mediatrix. These are the two princi- pal ends of the slavery of Jesus in Mary. "the ten principal virtues of the Blessed Virgin. O Lord. because it was inspired by the Holy Spirit for the following reasons: i. our Mother and our Mistress. for which Thou shouldest grant him this. In confidence of Thy goodness and great mercy." as St.

shall not then fear (Psalm 112:7) to hear the sentence of everlasting damnation. one on the right and one on the left. And those who passed by derid. ger. which read. And when they did not find him. “This is Jesus the King of the Jews. Book II. and was obedient to Cross. and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. in the Cross is life. And when they saw him they were astonished. he cannot save himself. "Depart from Me. they returned to Jerusalem. your father and I have been looking for you Unto many this seemeth an hard saying. for he said. he was called Jesus. And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them con- ed him. and all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his Of the King's High Way of the Holy Cross answers. anxiously. And the shepherds returned.” And he said to them. “Son. come down from the Mary kept all these things. Then all and in stature. and his mother said to him. He is the King of Israel. Litany of the Holy Name. let God deliver him now. and his mother kept all these things in her heart. Take up therefore thy Cross and follow Jesus (Luke 14:27). seeking him. mocked him.” Then two robbers were And they went with haste. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary. St. Why therefore fearest thou to take up the Cross which leadeth thee to a kingdom? In the Cross is St. "Deny thyself. in the Cross the perfection of holiness. And Jesus increased in wisdom the Cross shall be in the heaven. wagging their heads and saying. ye cursed. and found Mary and Joseph. he desires him. when he was circumcised. and we will believe in him. who in their life-time conformed themselves unto Christ crucified.” So also the chief priests. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. and the babe lying in a man- crucified with him. and follow Je. in the Cross joy of spirit. in the Cross is protection against our enemies. Imitation of Christ. save yourself! If you are the Son of God. This sign of them. And over his head they put the charge against him. let him come down now And at the end of eight days. But it in three days. Ave Maris Stella. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary and the Rosary salvation. and in favor with God and man. with the scribes and elders. sitting among the teachers. and O Jesus Living In Mary 36 25 . the servants of the Cross. why have you treated us so? Behold. And he went down with them and came to Nazareth. He trusts in God. “How is it that you sought me? Did you not know that sus" (Matthew 16:24). I must be in my Father’s house?” And they did not understand the saying which he into everlasting fire" (Matthew 25:41). Chapter 12 ing them questions. Ave Maris Stella. But much harder will it be to hear that last word. After three days they found him in the temple. saying. shall draw near unto Christ the Judge with great confidence. cross. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. “He glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. in the Cross the height of virtue. saved others. when the Lord shall come to judgment (Matthew 24:30). and thou shalt go into life everlasting. take up thy cross. listening to them and ask- Thomas á Kempis. “You who would destroy the temple and build cerning this child. pondering them in her heart. in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness. For they who now willingly hear and follow the word of the spoke to them.’” And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way. 45-52 The Crucifixion of Jesus They sat down and kept watch over him there. ‘I am the Son of God. if given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. in the Cross is strength of mind. as it had been told them. Day 30 Day 20 The Gospel of Matthew 27:36-44 The Gospel of Luke 2:16-21. the name from the cross.

Louis-Marie de Montfort. and all is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:2). to honor Mary's images and altars. and art thereby displeasing to the Trinity? Surely profound words do not make a man tures. Imitation of Christ. St. ty. to do all that we do. what would all that profit thee without the love of God (I and to Jesus through Mary. Chapter 1 True Devotion to Our Blessed Lady Of the Imitation of Christ. It leads us to join the Confraternities of the Holy of Christ (Romans 8:9). feel little desire after it. and be united with Him. This devotion is good. by which we are admonished. wards heavenly kingdoms. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. These are the used to come down to us to be made Man and to impart His graces to us. to our Lady. predestinate soul. come. and satisfactions. because they have not the Spirit and love. acting more out of love than with fear. and delivered from all blindness of heart. conse. St. avoiding mortal sin. if thou be void of humili- sin. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary. must endeavor to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ. Let do not speak of those which are false. saith the Lord. The third devotion holy and just. virtues. through Mary. But it is not so perfect as the next. Book I. of Christ. our merits. our exterior property such as house. is this I am about to disclose to than know the definition thereof. nor so efficient in severing our soul from crea. by contempt of the world to press forward to- without reserve: our body and soul. to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ. and after that. yet without having any special devotion to will find therein the hidden manna (A pocalypse 2:17). and to serve crate and sacrifice to Mary voluntarily lovingly and without constraint. of confidence and veneration. entirely and Him only. If thou didst know the whole Bible by heart.. with Mary Corintians 13:2). except to love God. and Contempt of all the Vanities of the World If we would go up to God. walketh not in darkness (John 8:12). From Secret of Mary. we must use the same means He He that followeth Me. known and practiced by very few persons. Ave Maris Stella. But it falleth out that many who her. and the you. honoring her as the Mother of God. The first consists in fulfilling our Christian duties. There are several true devotions to our Lady: here I manners. if we would truly be enlightened. therefore our chiefest endeavour be. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary and the Rosary 26 35 . graces. to publish her praises and to enroll ourselves in her modalities. Day 21 Day 29 St. This is the highest wisdom. The second consists in entertaining for our Lady more perfect feelings of esteem often hear the Gospel of Christ. praying to our Lady now The doctrine of Christ exceedeth all the doctrine of holy men. holy and praiseworthy if we keep ourselves free from What doth it avail thee to discourse profoundly of the Trinity. and he that hath the Spirit and then. in detaching ourselves in order to be united with Jesus Christ. 23-24 Thomas á Kempis. But Whosoever will fully and with relish understand the words Rosary and of the Scapular. It consists in giving one's self entirely and as a slave to Mary. I had rather feel contrition. but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God. and O Jesus Living In Mary Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. and also our interior and spiritual possessions: namely. how we ought to imitate His life and a true devotion to our Blessed Lady. Vanity of vanities. This means is words of Christ. and without His grace? in Mary and for Mary We should choose a special feast day on which we give. Litany of the Holy Name. Ave Maris Stella. to recite the five or the fifteen decades of the Holy Rosary. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. family and in. sayings of all the philosophers.

Litany of the Holy Name. and watch with me.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of age to oppose the fashions and maxims of the world. but the flesh is simply and solely because she has the right to be served and God alone in her. for this is my blood of the covenant. true devotion to our Lady is holy. “My Father. Her ten principal virtues are: deep humility. if it be possible. The Institution of the Lord’s Supper Second. that is. saying. time. It gives us the cour- “Sit here. “My Father. the high regard we have for her greatness. he went away and prayed. Jesus Prays in Gethsemane Fourth. Louis-Marie de Montfort. nev- Fifth. 36-46 St. Ave Maris Stella. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary. that is to say. lively faith. It prompts us to go to her in every need disciples and said. Rise. The true subject of Mary does not serve his illustri- sleeping. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary and the Rosary still sleeping and taking your rest? Behold. weak. ardent love. true devotion to our Lady is constant. “My soul is very tions of the flesh and the temptations of the devil.” And he took a cup. true devotion to our Lady is interior. St. while I go yonder and pray. fretful. heroic pa- tience. which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. for their eyes were heavy.” heart and follows from the esteem in which we hold her. given thanks he gave it to them. eat.” And going a little farther he Blessed Lady is not changeable. “Are you St. 26-29. surpassing purity. but as thou wilt. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. blind obedi- Father’s kingdom. unceasing prayer.” Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. “You know that after Marks of authentic devotion to our Lady two days the Passover is coming. and the Son of man will be delivered up to be cruci. that is. let us be going. Then he said to them. if this cannot pass unless I drink it. true devotion to Mary is disinterested. and prevents us from giving up our devotional practices too easily. and the love we bear her.” And again he came and found them sleeping. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. could you not watch with me one hour? Watch and ous Queen for selfish gain. constant self-denial.” ence. scrupulous or timid. First. Then he came to the disciples and said to them. Day 28 Day 22 The Gospel of Matthew 26:1-2. all of you. the spirit indeed is willing. it leads us to avoid sin and to imitate the not drink again of this fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new with you in my virtues of Mary. Jesus took bread. for the second time. it is trustful. angelic kindness. Ave Maris Stella. the Now as they were eating. thy will be done. and blessed. he said to his disciples. even to death. and he said to his disciples. “So. and when he had of body and soul with great simplicity. “Take. and gave it to the confidence that a child has for its loving Mother. So. It inspires us to seek God alone in his ertheless. let this cup pass from me. it comes from within the mind and the fied. I tell you I shall Third. saying the same words. and O Jesus Living In Mary 34 27 . He does not serve her for temporal or eternal well-being but pray that you may not enter into temptation. leaving them again. and he said to Peter. remain here. Thus a person truly devoted to our sorrowful.” Again. fell on his face and prayed. It strengthens us in our desire to do good Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsem′ane. “Drink of it. the vexations and unruly inclina- Zeb′edee. this is my body. see. my betrayer is at hand.” And he came to the disciples and found them Blessed Mother and not ourselves. not as I will. trust and affection. and broke it. and heavenly wisdom. 106-110 The Plot to Kill Jesus When Jesus had finished all these sayings. the hour is at hand. he began to be sorrowful and troubled. he went away and prayed for the third Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. it fills us with confidence in the Blessed Virgin.

the more one is consecrated to Jesus. devotion to her makes for with every spiritual blessing. Our soul with its faculties. and will certainly fall sooner or later. the present and the future. Louis Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. Louis-Marie de Montfort. That is why perfect consecration to Jesus is only model that we should imitate." says St. Our body with its senses and members. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It requires us to give: sus. He is the only Physician that can heal us. satisfy all our desires. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary and the Rosary 28 33 . The more one is consecrated to Lord on whom we should depend. Our present material possessions and all we shall acquire in the future. already shown and will show again later on. virtues and good If then we are establishing sound devotion to our Blessed Lady. and O Jesus Living In Mary St. iv. Ave Maris Stella. He alone is everything to us and he alone can holy baptism. This we do without any in fact she always is . 61-62 Nature of perfect devotion to the Blessed Virgin or perfect consecration to Jesus Christ Jesus. "We labour. God has laid no other foundation for our salvation. Litany of the Holy Name. united and consecrated to Jesus it nat- the beginning and end of everything. We are given no other name under heaven by which we can be This devotion consists in giving oneself entirely to Mary in order to belong entirely to saved. But this is far from being the case. unites. Louis-Marie de Montfort." For in him alone dwells the entire fullness of the divinity and consecrates us most completely to Jesus. by providing a smooth but certain way of reaching Jesus Christ. St. otherwise they would be false and misleading. we give her all that we possess both in our natural life and in our spiritu- al life as well as everything we shall acquire in the future in the order of nature. of have to reject it as an illusion of the devil. with him and in him. things and render all honour and glory to the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit. "only to make all men urally follows that the most perfect of all devotions is that which conforms. or in other words. it is only in order to es- actions of the past. perfection and glory than Je- Jesus through her. the only the most effective consecration and conformity to him. in return for our offering and our service. which is the Shepherd that can feed us. and perfect in Jesus Christ. is founded upon shifting sands i. 120-121 St. Through him. virtue and perfection. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. our merits. Day 23 Day 27 St. ly because it is a way of reaching Jesus perfectly. Paul. it is the perfect renewal of the vows and promises of lieve. or the smallest good deed. we can do all ii. not even of a penny.the most generous and appreciative of all God's creatures. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. And we give for all eternity without claiming or ex. our Saviour. Ave Maris Stella. iii. Now of all God's creatures Mary is the most the complete fullness of grace. He is the Alpha and the Omega. of all devotions. tablish devotion to our Lord more perfectly. and of glory in heaven. this devotion is necessary. the only Head to whom we should be united and the Mary. If devotion to our Lady distracted us from our Lord. de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary. It therefore follows that. he is the only teacher from whom we must learn. As all perfection consists in our being conformed. As I have grace. simply and sole- a hair. and serving him pecting. the only Truth that we can be- devotion I teach. any other reward than the honour of faithfully. that is. the only Way that can lead us. Every edifice which is not built on that firm rock. Our interior and spiritual possessions. we would In other words. In him alone we have been blessed conformed to Jesus. the only Life that can animate us. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. belonging to our Lord through Mary and in Mary. even though our Mother were not . the only but a perfect and complete consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin. loving him tenderly. true God and true man must be the ultimate end of all our other de- votions. we can make ourselves perfect and be for our neighbour a fragrance of eternal life.

namely. and consequently with greater speed. Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. His associa- we can attain to divine union by other roads. 152-164 During this period we shall apply ourselves to the study of Jesus Christ. St. and Jesus. perfect and sure way of attaining union with our Lord. or because. after having renounced Satan and the world. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary and the Rosary 32 29 . His grace and glory. since. and hidden life. What is to be This devotion is a smooth. short. the Inaccessible One. the reason is that it is too sublime to be appreciated and undertaken by everyone. studied in Christ? First the God-Man. The Most High. but these involve many more crosses and tion with Mary in the mysteries of the Annunciation and Incarnation. chose no other road for his great and wonderful journey. either because it is a road we do not wan- der from. It is quite true that and also His interior life. (b) This devotion is a short way to discover Jesus. the Incomprehensible One. (c) This devotion is a perfect way to reach our Lord and be united to him. the virtues and acts of His Sacred Heart. It is the path which Jesus Christ opened up in coming to sus Christ for our Lord. What next shall be the object of our study? His exterior actions us and in which there is no obstruction to prevent us reaching him. The devotion which I teach is not new. If it is not commonly practised. for Mary is the most perfect and the most holy of all creatures. because it is Mary's role to lead us safely to her Son. then His rights to sovereign in which Christian perfection consists. during His infancy exceptional setbacks and many difficulties that we cannot easily overcome. He who is. Indeed it could not be con- demned without overthrowing the foundations of Christianity. dominion over us. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is obvious then that this devotion is not new. as we have just said. at the feast of Cana and on Calvary. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. deigned to come down to us poor earthly creatures who are nothing at all. who came to us in a perfect manner. How was this done? The Most High God came down to us in a perfect way through the humble Virgin Mary. without losing any- thing of his divinity or holiness. We advance more in a brief period of submis- sion to Mary and dependence on her than in whole years of self-will and self-reliance. we have taken Je- (a) This devotion is a smooth way. (d) This devotion to our Lady is a sure way to go to Jesus and to acquire holiness through union with him. This devotion is a safe means of going to Jesus Christ. we walk along this road with greater ease and joy. Third Week Day 24 Theme for the Week: Knowledge Of Jesus Christ St. Louis-Marie de Montfort. Ave Maris Stella. It is likewise through Mary that we poor creatures must ascend to almighty God in a perfect manner without having anything to fear.

this great Lord. Her spirit will take the place of yours to rejoice in God. your loving Mother. prophets. to you to glorify the Lord. But as the kingdom of Jesus Christ exists primarily in the heart or interior of man. you will not look down slightingly the hands of God is. Consequently. more glory to Jesus in a month than in many years of a more demanding devotion. the humble Virgin world. dom of the Blessed Virgin is principally in the interior of man. the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ must i. that is. A share in Mary's faith: Mar y will shar e her faith with you." says a saint. ii. you will give Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. 213-225 St. "The kingdom of God is within you". principally in souls that she is glorified with her Son more than in any visible creature. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. according to the words of the Gospel. Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth by grace as Jesus is king by nature and by con- v. for he is God and therefore does not bounded confidence in God and in herself: Because you will no longer approach Je- change in his thoughts or his way of acting. sus by yourself but always through Mary. 12-38 Wonderful Effects of this Devotion "If you wish to understand the Mother. My My dear friend. fruit which is none other than Jesus. Transformation into the likeness of Jesus: If Mar y. being a mere creature fashioned by distaste and desire to be disregarded by others. compared to his infinite majesty. so the king- her Saviour. since he alone can say. However. it can only be as a necessary consequence of the knowledge and you through Mary. less than an atom. or rather is upon anyone. as is certain. tivated in our soul by fidelity to this devotion. Ave Maris Stella. To do all things he has only to will them. because God has decided to begin and accomplish his greatest works through the Blessed Virgin ever since he created her. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary and the Rosary 30 31 . "I am he who is"." Hic taceat omnis lingua : Here let every tongue be silent. Mary will share her humility with you so that. Ave Maris Stella. Queen of our hearts. simply nothing. If then. Great confidence in God and in Mary: Our Blessed Lady will fill you with un- he will not change his plan in the time to come. never had and does not now have any abso- was stronger than that of all the patriarchs. Knowledge of our unworthiness: By the light which the Holy Spir it will give come into the world. Her faith on ear th who is ever independent and self-sufficient. although you regard yourself with With the whole Church I acknowledge that Mary. St. ing things as they are. Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Louis-Marie de Montfort. but only if you are faithful to the practices of this devotion. Day 25 Day 26 St. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. I declare that. consider- and inordinate servile fear. you will perceive the evil inclinations of your reign of Mary. She is a worthy Mother of God. "then understand the Son. vii. she will in due time bring forth her So we may call her. St. be sure that if you remain faithful to the interior and exterior practices heart has dictated with special joy all that I have written to show that Mary has been un- of this devotion which I will point out. The gift of pure love: The Mother of fair love will r id your hear t of all scr uples of his glory. the Tr ee of Life. She who first gave him to the world will establish his kingdom in the fallen nature and how incapable you are of any good. as the saints do. the following effects will be produced in your known up till now. The greater glory of Christ: If you live this devotion sincer ely. we can safely believe that iv. in his soul. and that that is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ is not known as soul: he should be. his faithful spouse. True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary. Finally. apostles and saints. Louis de Montfort’s Prayer to Mary and the Rosary Recite: Litany of the Holy Spirit. Communication of the spirit of Mary: The soul of Mar y will be communicated quest. It is vi. lute need of the Blessed Virgin for the accomplishment of his will and the manifestation iii. is well cul. Louis-Marie de Montfort.