Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Having been blessed by reading about Mary and the Mass recently, I went back to St. Louis de Montfort’s treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” after Mass this morning and after reading another reply to my first thread on Mary and the Mass, so I could begin this thread on Mary and our receiving Holy Communion.
For a long time I’ve practiced some of the suggestions St. Louis De Montfort wrote as a Supplement for practicing True Devotion at Holy Communion. I will only include a few:
Before Holy Communion
- Place yourself humbly in the presence of God…
…Implore Mary to lend you her heart so that you may receive her Son with her dispositions.
During Holy Communion
268 …Tell Him that although you are a great sinner you still presume to approach Him, supported by His holy Mother and adorned with her merits and virtues…
After Holy Communion
After Holy Communion, close your eyes and recollect yourself. Then usher Jesus into the heart of Mary: you are giving Him to his Mother who will receive Him with great love and give Him the place of honour, adore Him profoundly, show Him perfect love, embrace Him intimately in spirit and in truth, and perform many offices for him of which we, in our ignorance, would know nothing.
Or, maintain a profoundly humble heart in the presence of Jesus dwelling in Mary…
Or, ask Jesus living in Mary that his kingdom may come upon earth through his holy Mother. Ask for divine Wisdom, divine love, the forgiveness of your sins, or any other grace, but always through Mary and in Mary…
Remember these are only his suggestions, but I have found them helpful and use some of them – not every time – and I do not have the saint’s words memorized, but it is with similar sentiments, that I’m always grateful to be receiving Jesus through and with Mary in a special way.
Clicking on the link at the beginning of this thread today will take you to the online version of True Devotion, and clicking on the “Supplement” (last item in the index) you can read the full list of suggestions from paragraph 266 through 272.