Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On this beautiful Feast of All Saints, how good it is to be pondering authentic devotion to the Queen of all Saints, our Mother Mary! St. Louis de Montfort in his treatise on “True Devotion” wrote:
- We must, then, carefully avoid joining the critical devotees, who believe nothing and find fault with everything; the scrupulous ones who, out of respect for our Lord, are afraid of having too much devotion to his Mother; the exterior devotees whose devotion consists entirely in outward practices; the presumptuous devotees who under cover of a fictitious devotion to our Lady wallow in their sins; the inconstant devotees who, being unstable, change their devotional practices or abandon them altogether at the slightest temptation; the hypocritical ones who join confraternities and wear emblems of our Lady only to be thought of as good people; finally, the self-interested devotees who pray to our Lady only to be rid of bodily ills or to obtain material benefits.
2. Marks of authentic devotion to our Lady
After having explained and condemned false devotions to the Blessed Virgin we shall now briefly describe what true devotion is. It is interior, trustful, holy, constant and disinterested.
First, true devotion to our Lady is interior, that is, it comes from within the mind and the heart and follows from the esteem in which we hold her, the high regard we have for her greatness, and the love we bear her.
The first mark of authentic devotion is truly the most important –
it is interior - it comes from within. Let us ask the Holy Spirit today, to give us an increase in His Grace that we may grow in greater esteem in which we hold our Mother, and the love we bear her, as all the saints throughout the ages have done!
Let us ask Jesus her Son and our Lord the Incarnate Word of God, made flesh in her womb to teach us to love her as He loved her and loves her now that we might be united with His Mind and Heart within our souls.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit look with Mercy on your children, that we may grow in holiness as you have called us to be holy as You are Holy, through Mary given to us as our Mother by Jesus from His Cross. Beholding our Mother, may we become the saints you have called us to be! Amen.