Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Chapter 7 continues and includes St. Louis de Montfort’s method for consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary, in his book on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” .
A few clarifications before you read today’s post:
paragraph 227 states this devotion “has not been erected into a confraternity” - this was true when St. Louis wrote this, but after his death and through the Montfort Fathers there is now: “The Association of Mary, Queen of All Hearts.” – See HERE
please notice when St. Louis writes “they may if they wish” - he makes some suggestions, but does not require certain prayers or action, however, at times he writes “they should” etc.
“the first part of this preparation for the reign of Jesus Christ” is a reference to the first part of the book “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”. Some of you may already know these things, but I wanted to clarify for newcomers. Please don’t hesitate to ask questions, or comment on your own experience in the hope of helping others, by God’s Grace.
1. Preparation and Consecration
Those who desire to take up this special devotion, (which has not been erected into a confraternity, although this would be desirable), should spend at least twelve days in emptying themselves of the spirit of the world, which is opposed to the spirit of Jesus, as I have recommended in the first part of this preparation for the reign of Jesus Christ. They should then spend three weeks imbuing themselves with the spirit of Jesus through the most Blessed Virgin. Here is a programme they might follow:
During the first week they should offer up all their prayers and acts of devotion to acquire knowledge of themselves and sorrow for their sins.
Let them perform all their actions in a spirit of humility. With this end in view they may, if they wish, meditate on what I have said concerning our corrupted nature, and consider themselves during six days of the week as nothing but sails, slugs, toads, swine, snakes and goats. Or else they may meditate on the following three considerations of St. Bernard: “Remember what you were - corrupted seed; what you are - a body destined for decay; what you will be -food for worms.”
They will ask our Lord and the Holy Spirit to enlighten them saying, “Lord, that I may see,” or “Lord, let me know myself,” or the “Come, Holy Spirit”. Every day they should say the Litany of the Holy Spirit, with the prayer that follows, as indicated in the first part of this work. They will turn to our Blessed Lady and beg her to obtain for them that great grace which is the foundation of all others, the grace of self-knowledge. For this intention they will say each day the Ave Maris Stella and the Litany of the Blessed Virgin.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful. Kindle in us the Fire of Your Love!