Chapter 1 - Necessity of Devotion to Our Lady

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

St. Louis de Montfort is not stating something new here for he is a saint who prayerfully studied the Scriptures and carefully studied the Catholic Scholars and holy Saints who wrote before he did. Like all the Saints he is a true son of God and speaks the truth he learned by the power of the Holy Spirit. The Church in every age is careful to sort out whatever may be detrimental and warn the faithful to be discerning always. As I’ve mentioned before, St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Calcutta read St. Louis de Montfort and Consecrated themselves by praying his Act of Consecration. We can see effects in their lived devotion to Jesus through Mary, which urge us to read for ourselves this Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin.

PART I: TRUE DEVOTION TO OUR LADY IN GENERAL - CHAPTER ONE - NECESSITY OF DEVOTION TO OUR LADY

  1. Mary’s part in the Incarnation

  2. With the whole Church I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, compared to his infinite majesty, less than an atom, or rather is simply nothing, since he alone can say, “I am he who is”. Consequently, this great Lord, who is ever independent and self-sufficient, never had and does not now have any absolute need of the Blessed Virgin for the accomplishment of his will and the manifestation of his glory. To do all things he has only to will them.

  3. However, I declare that, considering things as they are, because God has decided to begin and accomplish his greatest works through the Blessed Virgin ever since he created her, we can safely believe that he will not change his plan in the time to come, for he is God and therefore does not change in his thoughts or his way of acting.

  4. God the Father gave his only Son to the world only through Mary. Whatever desires the patriarchs may have cherished, whatever entreaties the prophets and saints of the Old Law may have had for 4,000 years to obtain that treasure, it was Mary alone who merited it and found grace before God by the power of her prayers and the perfection of her virtues. “The world being unworthy,” said Saint Augustine, “to receive the Son of God directly from the hands of the Father, he gave his Son to Mary for the world to receive him from her.”

The Son of God became man for our salvation but only in Mary and through Mary.

God the Holy Spirit formed Jesus Christ in Mary but only after having asked her consent through one of the chief ministers of his court.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful; Kindle in us the Fire of Your Love.

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