[quote="leeray, post:12, topic:139624"]
I have a question regarding the "little chains", St de Montfort discusses. I have read in other places that some people consider the chains from Holy necklaces to fit what St de Montfort ment but when I read True Devotion to Mary, he is very passionate on the value and need for these little chains of iron. I really want to do this to the deepest spiritual level. How would I get, and wear little iron chains? Go to Home Depot and get 6'' of little iron chain and figure out how to connect it? Is there anyone out there who found a way to really use little iron chain?
Thank you and God Bless,
[quote="Monica4316, post:13, topic:139624"]
I'm actually wondering the same thing! :confused: I don't think the 'little chains' are necessary, but De Montfort certainly does recommend them.. maybe it would make a good reminder :)
This link may help ewtn.com/library/Montfort/Handbook/Consecr.htm , especially the following paragraph:
c. The external sign of Consecration: little chains.
While insisting that the wearing of little chains is not essential for those who have willingly recognized their loving slavery to Jesus in Mary, nonetheless the missionary strongly encourages that this practice not be omitted. Since Montfort is basically recommending some clear external symbol of our baptismal Consecration through Mary, the substitutes mentioned when describing external practices of devotion to Mary in general would also apply here: "5. Carrying such signs of devotion to her as the rosary, the scapular, or a little chain" (TD 116). The ordinary chain that many wear with a cross or religious medal, a ring clearly symbolizing discipleship, the religious habit, all are legitimate substitutes for the little chain. Each culture will have its own manner of externally manifesting one’s Consecration, whether it be through a chain of some sort or through some other sign. Whatever it may be, the purpose of this recommendation should be fulfilled: "First, to remind the Christian of the vows and promises of his baptism, of the perfect renewal he has made of them by this devotion and of the strict obligation under which he is to be faithful to them . . . second, to show that we are not ashamed of the slavery and servitude of Jesus Christ and that we renounce the slavery of the world, of sin and of the devil . . . third, to protect ourselves against the chains of sin and of the devil for we must of necessity choose to wear either the chains of sin and damnation or the chains of love and salvation" (TD 238, 239). The chain or its substitute is, then, in Montfort’s eyes a constant effective sign both to us and to others, and also to the devil, of our Consecration to Jesus in Mary.