Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Continuing prayerfully to read and to hear with the “ears of our hearts” words God gave to St. Louis de Montfort in writing his treatise on “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin”:
Now the Councils, the Fathers of the Church and experience itself, all indicate that the best remedy for the frequent lapses of Christians is to remind them of the responsibilities of their baptism and have them renew the vows they made at that time. Is it not reasonable therefore to do this in our day and in a perfect manner by adopting this devotion with its consecration to our Lord through his Blessed Mother? I say “in a perfect manner”, for in making this consecration to Jesus they are adopting the perfect means of giving themselves to Him, which is the most Blessed Virgin Mary.
No one can object that this devotion is novel or of no value. It is not new, since the Councils, the Fathers of the Church, and many authors both past and present, speak of consecration to our Lord or renewal of baptismal vows as something going back to ancient times and recommended to all the faithful. Nor is it valueless, since the chief source of moral disorders and the consequent eternal loss of Christians spring from the forgetfulness of this practice and indifference to it.
We do not hear much about renewal of Baptismal vows except perhaps at Easter when it becomes part of the liturgy, nor do we hear much about the gravity of the Original Sin or even sin (mortal and/or venial sins) being so rampant in our culture today – even during Lent when we are called in a special way to repentance. Is it any wonder that so many Catholics have become weak or have fallen away? This is the month of the Rosary and for centuries the Church has called upon Mary for help. God has given her to the Church as Mother and our perfect human Model – for she perfectly followed Jesus to the Cross and remained faithful as the Church is called to do.
Hopefully, all who are reading these threads on St. Louis de Montfort’s treatise will continue to ponder the Truth he was given by the Holy Spirit for the Church in his time and for us today.
Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of Your faithful; kindle in us the Fire of Your Love. Jesus we trust in You! Mary our Mother and Model, pray for us. St. Joseph, St. Louis de Montfort and all you holy Saints and Angels, pray for us.