Oct. 25 - Marks of false and authentic devotion to Mary

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

By God’s Grace, let us continue listening to True Devotion to hear God’s Wisdom:

  1. 3. It is difficult to persevere in holiness because of the excessively corrupting influence of the world. The world is so corrupt that it seems almost inevitable that religious hearts be soiled, if not by its mud, at least by its dust. It is something of a miracle for anyone to stand firm in the midst of this raging torrent and not be swept away; to weather this stormy sea and not be drowned, or robbed by pirates; to breathe this pestilential air and not be contaminated by it. It is Mary, the singularly faithful Virgin over whom Satan had never any power, who works this miracle for those who truly love her.

2. Marks of false and authentic devotion to Mary

  1. Now that we have established these five basic truths, it is all the more necessary to make the right choice of the true devotion to our Blessed Lady, for now more than ever there are false devotions to her which can easily be mistaken for true ones. The devil, like a counterfeiter and crafty, experienced deceiver, has already misled and ruined many Christians by means of fraudulent devotions to our Lady. Day by day he uses his diabolical experience to lead many more to their doom, fooling them, lulling them to sleep in sin and assuring them that a few prayers, even badly said, and a few exterior practices, inspired by himself, are authentic devotions. A counterfeiter usually makes coins only of gold and silver, rarely of other metals, because these latter would not be worth the trouble. Similarly, the devil leaves other devotions alone and counterfeits mostly those directed to Jesus and Mary, for example, devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to the Blessed Virgin, because these are to other devotions what gold and silver are to other metals.

  2. It is therefore very important, first, to recognise false devotions to our Blessed Lady so as to avoid them, and to recognize true devotion in order to practise it. Second, among so many different forms of true devotion to our Blessed Lady we should choose the one most perfect and the most pleasing to her, the one that gives greater glory to God and is most sanctifying for us.

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your Faithful, kindle in us the Fire of Your Love. Guide us Holy Spirit into all Truth as Jesus promised. ( cf Jn 16:13)

Jesus, we trust in You! Mary, Mother and Model for the Church pray for us!

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Dear Dorothy,

Thanks so much for your “heart”, and your love for Jesus through Mary.

Do you wonder, as I do, how many Catholics today are being deceived by the evil one who is such a “counterfeiter” as St. Louis de Montfort wrote in this chapter 2 of “True Devotion”?

A counterfeiter usually makes coins only of gold and silver, rarely of other metals, because these latter would not be worth the trouble. Similarly, the devil leaves other devotions alone and counterfeits mostly those directed to Jesus and Mary, for example, devotion to the Holy Eucharist and to the Blessed Virgin, because these are to other devotions what gold and silver are to other metals.

Please let us pray for one another, for the Church, and for all those in most need of God’s Mercy!

Editing to add this today:

I also wonder at the few replies to this particular post – especially in light of paragraph # 89. Do people not have eyes to see the corrupting influence of the world today? Do they not hear it in the news of the day?

It makes me wonder also at the words of Jesus:

When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?

Are catholics especially lacking in the Supernatural gift of Faith given in Baptism? Have clergy and people drifted so far drifted so far from the teaching of Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Official Magisterium of the Church.

We need to do as Jesus said from His Cross:

Behold your Mother!

We need to see by Supernatural Faith the beauty of our Mother Mary, full of Grace and the Model she is for the Church.

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