Dear Brothers and Sisters,
How very beautiful is God’s Providence., as we see Him working in the Body of Christ, His Church. September dedicated to the Sorrows of Mary leads us to ponder more of her Life with Jesus in all the Mysteries of Her Rosary now in October dedicated to the Holy Rosary. Certainly St. Therese of Lisieux pondered the Mysteries in her Rosary. I do not know if she read any of St. Louis de Montfort’s books : “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” or “The Secret of the Rosary” but she said:
“There is still one thing I have left to do before I die”, she confided to her sister Celine. “I have always dreamed of saying in a song to the Blessed Virgin everything I think about her.” In May 1987, Sr. Therese wrote her very last poem: "Why I Love You, O Mary! Like St. Louis de Montfort, St. Therese was steeped in Scripture and her poem is based on Mary as she is “seen” “heard” and “understood” by her little daughter. I’ve posted the link to this poem many times, but today I will post a ink to the best book of her poetry that I have read and the finest translation:
Let us listen to God speaking through all His saints and today continue to learn from “True Devotion” by St. Louis de Montfort:
The types and texts of the Old and New Testaments prove the truth of this, the opinions and examples of the saints confirm it, and reason and experience teach and demonstrate it. Even the devil and his followers, forced by the evidence of the truth, were frequently obliged against their will to admit it. For brevity’s sake, I shall quote one only of the many passages which I have collected from the Fathers and Doctors of the Church to support this truth. “Devotion to you, O Blessed Virgin, is a means of salvation which God gives to those whom he wishes to save” (St. John Damascene).
I could tell many stories in evidence of what I have just said.
(1) One is recorded in the chronicles of St. Francis. The saint saw in ecstasy an immense ladder reaching to heaven, at the top of which stood the Blessed Virgin. This is the ladder, he was told, by which we must all go to heaven.
(2) There is another related in the Chronicles of St. Dominic. Near Carcassonne, where St. Dominic was preaching the Rosary, there was an unfortunate heretic who was possessed by a multitude of devils. These evil spirits to their confusion were compelled at the command of our Lady to confess many great and consoling truths concerning devotion to her. They did this so clearly and forcibly that, however weak our devotion to our Lady may be, we cannot read this authentic story containing such an unwilling tribute paid by the devils to devotion to our Lady without shedding tears of joy.