Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we continue to listen to the Wisdom, God gave to St. Louis de Montfort in writing “True Devotion”. In our time as in the time of St. Louis there were persons who did not understand the Truth God conveys to us through Scripture, Tradition and the official Magisterium of the Church.
St. Louis de Montfort was a priest who loved God and chose for his motto: “God Alone”. In seeking to do God’s Will, all the Saints have looked to Mary, in obedience to the words of Jesus from His Cross on Calvary, to His Beloved Disciple John standing with Mary:
Behold your Mother.
John took her into his home and into his life. In Chapter 3 of True Devotion, St. Louis continues to explain “…why perfect consecration to Jesus is but a perfect and complete consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin…”:
(2) It follows then that anyone who in this way consecrates and sacrifices himself voluntarily to Jesus through Mary may no longer dispose of the value of any of his good actions. All his sufferings, all his thoughts, words, and deeds belong to Mary. She can then dispose of them in accordance with the will of her Son and for his greater glory. This dependence, however, is without detriment to the duties of a person’s present and future state of life. One such duty, for example, would be that of a priest who, by virtue of his office or otherwise, must apply the satisfactory or prayer value of the Holy Mass to a particular person. For this consecration can only be made in accordance with the order established by God and in keeping with the duties of one’s state of life.
(3) It follows that we consecrate ourselves at one and the same time to Mary and to Jesus. We give ourselves to Mary because Jesus chose her as the perfect means to unite himself to us and unite us to him. We give ourselves to Jesus because he is our last end. Since he is our Redeemer and our God we are indebted to him for all that we are.
We thank you Lord for your working in all the saints to show us how great a Love You have for Mary, and how you have given her to us as our Mother and Model. Come, Holy Spirit, kindle in us the Fire of Your Love. Jesus, I trust in You! Mary, Mother and Model of the Church, pray for us.