Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion , Chapter 2 on “Marks of authentic devotion” :
- Fifth, true devotion to Mary is disinterested. It inspires us to seek God alone in his Blessed Mother and not ourselves. The true subject of Mary does not serve his illustrious Queen for selfish gain. He does not serve her for temporal or eternal well-being but simply and solely because she has the right to be served and God alone in her. He loves her not so much because she is good to him or because he expects something from her, but simply because she is lovable. That is why he loves and serves her just as faithfully in weariness and dryness of soul as in sweet and sensible fervour. He loves her as much on Calvary as at Cana. How pleasing and precious in the sight of God and his holy Mother must these servants of Mary be, who serve her without any self-seeking. How rare they are nowadays! It is to increase their number that I have taken up my pen to write down what I have been teaching with success both publicly and in private in my missions for many years.
How grateful I am to God for inspiring these words in his humble priest, St. Louis de Montfort! How grateful I am to St. Louis for being one of those “disinterested servants of Jesus and Mary” to persevere in seeking understanding of Mary and praying to the Holy Spirit for that Grace!
It reminds me of this morning’s Gospel for Mass in which Jesus tells us:
“Ask and it will be given to you…” (Mt 7: 7-12)