Wk 1 - Day 7 - "seeking true self-knowledge"


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Today, we conclude Wk 1 – trusting God to continue granting us true self-knowledge until we die to this world and see Him Who is Truth, eternally! Continuing Chap. 2:

It is more humble to have an intermediary with Christ

  1. It is more perfect because it supposes greater humility to approach God through a mediator rather than directly by ourselves. Our human nature, as I have just shown, is so spoilt that if we rely on our own work, effort and preparedness to reach God and please him, it is certain that our good works will be tainted and carry little weight with him. They will not induce him to unite himself to us or answer our prayers. God had his reasons for giving us mediators with him. He saw our unworthiness and helplessness and had pity on us. To give us access to his mercies he provided us with powerful advocates, so that to neglect these mediators and to approach his infinite holiness directly and without help from any one of them, is to be lacking in humility and respect towards God who is so great and holy. It would mean that we have less esteem for the King of kings than for an earthly king or ruler, for we would not dare approach an earthly king without a friend to speak for us.

  2. Our Lord is our Advocate and our Mediator of redemption with God the Father. It is through him that we must pray with the whole Church, triumphant and militant. It is through him that we have access to God the Father. We should never appear before God, our Father, unless we are supported by the merits of his Son, and, so to speak, clothed in them, as young Jacob was clothed in the skin of the young goats when he appeared before his father Isaac to receive his blessing.

  3. But have we no need at all of a mediator with the Mediator himself? …If in His infinite love He became our security and our Mediator with His Father, whom He wished to appease in order to redeem us from our debts, should we on that account show Him less respect and have less regard for the majesty and holiness of His person?.. the divinely-honoured Mary is the one most able to fulfil this office of love

Every day they should say the Litany of the Holy Spirit 1, … 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

Wk 2 (tomorrow) seeks deeper knowledge of Mary!


Paragraph 85 is interesting because it quickly points to the crucial, last enemy we must overcome - whether we do so in this life, or if not here now, in purgatory later, and if not either of those, there are no more options. The last enemy? Inordinate self-love: love of self even to the rejection and contempt of God. How can pride continue in a human soul! Only if we refuse to really, really look at and into ourselves.


Dear fide,

Thanks so much for your reply. Yes, God gave St. Louis de Montfort the Grace to see deeply into his own soul and the grace to encourage others to “seek true self-knowledge” which God wants to give us. St. Louis then points us to Mary, our Mother in Week 2 which we begin today. I encourage you and others, to read or re-read the treatise on"True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin" by St. Louis de Montfort.

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