Liguori vs. Montfort

Hey! So if you’ve read St. Louis de Montfort’s “True Devotion,” and/or St. Alphonsus Liguori’s “The Glories of Mary,” what do you think the strengths and weaknesses of each saint’s approach to Marian doctrine is? Personally I couldn’t manage to get past paragraph 50 of TD, but I’m already 70 pages into TGoM and really like how Liguori reasons through stuff. I think it has to do with having Asperger’s because while Montfort would draw conclusions with little to no sources (allowing different points to be questioned to death), Liguori puts all of his sources (even some for the same things that Montfort left sourceless). That’s not meant to bash St. Louis though- I just prefer the thoroughness with which St. Alphonsus wrote and have added four more of his books to my cart on Amazon. What are y’all’s thoughts?


I like how Liguori has more devotions that he puts at the end.

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They’re both fine.
The only thing that bugs me a little about St Alphonsus is when his scruples show a bit.
St. Louis seems like an effusive Frenchman.

Truth be told, I prefer St. Maximilian Kolbe to them both.


I love both of them (and have TGoM & TD).

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You may not have gotten far enough, but St. Louis de Montfort does address his lack of citations. The intended audience were the lay people who were relatively uneducated, maybe didn’t understand Latin that well, and wouldn’t have benefitted from such citations.

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You must be in the Legion of Mary.

Don’t have either of the books you’ve mentioned. I do have The Secret of the Rosary for renewal and salvation by St. Louis de Montfort. The Secret of the Rosary

There is also an older version you can read online at - The Secret of The Rosary

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