Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Those of us who have been trying to practice “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin” for some time now, can appreciate what St. Louis de Montfort wrote in paragraphs 76 -77. To be a love slave of Mary by Consecrating oneself totally to Jesus through her, has been and is a great grace in our lives. Yet, we know that without Grace we can do nothing and so we continue to pray for more grace to love Jesus through Mary even more!
Moreover, if, as I have said, the Blessed Virgin is the Queen and Sovereign of heaven and earth, does she not then have as many subjects and slaves as there are creatures? “All things, including Mary herself, are subject to the power of God. All things, God included, are subject to the Virgin’s power”, so we are told by St. Anselm, St. Bernard, St. Bernardine and St. Bonaventure. Is it not reasonable to find that among so many slaves there should be some slaves of love, who freely choose Mary as their Queen? Should men and demons have willing slaves, and Mary have none? A king makes it a point of honour that the queen, his consort, should have her own slaves, over whom she has right of life and death, for honour and power given to the queen is honour and power given to the king. Could we possibly believe that Jesus, the best of all sons, who shared His power with His Blessed Mother, would resent her having her own slaves? Has He less esteem and love for His Mother than Ahasuerus had for Esther, or Solomon for Bathsheba? Who could say or even think such a thing?
But where is my pen leading me? Why am I wasting my time proving something so obvious? If people are unwilling to call themselves slaves of Mary, what does it matter? Let them become and call themselves slaves of Jesus Christ, for this is the same as being slaves of Mary, since Jesus is the fruit and glory of Mary. This is what we do perfectly in the devotion we shall discuss later.
Today is the “birthday of the Legion of Mary” founded on Sept. 7, 1921 in Dublin Ireland. It was on this evening that the Servant of God, Frank Duff, the Legion’s founder who had made his Act of Consecration met with his parish priest and a small group who also consecrated themselves praying St. Louis De Montfort’s Act of Consecration. They sought guidance on how to LIVE the words they prayed. They knelt before a statue of Mary, prayed to the Holy Spirit and then prayed the Rosary - and the Legion was born! You can read more at: https://www.legionofmary.ie