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Title: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 05, 2010, 02:14:43 PM
The essential practice of this devotion is to perform all our actions with Mary. This means that we must take her as the accomplished model for all we have to do. Before undertaking anything, we must forget self and abandon our own views. We must consider ourselves as a mere nothing before God, as being personally incapable of doing anything supernaturally worthwhile or anything conducive to our salvation. We must have habitual recourse to our Lady, becoming one with her and adopting her intentions, even though they are unknown to us. Through Mary we must adopt the intentions of Jesus. In other words, we must become an instrument in Mary's hands for her to act in us and do with us what she pleases, for the greater glory of her Son; and through Jesus for the greater glory of the Father. In this way, we pursue our interior life and make spiritual progress only in dependence on Mary.


St Louis de Montefort



When we have recourse to this divine Mother, not only we may be sure of her protection, but that often we shall be heard more quickly, and be thus preserved, if we have recourse to Mary and call on her holy name, than we should be if we called on the name of Jesus our Saviour: ..... that to Jesus , as judge, it belongs also to punish; but mercy alone belongs to the Blessed Virgin as a patroness.


St. Anselm


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 05, 2010, 02:30:53 PM
Matthew 5:1-19

And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him. And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.



Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement of your own will; mortification, purity of heart. This purity is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light of faith. The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ. The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God; a denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience; thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ, which is also that of Mary.

It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life. By disobedience to God's laws and the abuse of created things. Its works are: sin in all forms, then all else by which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to the mind, and seduction and corruption to the will. Its pomps are the splendor and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places and things.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 05, 2010, 05:06:48 PM
So if one starts today it ends on December 8th?  :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 05, 2010, 07:42:05 PM
So if one starts today it ends on December 8th?  :D


Right, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 05, 2010, 07:50:04 PM
So if one starts today it ends on December 8th?  :D


Right, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

What more can you tell us about it? :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 05, 2010, 08:10:28 PM
If at all possible, read "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin," written by St. Louis de Montfort and decide for certain whether to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary. Read carefully, and don't take this lightly; consecrating oneself has the character of a vow.
 
St. Louis-Marie breaks these 33 days into sections, each section having its own prayers, and each particular day having its own brief readings with which to fill the mind for that day (the readings come from Sacred Scripture, "The Imitation of Christ," and "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary"). Don't just read the readings, internalize them; don't let your lips just mouth the prayers, truly pray them.


One of the prayers we will be praying for the next 12 days is:

Veni Creator

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 05, 2010, 08:19:01 PM
If at all possible, read "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin," written by St. Louis de Montfort and decide for certain whether to consecrate yourself to Jesus through Mary. Read carefully, and don't take this lightly; consecrating oneself has the character of a vow.
 
St. Louis-Marie breaks these 33 days into sections, each section having its own prayers, and each particular day having its own brief readings with which to fill the mind for that day (the readings come from Sacred Scripture, "The Imitation of Christ," and "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary"). Don't just read the readings, internalize them; don't let your lips just mouth the prayers, truly pray them.


One of the prayers we will be praying for the next 12 days is:

Veni Creator

Come, Holy Spirit, Creator blest,
and in our souls take up Thy rest;
come with Thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which Thou hast made.

O comforter, to Thee we cry,
O heavenly gift of God Most High,
O fount of life and fire of love,
and sweet anointing from above.

Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts are known;
Thou, finger of God's hand we own;
Thou, promise of the Father,
Thou Who dost the tongue with power imbue.

Kindle our sense from above,
and make our hearts o'erflow with love;
with patience firm and virtue high
the weakness of our flesh supply.

Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Oh, may Thy grace on us bestow
the Father and the Son to know;
and Thee, through endless times confessed,
of both the eternal Spirit blest.

Now to the Father and the Son,
Who rose from death, be glory given,
with Thou, O Holy Comforter,
henceforth by all in earth and heaven. Amen.


Ah, I love that one!  :D

Good advice Brigid! Thank you!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 05, 2010, 08:21:40 PM
Thank you Brigid for giving us this oportunity to avail of the great blessings attached to this true devotuion to Mary. I will be following it and putting into practice as best I can each stage.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 05, 2010, 08:23:13 PM
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Far from us drive the foe we dread,
and grant us Thy peace instead;
so shall we not, with Thee for guide,
turn from the path of life aside.

Amen!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 05, 2010, 09:39:11 PM
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The essential practice of this devotion is to perform all our actions with Mary.

So it seems to me the devotion is, and truly benefits you in.. coming to know and appreciate Our Lady and her presence in our lives.

What greater benefit could there be than to begin to know better the heart of the Blessed Virgin? And to see her work in your life?


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 05, 2010, 09:56:38 PM
I also believe that this devotion brings one into the realization that not only is Mary the one we need to go to for things that we might be afraid of approaching Our Lord for, but that He is the true end from which these graces flow.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 05, 2010, 10:00:43 PM
I also believe that this devotion brings one into the realization that not only is Mary the one we need to go to for things that we might be afraid of approaching Our Lord for, but that He is the true end from which these graces flow.

Yes, truly! She is the shining beacon of devotion to Our Lord. Words are not enough..


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 06, 2010, 12:26:21 PM
2nd Day


Matthew 5:48, 6:1-15

Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect....Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou dost an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth. That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee. And when ye pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, that love to stand and pray in the synagogues and corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men: Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee. And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens. For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard. Be not you therefore like to them, for your Father knoweth what is needful for you, before you ask him. Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our supersubstantial bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen. For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences. But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 06, 2010, 01:02:53 PM
Thou shalt present Me with no petition that shall be refused. My Mother, ask what thou wilt, for never will I refuse thee anything; and know that I promise graciously to hear all those who ask any favor of Me in thy name, though they may be sinners, if only they have the will to amend their lives.


Our Lord Jesus to St. Bridget
Also Lord Jesus to St. Gertrude


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 06, 2010, 03:09:35 PM
A very Providential reading Brigid, given the discussion of late!

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Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven.

Our Lady is such a comfort!
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Thou shalt present Me with no petition that shall be refused. My Mother, ask what thou wilt, for never will I refuse thee anything; and know that I promise graciously to hear all those who ask any favor of Me in thy name, though they may be sinners, if only they have the will to amend their lives.

Thank you for doing this consecration for us all! :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 06, 2010, 08:35:07 PM
Thou shalt present Me with no petition that shall be refused. My Mother, ask what thou wilt, for never will I refuse thee anything; and know that I promise graciously to hear all those who ask any favor of Me in thy name, though they may be sinners, if only they have the will to amend their lives.


Our Lord Jesus to St. Bridget
Also Lord Jesus to St. Gertrude


What hope the Blessed Virgin inspires in us all. If she asks for us, then God will not refuse her.  :angelbell:

Thank you Brigid.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 07, 2010, 03:04:12 PM
3rd Day


Matthew 7:1-14

Judge not, that you may not be judged, For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again. Any why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you. Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened. Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone? Or if he shall ask him a fish, will he reach him a serpent? If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him? All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!


Magnificat

My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. Because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid; for behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because He that is mighty hath done great things to me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is from generation to generations, to them that fear Him. He hath showed might in His arm; He hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat; and hath exalted the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. He hath received Israel His servant, being mindful of His mercy. As He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed forever. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 07, 2010, 03:09:52 PM
God has filled Mary with all graces, so that men may receive by her means, as by a channel, every good thing that comes to them.

St. Bernard



But now that Mary has been given to the world, heavenly graces constantly flow through her on all.

St. Alphonsus Liguoir



All graces that have ever been bestowed on men, all came through Mary.

St. Antoninus


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 08, 2010, 04:04:43 PM
4th Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapters 7, 40

That man has no good of himself, and that he cannot glory in anything Lord, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him; or the son of man, that Thou visit him? What has man deserved that Thou should give him grace? Lord, what cause have I to complain, if Thou forsakest me, or what can I justly allege, if what I petition Thou shalt not grant? This most assuredly, I may truly think and say: Lord I am nothing, I can do nothing of myself, that is good, but I am in all things defective and ever tend to nothing. And unless I am assisted and interiorly instructed by Thee, I become wholly tepid and relaxed, but Thou, O Lord, art always the same, and endurest unto eternity, ever good, just and holy, doing all things well, justly and holily and disposing them in wisdom.

But I who am more inclined to go back, than to go forward, continue not always in one state, for I am changed, seven different times. But it quickly becomes better when it pleases Thee, and Thou stretchest out Thy helping hand: for Thou alone, without man's aid can assist me and so strengthen me, that my countenance shall be more diversely changed: but my heart be converted and find its rest in Thee alone.

He who would be too secure in time of peace will often be found too much dejected in time of war. If you could always continue to be humble and little in your own eyes, and keep your spirit in due order and subjection, you would not fall so easily into danger and offense. It is good counsel that, when you have conceived the spirit of fervor, you should meditate how it will be when that light shall be withdrawn.



Ave Maris Stella

Hail, O Star of the ocean,
God's own Mother blest,
ever sinless Virgin,
gate of heav'nly rest.   

Taking that sweet Ave,
which from Gabriel came,
peace confirm within us,
changing Eve's name.

Break the sinners' fetters,
make our blindness day,
Chase all evils from us,
for all blessings pray.

Show thyself a Mother,
may the Word divine
born for us thine Infant
hear our prayers through thine.

Virgin all excelling,
mildest of the mild,
free from guilt preserve us
meek and undefiled.

Keep our life all spotless,
make our way secure
till we find in Jesus,
joy for evermore.

Praise to God the Father,
honor to the Son,
in the Holy Spirit,
be the glory one. Amen.



Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 08, 2010, 04:13:00 PM
See, O souls, with what tender devotion Our Lord wills that we should honor Our Queen, by always having recourse to her protection; and by relying on it; for in Mary He has placed the plenitude of every good, so that henceforward we may know and acknowledge that whatever hope, grace, or other advantage we possess, all come from the hand of Mary.

St. Bernard



All graces of the spiritual life that descend from Christ, their head, to the faithful, who are His mystical body, are transmitted through the instrumentality of Mary.

St. Bernardine of Sienna


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 08, 2010, 04:25:14 PM
Beautiful and moving reflections Brigid on the goodness of God and our need of the Blessed Virgin.

I'm reading the True Devotion again while following your daily meditations and I'm discovering new passages that I must have skimmed over in previous readings.

If you don't have Mary as your mother, then you don't have God as your Father.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 08, 2010, 04:32:44 PM
This is so good for me. I see everything so much more clearly since I started reading St. Alphonsus' Hail Holy Queen. I've had a devotion to Mary since I was little, but never really understood why and sometimes felt a little silly. :-[ Now I don't need to feel silly.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 08, 2010, 04:52:59 PM
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I've had a devotion to Mary since I was little, but never really understood why and sometimes felt a little silly.

Our Lady has chosen you from an early age Brigid. Thats why!  :D
As St Louis de Monfort said, "When someone has devotion to the Blessed Virgin it's a sure sign of predestination."



Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 08, 2010, 05:06:58 PM
That just shows God's mercy and compassion as not only was I not Catholic or even Christian, but I was not even baptized! My grandmother had me read from St. Luke's infancy narrative often and I sometimes went to church with her (Episcopalian).


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 08, 2010, 05:15:27 PM
Our Lady certainly has you enfolded in her robes! :D

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He who would be too secure in time of peace will often be found too much dejected in time of war. If you could always continue to be humble and little in your own eyes, and keep your spirit in due order and subjection, you would not fall so easily into danger and offense. It is good counsel that, when you have conceived the spirit of fervor, you should meditate how it will be when that light shall be withdrawn.

This really speaks to me.. it reminds me of how we can yearn for consolations and become dejected without them, instead of, which I should do, but do not, use them as times for preparation for the times without them so we do not become dejected but instead become ready for the battle and trusting in God even when He is not palpable.

It reminds me of the last words on the cross.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 08, 2010, 05:15:48 PM
That is truly wonderful..
As our Lord said to the disciples, "You did not chose me. No, I choose you."
And He used His beloved mother to do so.

How blessed we all are.  :cheers:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 09, 2010, 03:45:32 PM
5th Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapter 40

Wherefore, but I did know well, how to cast from me all human comfort, either for the sake of devotion, or through the necessity by which I am compelled to seek Thee, because there is no man that can comfort me. Then might I deservedly hope in Thy favor, and rejoice in the gift of a new consolation. Thanks be to Thee from Whom all things proceed, as often as it happens to me. I, indeed, am but vanity, and nothing in Thy sight , an inconstant and weak man. Where, therefore, can I glory, or for what do I desire to be thought of highly?

Forsooth of my very nothingness; and this is most vain. Truly vainglory is an evil plague, because it draws away from true glory, and robs us of heavenly grace. For, while a man takes complacency in himself, he displeases Thee; while he wants for human applause, he is deprived of true virtues. But true, glory and holy exultation is to glory in Thee, and not in one's self; to rejoice in Thy Name, but not in one's own strength. To find pleasure in no creature, save only for Thy sake. Let Thy Name be praised, not mine; let Thy work be magnified, not mine; let Thy Holy Name be blessed, but let nothing be attributed to me of the praise of men. Thou art my glory; Thou art the exultation of my heart; in Thee, will I glory and rejoice all the day; but for myself, I will glory in nothing but in my infirmities.




Glory Be

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 09, 2010, 03:49:43 PM
Set us not imagine that we obscure the glory of the Son by the great praise we lavish on the Mother; for the more she is honored the greater is the glory of her Son.

St. Bernard



I desire to be the servant of the Son; but because no one will ever be so without serving the Mother, for this reason I desire the servitude of Mary.

St Ildephonsus


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 09, 2010, 07:13:44 PM
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To find pleasure in no creature, save only for Thy sake.

 :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 09, 2010, 08:24:14 PM
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but for myself, I will glory in nothing but in my infirmities.

I often wondered how one is meant to glory in weaknesses but I think I'm beginning to realize what's meant by this. That we are powerless unless Gods mercy comes to the rescue and that is truly something to glory in.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 10, 2010, 02:56:51 PM
6th Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 18
On the examples of the Holy Fathers.

Look upon the lively examples of the holy Fathers in whom shone real perfection and the religious life, and you will see how little it is, and almost nothing that we do. Alas, what is our life when we compare it with theirs? Saints and friends of Christ, they served our Lord in hunger and in thirst, in cold, in nakedness, in labor and in weariness, in watching, in fasting, prayers and holy meditations, and in frequent persecutions and reproaches. Oh, how many grievous tribulations did the Apostles suffer and the Martyrs and Confessors and Virgins, and all the rest who resolved to follow the steps of Christ! For they hated their lives in this world, that they might keep them in life everlasting. Oh what a strict and self-renouncing life the holy Fathers of the desert led! What long and grievous temptations did they bear! How often were they harassed by the enemy, what frequent and fervent prayers did they offer up to God, what rigorous abstinence did they practice!

What a valiant contest waged they to subdue their imperfections! What purity and straightforwardness of purpose kept they towards God! By day they labored, and much of the night they spent in prayer; though while they labored, they were far from leaving off mental prayer. They spent all their time profitably. Every hour seemed short to spend with God; and even their necessary bodily refreshment was forgotten in the great sweetness of contemplation. They renounced all riches, dignities, honors and kindred; they hardly took what was necessary for life. It grieved them to serve the body even in its necessity. Accordingly, they were poor in earthly things, but very rich in grace and virtues.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 10, 2010, 03:05:56 PM
Of course no human life is free from faults; only the Immaculate Virgin presents herself in absolute purity before God's Majesty. What a joy to remember she is our Mother! Since she loves us and knows our weakness, what have we to fear?

St. Therese of Lisieux


Thus does Jesus address His Mother: "No one comes to Me unless My Mother first of all draws him by her prayers".

Richard of St. Laurence



Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 10, 2010, 11:26:10 PM
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Look upon the lively examples of the holy Fathers in whom shone real perfection and the religious life, and you will see how little it is, and almost nothing that we do. Alas, what is our life when we compare it with theirs? Saints and friends of Christ, they served our Lord in hunger and in thirst, in cold, in nakedness, in labor and in weariness, in watching, in fasting, prayers and holy meditations, and in frequent persecutions and reproaches. Oh, how many grievous tribulations did the Apostles suffer and the Martyrs and Confessors and Virgins, and all the rest who resolved to follow the steps of Christ! For they hated their lives in this world, that they might keep them in life everlasting. Oh what a strict and self-renouncing life the holy Fathers of the desert led! What long and grievous temptations did they bear! How often were they harassed by the enemy, what frequent and fervent prayers did they offer up to God, what rigorous abstinence did they practice!

I was thinking today how much a little foresight helps.. just thinking a little bit ahead and praying.. just a little bit ahead to the next thing we are going to do and being prepared for it to serve God.. :D Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me a sinner.. Lord Jesus Christ...

If we look a little ahead and can see that in retrospect we will be happy with what we did for God.. even just a little happy.. it can encourage us to the next step.. step by step..


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: RachelKH on November 11, 2010, 11:49:48 AM
that is exactly what I'm trying to get across to my teens!  (you axed the pulling-out-my-hair smilie???  or is that on cmomc???.....anyhow...)  thanks!  at least i'm not crazy thinking this way.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 11, 2010, 12:24:28 PM
that is exactly what I'm trying to get across to my teens!  (you axed the pulling-out-my-hair smilie???  or is that on cmomc???.....anyhow...)  thanks!  at least i'm not crazy thinking this way.

Oh, I didn't axe any smilies, they all gained a complete reprieve. But somehow some of them have learned to go undercover from the experience for periods of time, they all of the sudden when you least expect it they are there again. :D

I think they have something against Macs somehow, but what exactly we have yet to figure out. Hmm. Saints' forums. Don't like Apples. Hmm. Maybe I haven't been able to put two and two together..

However, we have never had a pulling out the hair smilie. :D Unless they appear without my knowledge too!  ;D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: RachelKH on November 11, 2010, 12:46:47 PM
what??  you don't like apples???  or the Saints don't like Apples??  this is a serious mystery -- or maybe a funny riddle   ;D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 11, 2010, 12:50:21 PM
what??  you don't like apples???  or the Saints don't like Apples??  this is a serious mystery -- or maybe a funny riddle   ;D

Well, doctors and all considered, just about all our problems can be traced back to the very beginning with an apple!  :happyroll:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: RachelKH on November 11, 2010, 12:52:06 PM
wow -- yes!  an apple a day keep the doctor away and all that and Who is the Great Physician???  Aiiiieee!  I may have to join you in abstaining!  oh no!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 11, 2010, 03:45:51 PM
Well, I love my Mac and I love the Great Physician much more! I refuse to think that a computer is stronger than His Power. He has made lemonade out of the first Adam's mess up/lemon, after all.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 11, 2010, 03:48:52 PM
7th Day

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 18, cont.

Outwardly they suffered want, but within they were refreshed with grace and Divine consolation. They were aliens to the world; they seemed as nothing and the world despised them; but they were precious and beloved in the sight of God. They persevered in true humility, they lived in simple obedience, they walked in charity and patience, and so every day they advanced in spirit and gained great favor with God. They were given for example to all religious, and ought more to excite us to advance in good, than the number of lukewarm to induce us to grow remiss. Oh! how great was the fervor of all religious in the beginning of their holy institute! Oh, how great was their devotion in prayer, how great was their zeal for virtue! How vigorous the discipline that was kept up, what reverence and obedience, under the rule of the superior, flourished in all! Their traces that remain still bear witness, that they were truly holy and perfect men who did battle so stoutly, and trampled the world under their feet. Now, he is thought great who is not a transgressor; and who can, with patience, endure what he has undertaken. Ah, the lukewarmness and negligence of our state! that we soon fall away from our first fervor, and are even now tired with life, from slothfulness and tepidity. Oh that advancement in virtue be not quite asleep in thee, who has so often seen the manifold examples of the devout!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: RachelKH on November 11, 2010, 03:50:11 PM
the voice of calmness and reason has spoken and brought peace to my table -- i will enjoy an apple and not fear!  thanks, brigid!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: RachelKH on November 11, 2010, 03:54:17 PM
Dear Father, grant me the grace of devout fervor and obedience to You!  Refresh me with Your grace and Divine consolation!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 11, 2010, 10:43:49 PM
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Oh that advancement in virtue be not quite asleep in thee, who has so often seen the manifold examples of the devout!

Amen amen! :D

Thank you again for doing this Brigid!!!  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 12, 2010, 03:24:27 PM
8th Day

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 13
Of Resisting Temptations


As long as we live in this world, we cannot be without temptations and tribulations. Hence it is written in Job "Man's life on earth is a temptation." Everyone therefore should be solicitous about his temptations and watch in prayer lest the devil find an opportunity to catch him: who never sleeps, but goes about, seeking whom he can devour. No one is so perfect and holy as sometimes not to have temptations and we can never be wholly free from them. Nevertheless, temptations are very profitable to man, troublesome and grievous though they may be, for in them, a man is humbled, purified and instructed. All the Saints passed through many tribulations and temptations and were purified by them. And they that could not support temptations, became reprobate, and fell away.

Many seek to flee temptations, and fall worse into them. We cannot conquer by flight alone, but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies. He who only declines them outwardly, and does not pluck out their root, will profit little; nay, temptations will sooner return and he will find himself in a worse condition. By degrees and by patience you will, by God's grace, better overcome them than by harshness and your own importunity. Take council the oftener in temptation, and do not deal harshly with one who is tempted; but pour in consolation, as thou wouldst wish to be done unto yourself. Inconstancy of mind and little confidence in God, is the beginning of all temptations. For as a ship without a helm is driven to and fro by the waves, so the man who neglects and gives up his resolutions is tempted in many ways.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 12, 2010, 03:31:49 PM
Whoever asks and expects to obtain graces without the intercession of Mary, endeavors to fly without wings;

St. Antoninus


Go to Mary; for He has decreed that He will grant no graces otherwise than by the hands of Mary.

St. Bernard


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 12, 2010, 03:33:13 PM
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Oh that advancement in virtue be not quite asleep in thee, who has so often seen the manifold examples of the devout!

Amen amen! :D

Thank you again for doing this Brigid!!!  :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

It is wonderful for me!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 12, 2010, 05:48:08 PM
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As long as we live in this world, we cannot be without temptations and tribulations. Hence it is written in Job "Man's life on earth is a temptation." Everyone therefore should be solicitous about his temptations and watch in prayer lest the devil find an opportunity to catch him: who never sleeps, but goes about, seeking whom he can devour.

Many seek to flee temptations, and fall worse into them. We cannot conquer by flight alone, but by patience and true humility we become stronger than all our enemies.

This really resonates with me. I find that praying over and over again, short prayers, invoking the Holy Family, one's guardian angels, and especially asking for the virtue that is opposite a temptation, is very helpful. As long as one continually prays, one has significant help.. :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 12, 2010, 07:14:06 PM
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Whoever asks and expects to obtain graces without the intercession of Mary, endeavors to fly without wings;

St. Antoninus

This quote strikes me as meaning similar to the quote from Thomas a Kempis.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 13, 2010, 03:53:31 PM
9th Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 13, cont.

Fire tries iron, and temptation a just man. We often know not what we are able to do, but temptations discover what we are. Still, we must watch, especially in the beginning of temptation; for then the enemy is more easily overcome, if he be not suffered to enter the door of the mind, but is withstood upon the threshold the very moment he knocks. Whence a certain one has said "Resist beginnings; all too late the cure." When ills have gathered strength, by long delay, first there comes from the mind a simple thought; then a strong imagination, afterwards delight, and the evil motion and consent and so, little by little the fiend does gain entrance, when he is not resisted in the beginning. The longer anyone has been slothful in resisting, so much the weaker he becomes, daily in himself, and the enemy, so much the stronger in him. Some suffer grievous temptations in the beginning of their conversion, others in the end and others are troubled nearly their whole life. Some are very lightly tempted, according to the wisdom and the equity of the ordinance of God who weighs man's condition and merits, and pre-ordaineth all things for the salvation of His elect. We must not, therefore, despair when we are tempted, but the more fervently pray to God to help us in every tribulation: Who, of a truth, according to the sayings of St. Paul, will make such issue with the temptation, that we are able to sustain it.

Let us then humble our souls under the hand of God in every temptation and tribulation, for the humble in spirit, He will save and exalt. In temptation and tribulations, it is proved what progress man has made; and there also is great merit, and virtue is made more manifest.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 13, 2010, 04:02:48 PM
God will not save us without the intercession of Mary.

St. Bonaventure


What difficulty can there be in saying that God, in order to honor His Mother, and having made her Queen of saints, and willing that all graces shall be dispensed by her hands, should also will that the saints should address themselves to her to obtain favors for their clients?

St. Alphonsus Liguori


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 13, 2010, 11:22:26 PM
Mary our wings! :D

 :principalities:

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for then the enemy is more easily overcome, if he be not suffered to enter the door of the mind, but is withstood upon the threshold the very moment he knocks. Whence a certain one has said "Resist beginnings; all too late the cure."

The longer anyone has been slothful in resisting, so much the weaker he becomes,

This reminds me of morose delectation too.

We must fight with vigor and sharpness! With wakefulness and immediately and promptly! God help me to learn this lesson and us all!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 14, 2010, 02:30:41 PM
10th Day

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapter 10
That it is sweet to despise the world and to serve God

Now, will I speak again, O Lord, and will not be silent, I will say in the hearing of my God and my King Who is on high: Oh, how great is the abundance of Thy sweetness, O Lord, which Thou hast hidden for those that fear Thee! But what art Thou, for those who love Thee? What, to those who serve Thee with their whole heart? Unspeakable indeed is the sweetness of Thy contemplation, which Thou bestowest on those who love Thee. In this most of all hast Thou showed me the sweetness of Thy love, that when I had no being, Thou didst make me; and when I was straying far from Thee, Thou brought me back again, that I might serve Thee: and Thou hast commanded me to serve Thee. O Fountain of everlasting love, what shall I say of Thee? How can I forget Thee, Who hast vouchsafed to remember me even after I was corrupted and lost? Beyond all hope Thou showest mercy to Thy servant; and beyond all desert, hast Thou manifested Thy grace and friendship. What return shall I make to Thee for this favor? For it is granted to all who forsake these things, to renounce the world, and to assume the monastic life. Is it much that I should serve Thee, Whom the whole creation is bound to serve? It ought not to seem much to me to serve Thee; but this does rather appear great and wonderful to me, that Thou vouchsafest to receive one so wretched and unworthy as Thy servant. It is a great honor, a great glory, to serve Thee, and to despise all things for Thee, for they who willingly subject themselves to Thy holy service, shall have great grace. They shall experience the most sweet consolation of the Holy Spirit, Who for the love of Thee, have cast aside all carnal delight.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 14, 2010, 02:38:37 PM
Whenever the most sacred Virgin goes to God to intercede for us, she, as Queen, commands all the angels and saints to accompany her, and unite their prayers to hers.

St. Bonaventure


When the Mother goes to seek a favor for us from Jesus Christ, her Son esteems her prayers so greatly, and is so desirous to satisfy her, that when she prays it seems as if she rather commanded than prayed, and was rather a queen than a handmaid.

St. Peter Damian


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 14, 2010, 07:15:06 PM
Whenever the most sacred Virgin goes to God to intercede for us, she, as Queen, commands all the angels and saints to accompany her, and unite their prayers to hers.

St. Bonaventure


When the Mother goes to seek a favor for us from Jesus Christ, her Son esteems her prayers so greatly, and is so desirous to satisfy her, that when she prays it seems as if she rather commanded than prayed, and was rather a queen than a handmaid.

St. Peter Damian


I am thinking. How much confidence we should have in the Blessed Virgin.
If she is so willing even to help us in our temperal affairs, then how much more will she grant us her help when we ask for the things pertaining to our spiritual good, like help to overcome faults and for increases of faith, hope and charity.
It would be easier for a good mother to neglect her sick child than for the Bleesed Virgin to neglect us in our need.

Ave María, gratia plena,
Dominus tecum; benedícta tu in mulieribus,
et benedíctus fructus ventris tui, Jesus.
Sancta María, Mater Dei,
ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc et in hora mortis nostræ. Amen.  :angelbell:




Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 14, 2010, 07:40:39 PM
Sub tuum praesidium
confugimus,
Sancta Dei Genitrix.
Nostras deprecationes ne despicias
in necessitatibus nostris,
sed a periculis cunctis
libera nos semper,
Virgo gloriosa et benedicta

Under thy protection
we seek refuge,
Holy Mother of God;
despise not our petitions
in our needs,
but from all dangers
deliver us always,
Virgin Glorious and Blessed.

Amen.



3rd century

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It would be easier for a good mother to neglect her sick child than for the Bleesed Virgin to neglect us in our need.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 15, 2010, 02:45:07 PM
11th Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 25
On the Fervent Amendment of our Whole Life

When a certain anxious person, who often times wavered between hope and fear, once overcome with sadness, threw himself upon the ground in prayer, before one of the altars in the Church and thinking these things in his mind, said "Oh, if I only knew how to persevere," that very instant he heard within him, this heavenly answer: "And if thou didst know this, what would thou do? Do now what you would do, and thou shall be perfectly secure." And immediately being consoled, and comforted, he committed himself to the Divine Will, and his anxious thoughts ceased. He no longer wished for curious things; searching to find out what would happen to him, but studied rather to learn what was the acceptable and perfect will of God for the beginning and the perfection of every good work.

"Hope in the Lord," said the Prophet, "And do all good, and inhabit the land, and thou shall be fed of the riches thereof." There is one thing that keeps many back from spiritual progress, and from fervor in amendment namely: the labor that is necessary for the struggle. And assuredly they especially advance beyond others in virtues, who strive the most manfully to overcome the very things which are the hardest and most contrary to them. For there a man does profit more and merit more abundant grace, when he does most to overcome himself and mortify his spirit. All have not, indeed, equal difficulties to overcome and mortify, but a diligent and zealous person will make a greater progress though he have more passions than another, who is well regulated but less fervent in the pursuit of virtues.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 15, 2010, 02:53:09 PM
And here we say, that although Mary, now in heaven, can no longer command her Son, nevertheless her prayers are always the prayers of a mother, and consequently most powerful to obtain whatever she asks.

St. Alphonsus Liguori


Whatever thou, O Virgin, willest can never be otherwise than accomplished.

St. Anselm


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 15, 2010, 03:15:05 PM
I know I truly need to appreciate the virtue of hope all the more.  :littlewings:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 16, 2010, 02:46:44 PM
12th Day

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 25., cont.

But if thou observest any thing worthy of reproof, beware thou do not the same. And if at any time thou hast done it, labor quickly to amend thyself. As thine eye observeth others, so art thou by others noted again.

How sweet and pleasant a thing it is, to see brethren fervent and devout, obedient and well-disciplined! How sad and grievous a thing it is, to see them walk disorderly, not applying themselves to that for which they are called! How hurtful a thing it is, when they neglect the purpose of their calling and busy themselves in things not committed to their care!

Be mindful of the purpose thou hast embraced, and set always before thee the image of the Crucified. Good cause thou hast to be ashamed in looking upon the life of Jesus Christ, seeing thou hast not as yet endeavored to conform thyself more unto Him, though thou hast been a long time in the way of God. A religious person that exercizeth himself seriously and devoutly in the most holy life and passion of our Lord, shall there abundantly find whatsoever is profitable and necessary for him, neither shall he need to seek any better thing, besides Jesus. O if Jesus crucified would come into our hearts, how quickly and fully should we be. A man fervent and diligent is prepared for all things.

It is harder toil to resist vices and passions, than to sweat in bodily labors. He that avoideth not small faults, by little and little falleth into greater. Thou wilt always rejoice in the evening, if thou spend the day profitably. Be watchful over thyself, stir up thyself, warn thyself, and whatsoever becometh of others, neglect not thyself. The more violent thou uses against thyself, the more shalt thou progress. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 16, 2010, 02:56:05 PM
Under the mantle of Mary all sinners, without exception, find refuge for every sin that they may have committed, provided only that they go there to seek for this protection.

St. Alphonsus Liguori


As a good Mother does not shrink from applying a remedy to her child infected with ulcers however nauseous and revolting they may be, so also is our good Mother unable to abandon us when we have recourse to her, that she may heal the wounds caused by our sins, however loathsome they may have rendered us.

Richard of St. Laurence


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 17, 2010, 04:00:35 PM
13th Day


Theme for the Week: Knowledge Of Self

Prayers, examinations, reflection, acts of renouncement of our own will, of contrition for our sins, of contempt of self, all performed at the feet of Mary, for it is from her that we hope for light to know ourselves. It is near her, that we shall be able to measure the abyss of our miseries without despairing.

We should employ all our pious actions in asking for a knowledge of ourselves and contrition of our sins: and we should do this in a spirit of piety. During this period, we shall consider not so much the opposition that exists between the spirit of Jesus and ours, as the miserable and humiliating state to which our sins have reduced us. Moreover, the True Devotion being an easy, short, sure and perfect way to arrive at that union with Our Lord which is Christlike perfection, we shall enter seriously upon this way, strongly convinced of our misery and helplessness. But how attain this without a knowledge of ourselves'?

Luke 11:1-10

And it came to pass, that as he was in a certain place praying, when he ceased, one of his disciples said to him: Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples. And he said to them: When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.

And he said to them: Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and shall say to him: Friend, lend me three loaves, Because a friend of mine is come off his journey to me, and I have not what to set before him. And he from within should answer, and say: Trouble me not, the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. Yet if he shall continue knocking, I say to you, although he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend; yet, because of his importunity, he will rise, and give him as many as he needeth.

And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 17, 2010, 04:06:48 PM
Oh, how fearful is Mary to the devils.

St. Bonatenture


My Mother, thou knowest how much I love thee; therefore ask all that thou wilt of Me; for it is not possible that I should refuse thee anything.

Jesus to St. Bridget


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 17, 2010, 04:33:37 PM
Litany of the Holy Ghost

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Father all powerful, have mercy on us
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us

Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.

Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us
Author of all good, have mercy on us
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us
Consuming fire, have mercy on us
Ardent charity, have mercy on us
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us

Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation
Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good. Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Ghost.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.

V. Come, Holy Ghost! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Let Us Pray. Grant, Omerciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever.

R. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 18, 2010, 04:06:39 PM
14th Day

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapter 13
Of the Obedience of One in Humble Subjection,
After the Example of Jesus Christ

My son, he that endeavoreth to withdraw himself from obedience, withdraweth himself from grace; and he who seeketh for himself private benefit (Matt. 16:24), loseth those which are common. He that doth not cheerfully and freely submit himself to his superior, it is a sign that his flesh is not as yet perfectly obedient unto him, but oftentimes kicketh and murmureth against him. Learn thou therefore quickly to submit thyself to thy superior, if thou desire to keep thine own flesh under the yoke. For more speedily is the outward enemy overcome, if the inward man be not laid waste. There is no worse nor more troublesome enemy to the soul than thou art unto thyself, if thou be not well in harmony with the Spirit. It is altogether necessary that thou take up a true contempt for thyself, if thou desire to prevail against flesh and blood. Because as yet thou lovest thyself too inordinately, therefore thou art afraid to resign thyself wholly to the will of others. And yet, what great matter is it, if thou, who art but dust and nothing, subject thyself to a man for God's sake, when I, the Almighty and the Most Highest who created all things of nothing, humbly subjected Myself to man for thy sake?

I became of all men the most humble and the most abject (Luke 2:7; John 13:14), that thou mightest overcome thy pride with My humility. O dust! learn to be obedient. Learn to humble thyself, thou earth and clay, and to bow thyself down under the feet of all men. Learn to break thine own wishes, and to yield thyself to all subjection.



Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto)

Lord, have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel,pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Preparation for Consecration, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of Heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ Our Lord.

R. Amen


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 19, 2010, 06:26:31 AM
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Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us
Consuming fire, have mercy on us
Ardent charity, have mercy on us

Fire and water! :D I remember a little prayer I love, "May the most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the waters of life, wash us free from sin."

There is so much said in praise of obedience.. It makes meritorious so many ordinary everyday actions.. to put one's entire life under it.. gains the great grace of always doing the will of another.. holy obedience. . the will of God..

'That Mary was a true martyr cannot be doubted, as Denis the Carthusian, Pelbart, Catharinus, and others prove; for it is an undoubted opinion that suffering sufficient to cause death is martyrdom, even though death does not ensue from it.

Saint John the Evangelist is revered as a martyr, though he did not die in the caldron of boiling oil, but he came out more vigorous than he went in. Saint Thomas says, "that to have the glory of martyrdom, it is sufficient to exercise obedience in its highest degree, that is to say, to be obedient unto death."

"Mary was a martyr," says Saint Bernard, "not by the sword of the executioner, but by bitter sorrow of heart." If her body was not wounded by the hand of the executioner, her blessed heart was transfixed by a sword of grief at the passion of her Son; grief which was sufficient to have caused her death, not once, but a thousand times. From this we shall see that Mary was not only a real martyr, but that her martyrdom surpassed all others; for it was longer than that of all others, and her whole life may be said to have been a prolonged death.

"The passion of Jesus," as Saint Bernard says, "commenced with His birth". So also did Mary, in all things like unto her Son, endure her martyrdom throughout her life. Amongst other significations of the name of Mary, as Blessed Albert the Great asserts, is that of "a bitter sea." Hence to her is applicable the text of Jeremias: "great as the sea is thy destruction." For as the sea is all bitter and salt, so also was the life of Mary always full of bitterness at the sight of the passion of the Redeemer, which was ever present to her mind. "There can be no doubt, that, enlightened by the Holy Ghost in a far higher degree than all the prophets, she, far better than they, understood the predictions recorded by them in the sacred Scriptures concerning the Messias." This is precisely what the angel revealed to Saint Bridget; and he also added, "that the Blessed Virgin, even before she became His Mother, knowing how much the Incarnate Word was to suffer for the salvation of men, and compassionating this innocent Saviour, who was to be so cruelly put to death for crimes not His own, even then began her great martyrdom."'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 19, 2010, 03:01:49 PM
15th Day


Luke 13:1-5
Examples inviting Repentance

And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things? No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloe, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem? No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.

True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 81 and 82
We Need Mary in order to Die to Ourselves

Secondly, in order to empty ourselves of self, we must die daily to ourselves. This involves our renouncing what the powers of the soul and the senses of the body incline us to do. We must see as if we did not see, hear as if we did not hear and use the things of this world as if we did not use them. This is what St. Paul calls "dying daily". Unless the grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single grain and does not bear any good fruit. If we do not die to self and if our holiest devotions do not lead us to this necessary and fruitful death, we shall not bear fruit of any worth and our devotions will cease to be profitable. All our good works will be tainted by self-love and self-will so that our greatest sacrifices and our best actions will be unacceptable to God. Consequently when we come to die we shall find ourselves devoid of virtue and merit and discover that we do not possess even one spark of that pure love which God shares only with those who have died to themselves and whose life is hidden with Jesus Christ in him.

Thirdly, we must choose among all the devotions to the Blessed Virgin the one which will lead us more surely to this dying to self. This devotion will be the best and the most sanctifying for us.



The prayers of the Blessed Virgin, being the prayers of a mother, have in them something of a command; so that it is impossible that she should not obtain what she asks.

St. Antonius

And perchance, if it is unworthy of the benignity of the Lord to be thus jealous of the honor of His Mother, who declares that He came into the world, not to break, but to observe the law: but this law commands us to honor our parents.

St. Augustine


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Post by: martin on November 19, 2010, 06:40:35 PM
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Secondly, in order to empty ourselves of self, we must die daily to ourselves. This involves our renouncing what the powers of the soul and the senses of the body incline us to do. We must see as if we did not see, hear as if we did not hear and use the things of this world as if we did not use them.

Thank you again Brigid for these meditations and prayers. I'm finding them so useful to read before going to bed.
A line or two usually sticks in my mind and I can meditate on them while lying in bed(and usually fall asleep doing so).  :)
The above words I'll be using tonight please God.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 19, 2010, 06:58:24 PM
Thanks! I'm finding that looking for a Saint's quote has been really instructive to me as far as increasing my devotion greatly to Our Lady.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 20, 2010, 03:38:19 PM
16th Day 

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, No. 228
Preparatory Exercises


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.


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 2, Chapter 5
Of Self-consideration

We cannot trust over much to ourselves (Jer. 17:5), because grace oftentimes is wanting to us, and understanding also. Little light is there in us, and this we quickly lose by our negligence. Oftentimes too we perceive not our inward blindness how great it is. Oftentimes we do evil, and excuse it worse (Psalm 141:4). We are sometimes moved with passion, and we think it zeal. We reprehend small things in others, and pass over our own greater matters (Matt. 7:5). Quickly enough we feel and weigh what we suffer at the hands of others; but we mind not how much others suffer from us. He that well and rightly considereth his own works, will find little cause to judge hardly of another.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 20, 2010, 03:43:21 PM
..... Mary, having merited to give flesh to the divine Word, and thus supply the price of our redemption, that we might be delivered from eternal death; therefore is she more powerful than all others to help us to gain eternal life.

St. Augustine


The prayers of His Mother are a pleasure to the Son, because He desires to grant all that is granted on her account, and thus recompense her for the favor she did Him in giving Him His body.

St. Theophilus


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Post by: Shin on November 20, 2010, 05:16:30 PM
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Quickly enough we feel and weigh what we suffer at the hands of others; but we mind not how much others suffer from us. He that well and rightly considereth his own works, will find little cause to judge hardly of another.

Thought provoking words...

'But, my daughter, I am going a step further, and I bid you everywhere and in everything rejoice in your own abjection. Perhaps you will ask in reply what I mean by that. In Latin abjection means humility, and humility means abjection, so that when Our Lady says in the Magnificat that all generations shall call her blessed, because God hath regarded the low estate of His handmaiden, she means that He has accepted her abjection and lowliness in order to fill her with graces and favours. Nevertheless, there is a difference between humility and abjection; for abjection is the poverty, vileness and littleness which exist in us, without our taking heed to them; but humility implies a real knowledge and voluntary recognition of that abjection. And the highest point of humility consists in not merely acknowledging one's abjection, but in taking pleasure therein, not from any want of breadth or courage, but to give the more glory to God's Divine Majesty, and to esteem one's neighbour more highly than one's self. This is what I would have you do;'

St. Francis de Sales


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 21, 2010, 05:22:58 PM
17th Day


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, No. 228

Of Judgment, and the Punishment of Sinners In all things look to the end; and how thou wilt stand before that strict Judge (Heb. 10:31) to whom nothing is hid, who is not appeased with gifts, nor admitteth excuses, but will judge according to right. O wretched and foolish sinner, who sometimes art in terror at the countenance of an angry man, what answer wilt thou make to God who knoweth all thy wickedness (Job 9:2)! Why dost thou not provide for thyself (Luke 16:9) against the day of judgement, when no man can be excused of defended by another, but every one shall be a sufficient burden for himself!

Luke 16:1-8
The Crafty Steward

And he said also to his disciples: There was a certain rich man who had a steward: and the same was accused unto him, that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said to him: How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship: for now thou canst be steward no longer. And the steward said within himself: What shall I do, because my lord taketh away from me the stewardship? To dig I am not able; to beg I am ashamed. I know what I will do, that when I shall be removed from the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses. Therefore calling together every one of his lord's debtors, he said to the first: How much dost thou owe my lord? But he said: An hundred barrels of oil. And he said to him: Take thy bill and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then he said to another: And how much dost thou owe? Who said: An hundred quarters of wheat. He said to him: Take thy bill, and write eighty. And the lord commended the unjust steward, forasmuch as he had done wisely: for the children of this world are wiser in their generation than the children of light.


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Post by: Brigid on November 21, 2010, 05:28:11 PM
.... Mary knows not how to do otherwise than love those who love her; and that even she does not disdain to serve those who serve her; and in favor of such a one, should he be a sinner, she uses all her power in order to obtain his forgiveness from her blessed Son.

Blessed Raymond Jordano


.... our Queen is constantly before the Divine Majesty, interceding for us with her most powerful prayers.

Blessed Amadeus


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 21, 2010, 05:58:20 PM
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In all things look to the end; and how thou wilt stand before that strict Judge (Heb. 10:31) to whom nothing is hid, who is not appeased with gifts, nor admitteth excuses, but will judge according to right.

But will judge according to the right. It's beautiful and terrible at once!

Thank God for His Queen and ours and the mercy He gives us through her. :D


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Post by: Brigid on November 21, 2010, 06:13:30 PM
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Mary knows not how to do otherwise than love those who love her;


I think this loving of her is the key.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 21, 2010, 07:21:10 PM
The crafty steward parable seems to be coming up a lot lately Brigid and like I said in another thread it seems that the Lord is pleading for as much effort to be put into spiritual matters as is given to material affairs.


In the absence of a meaningful sermon today on the feast of Christ the King, I listened to 3 Audio Sancto sermons on the subject during the day.  How terrible it is that nearly all the western world has pushed our dear Lord to the fringes of society and politics, depending on man alone to sort out the worlds problems.

Shin after reading your post on the 3rd commandment, that Golden Arrow prayer won't leave my head.
How much we must console the Lord and plead for His mercy amid so much ungratefulness.
It's almost a necessity that we be consecrated to the Blessed Virgin in these times


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 21, 2010, 07:58:11 PM
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The crafty steward parable seems to be coming up a lot lately Brigid and like I said in another thread it seems that the Lord is pleading for as much effort to be put into spiritual matters as is given to material affairs.


I wonder if this is due to those on this site needing that particular parable right now, more than some? You think?


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 21, 2010, 08:07:05 PM
I think you might be on to something there Brigid.  :lilangel:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 21, 2010, 08:24:07 PM
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The crafty steward parable seems to be coming up a lot lately Brigid and like I said in another thread it seems that the Lord is pleading for as much effort to be put into spiritual matters as is given to material affairs.


I wonder if this is due to those on this site needing that particular parable right now, more than some? You think?

Hmm.  We may be under-estimating the plans Our Lord has for this little family here. Judging from the dedication you all show in following your faith I think the Lord might not be content until He's achieved His grand purpose for our lives. And don't we all know what that is?
To that end He may be asking more from us than we in our own minds think we are capable/worthy of giving.   
Just my thoughts.   :shrug:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 21, 2010, 08:42:48 PM
If that is the case, Martin, we'll need a lot of His grace through His Mother!

"My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee."


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Post by: Shin on November 21, 2010, 09:13:35 PM
Amen!

'Mary is the heart of the church. This is why all works of charity spring from her. It is well known that the heart has two movements: systole and diastole. Thus Mary is always performing these two movements: absorbing grace from her Most Holy Son, and pouring it forth on sinners.'

St. Anthony Mary Claret


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on November 21, 2010, 09:21:03 PM
If that is the case, Martin, we'll need a lot of His grace through His Mother!

"My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee."

That's for sure Brigid.. And a lot of living in the present as opposed to worrying too much about the future; trying to make each day a gift to Him. If we can do that, by the time He calls us home we will have given Him back every day that He gave us with interest.
I'm not living that way with any consistency but I know that that's where I'm meant be heading.
I hope that this renewal of consecration to the Blessed Virgin will help my resolve.
Little by little without getting discouraged.  :)


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 21, 2010, 09:33:39 PM
If that is the case, Martin, we'll need a lot of His grace through His Mother!

"My God, I believe, I adore, I trust, and I love Thee. I beg pardon for those who do not believe, do not adore, do not trust, and do not love Thee."

That's for sure Brigid.. And a lot of living in the present as opposed to worrying too much about the future; trying to make each day a gift to Him. If we can do that, by the time He calls us home we will have given Him back every day that He gave us with interest.
I'm not living that way with any consistency but I know that that's where I'm meant be heading.
I hope that this renewal of consecration to the Blessed Virgin will help my resolve.
Little by little without getting discouraged.  :)


Step by step - each day a gift to Him. Wise words.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 22, 2010, 04:56:18 PM
18th Day


Luke 17:1-10

[On Leading Others Astray]
And he said to his disciples: It is impossible that scandals should not come: but woe to him through whom they come. It were better for him, that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should scandalize one of these little ones.

[On Brotherly Correction]
Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother sin against thee, reprove him: and if he do penance, forgive him. And if he sin against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day be converted unto thee, saying, I repent; forgive him.

[The Power of Faith]
And the apostles said to the Lord: Increase our faith. And the Lord said: If you had faith like to a grain of mustard seed, you might say to this mulberry tree, Be thou rooted up, and be thou transplanted into the sea: and it would obey you.

[Humble Service]
But which of you having a servant ploughing, or feeding cattle, will say to him, when he is come from the field: Immediately go, sit down to meat: And will not rather say to him: Make ready my supper, and gird thyself, and serve me, whilst I eat and drink, and afterwards thou shalt eat and drink? Doth he thank that servant, for doing the things which he commanded him? I think not. So you also, when you shall have done all these things that are commanded you, say: We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which we ought to do.


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapter 47
That All Grievous Things Are to Be Endured For the Sake of Eternal Life

My son, be not wearied out by the labors which thou hast undertaken for My sake, nor let tribulation cast thee down ever at all; but let My promise strengthen and comfort thee under every circumstance. I am well able to reward thee, above all measure and degree. Thou shalt not long toil here, nor always be oppressed with griefs. Wait a little while, and thou shalt see a speedy end of thine evils.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 22, 2010, 05:05:13 PM
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My son, be not wearied out by the labors which thou hast undertaken for My sake, nor let tribulation cast thee down ever at all; but let My promise strengthen and comfort thee under every circumstance. I am well able to reward thee, above all measure and degree. Thou shalt not long toil here, nor always be oppressed with griefs. Wait a little while, and thou shalt see a speedy end of thine evils.

Amen.. Amen.. something to give us hope and strength in weakness! Which we all need!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 22, 2010, 05:08:57 PM
... another purpose for which the Blessed Virgin Mary was made the Mother of God was, that she might obtain salvation for many who, on account of their wicked lives, could not be saved according to the rigor of divine justice, but might be so with the help of her sweet mercy and powerful intercession.

St. John Chrysostom


I have but one fear to afflict me, O beloved Queen, and that is, that I may one day, by my own negligence, lose this confidence in thee.

St. Alphonsus Liguori


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 22, 2010, 05:57:32 PM

I have but one fear to afflict me, O beloved Queen, and that is, that I may one day, by my own negligence, lose this confidence in thee.

St. Alphonsus Liguori[/i][/color]
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Let me not lose this confidence in thee, O Mary, let me not!


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Post by: Brigid on November 22, 2010, 06:08:42 PM

I have but one fear to afflict me, O beloved Queen, and that is, that I may one day, by my own negligence, lose this confidence in thee.

St. Alphonsus Liguori[/i][/color]
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Let me not lose this confidence in thee, O Mary, let me not!
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Amen!!!!!!


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Post by: Brigid on November 23, 2010, 04:16:54 PM
19th Day


Luke 18:15-30

[Jesus and the Children]
And they brought unto him also infants, that he might touch them. Which when the disciples saw, they rebuked them. But Jesus, calling them together, said: Suffer children to come to me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Amen, I say to you: Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a child, shall not enter into it.

[The Rich Aristocrat]
And a certain ruler asked him, saying: Good master, what shall I do to possess everlasting life? And Jesus said to him: Why dost thou call me good? None is good but God alone. Thou knowest the commandments: Thou shalt not kill: Thou shalt not commit adultery: Thou shalt not steal: Thou shalt not bear false witness: Honour thy father and mother. Who said: All these things have I kept from my youth. Which when Jesus had heard, he said to him: Yet one thing is wanting to thee: sell all whatever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. He having heard these things, became sorrowful; for he was very rich.

[The Danger of Riches]
And Jesus seeing him become sorrowful, said: How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God. For it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they that heard it, said: Who then can be saved? He said to them: The things that are impossible with men, are possible with God.

[The Reward of Renunciation]
Then Peter said: Behold, we have left all things, and have followed thee. Who said to them: Amen, I say to you, there is no man that hath left house, or parents, or brethren, or wife, or children, for the kingdom of God's sake, Who shall not receive much more in this present time, and in the world to come life everlasting.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 23, 2010, 04:22:49 PM
Mary is this throne, at which all-just and sinners-find the consolations of mercy.

St. Bonaventure


O Lady, do not set up my sins against me, for I oppose thy compassion to them. Let it never be said that my sins could contend in judgment against thy mercy, which is far more powerful to obtain me pardon than my sins are to obtain my condemnation.

St. William of Paris


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 23, 2010, 04:56:56 PM
St. William of Paris, ora pro nobis!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 24, 2010, 02:52:07 PM
20th Day


Theme for the Week: Knowledge Of The Blessed Virgin

Acts of love, pious affection for the Blessed Virgin, imitation of her virtues, especially her profound humility, her lively faith, her blind obedience, her continual mental prayer, her mortification in all things, her surpassing purity, her ardent charity, her heroic patience, her angelic sweetness, and her divine wisdom: "there being," as St. Louis De Montfort says, "the ten principal virtues of the Blessed Virgin."

We must unite ourselves to Jesus through Mary - this is the characteristic of our devotion; therefore, Saint Louis De Montfort asks that we employ ourselves in acquiring a knowledge of the Blessed Virgin.

Mary is our sovereign and our mediatrix, our Mother and our Mistress. Let us then endeavor to know the effects of this royalty, of this mediation, and of this maternity, as well as the grandeurs and prerogatives which are the foundation or consequences thereof. Our Mother is also a perfect mold wherein we are to be molded in order to make her intentions and dispositions ours. This we cannot achieve without studying the interior life of Mary; namely, her virtues, her sentiments, her actions, her participation in the mysteries of Christ and her union with Him.


Luke 2:16-21, 45-52

And they came with haste; and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger. And seeing, they understood of the word that had been spoken to them concerning this child. And all that heard, wondered; and at those things that were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these words, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God, for all the things they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them. And after eight days were accomplished, that the child should be circumcised, his name was called JESUS, which was called by the angel, before he was conceived in the womb...

...And not finding him, they returned into Jerusalem, seeking him. And it came to pass, that, after three days, they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his wisdom and his answers. And seeing him, they wondered. And his mother said to him: Son, why hast thou done so to us? behold thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. And he said to them: How is it that you sought me? did you not know, that I must be about my father's business? And they understood not the word that he spoke unto them. And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them. And his mother kept all these words in her heart. And Jesus advanced in wisdom, and age, and grace with God and men.


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Post by: Brigid on November 24, 2010, 02:53:48 PM
Litany of the Holy Ghost

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.

Father all powerful, have mercy on us
Jesus, Eternal Son of the Father, Redeemer of the world, save us.
Spirit of the Father and the Son, boundless life of both, sanctify us.
Holy Trinity, hear us

Holy Ghost, Who proceedest from the Father and the Son, enter our hearts. Holy Ghost, Who art equal to the Father and the Son, enter our hearts.

Promise of God the Father, have mercy on us.
Ray of heavenly light, have mercy on us
Author of all good, have mercy on us
Source of heavenly water, have mercy on us
Consuming fire, have mercy on us
Ardent charity, have mercy on us
Spiritual unction, have mercy on us
Spirit of love and truth, have mercy on us
Spirit of wisdom and understanding, have mercy on us
Spirit of counsel and fortitude, have mercy on us
Spirit of knowledge and piety, have mercy on us
Spirit of the fear of the Lord, have mercy on us
Spirit of grace and prayer, have mercy on us
Spirit of peace and meekness, have mercy on us
Spirit of modesty and innocence, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Comforter, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, have mercy on us
Holy Ghost, Who governest the Church, have mercy on us
Gift of God, the Most High, have mercy on us
Spirit Who fillest the universe, have mercy on us
Spirit of the adoption of the children of God, have mercy on us

Holy Ghost, inspire us with horror of sin.
Holy Ghost, come and renew the face of the earth.
Holy Ghost, shed Thy light in our souls.
Holy Ghost, engrave Thy law in our hearts
Holy Ghost, inflame us with the flame of Thy love.
Holy Ghost, open to us the treasures of Thy graces
Holy Ghost, teach us to pray well.
Holy Ghost, enlighten us with Thy heavenly inspirations.
Holy Ghost, lead us in the way of salvation
Holy Ghost, grant us the only necessary knowledge.
Holy Ghost, inspire in us the practice of good. Holy Ghost, grant us the merits of all virtues.
Holy Ghost, make us persevere in justice.
Holy Ghost, be Thou our everlasting reward.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Send us Thy Holy Ghost.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, pour down into our souls the gifts of the Holy Ghost.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, grant us the Spirit of wisdom and piety.

V. Come, Holy Ghost! Fill the hearts of Thy faithful,
R. And enkindle in them the fire of Thy love.

Let Us Pray. Grant, Omerciful Father, that Thy Divine Spirit may enlighten, inflame and purify us, that He may penetrate us with His heavenly dew and make us fruitful in good works, through Our Lord Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who with Thee, in the unity of the same Spirit, liveth and reigneth forever and ever.

R. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 24, 2010, 02:57:41 PM
When we say that it is impossible for a client of Mary to be lost, we must not be understood as speaking of those clients who take advantage of this devotion that they may sin more freely.

St. Alphonsus Liguori


He who neglects the service of the Blessed Virgin will die in his sins.

St. Bonaventure




Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on November 25, 2010, 02:44:35 PM
21st Day


True Devotion to Our Blessed Lady

If we would go up to God, and be united with Him, we must use the same means He used to come down to us to be made Man and to impart His graces to us. This means is a true devotion to our Blessed Lady. There are several true devotions to our Lady: here I do not speak of those which are false. The first consists in fulfilling our Christian duties, avoiding mortal sin, acting more out of love than with fear, praying to our Lady now and then, honoring her as the Mother of God, yet without having any special devotion to her. The second consists in entertaining for our Lady more perfect feelings of esteem and love, of confidence and veneration. It leads us to join the Confraternities of the Holy Rosary and of the Scapular, to recite the five or the fifteen decades of the Holy Rosary, to honor Mary's images and altars, to publish her praises and to enroll ourselves in her modalities. This devotion is good, holy and praiseworthy if we keep ourselves free from sin. But it is not so perfect as the next, nor so efficient in severing our soul from creatures, in detaching ourselves in order to be united with Jesus Christ. The third devotion to our Lady, known and practiced by very few persons, is this I am about to disclose to you, predestinate soul. It consists in giving one's self entirely and as a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through Mary, and after that, to do all that we do, through Mary, with Mary in Mary and for Mary We should choose a special feast day on which we give, consecrate and sacrifice to Mary voluntarily lovingly and without constraint, entirely and without reserve: our body and soul, our exterior property such as house, family and income, and also our interior and spiritual possessions: namely, our merits, graces, virtues, and satisfactions.


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Post by: Brigid on November 25, 2010, 02:45:42 PM
Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Litany of Loreto)

Lord, have mercy on us, Christ have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.

Holy Mary, pray for us
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.
Mother of Christ, pray for us.
Mother of divine grace, pray for us.
Mother most pure, pray for us.
Mother most chaste, pray for us.
Mother inviolate, pray for us.
Mother undefiled, pray for us.
Mother most amiable, pray for us.
Mother most admirable, pray for us.
Mother of good counsel,pray for us.
Mother of our Creator, pray for us.
Mother of our Saviour, pray for us.
Mother of the Church, pray for us.
Virgin most prudent, pray for us.
Virgin most venerable, pray for us.
Virgin most renowned, pray for us.
Virgin most powerful, pray for us.
Virgin most merciful, pray for us.
Virgin most faithful, pray for us.
Preparation for Consecration, pray for us.
Mirror of justice, pray for us.
Seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Cause of our joy, pray for us.
Vessel of honor, pray for us.
Singular vessel of devotion, pray for us.
Mystical rose, pray for us.
Tower of David, pray for us.
Tower of ivory, pray for us.
House of gold, pray for us.
Ark of the covenant, pray for us.
Gate of Heaven, pray for us.
Morning star, pray for us.
Health of the sick, pray for us.
Refuge of sinners, pray for us.
Comforter of the afflicted, pray for us.
Help of Christians, pray for us.
Queen of angels, pray for us.
Queen of patriarchs, pray for us.
Queen of prophets, pray for us.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Queen of martyrs, pray for us.
Queen of confessors, pray for us.
Queen of virgins, pray for us.
Queen of all saints, pray for us.
Queen conceived without Original Sin, pray for us.
Queen assumed into Heaven, pray for us.
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us.
Queen of peace, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let Us Pray. Grant, we beseech Thee, O Lord God, unto us Thy servants, that we may rejoice in continual health of mind and body, and by the glorious intercession of Blessed Mary, ever virgin, may be delivered from present sadness, and enter into the joy of Thine eternal gladness. Through Christ Our Lord.

R. Amen


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Post by: Brigid on November 25, 2010, 02:49:38 PM
However great a sinner he may have been, if he shows himself devout to Mary, he will never perish.

St. Hilary


God only grants this favor to those whom He is determined to save.

St. John Damascene


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Post by: Brigid on November 26, 2010, 04:35:34 PM
22nd Day

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 106-110
Marks of authentic devotion to our Lady

106. First, true devotion to our Lady is interior, that is, it comes from within the mind and the heart and follows from the esteem in which we hold her, the high regard we have for her greatness, and the love we bear her.

107. Second, it is trustful, that is to say, it fills us with confidence in the Blessed Virgin, the confidence that a child has for its loving Mother. It prompts us to go to her in every need of body and soul with great simplicity, trust and affection.

108. Third, true devotion to our Lady is holy, that is, it leads us to avoid sin and to imitate the virtues of Mary. Her ten principal virtues are: deep humility, lively faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, constant self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness, and heavenly wisdom.

109. Fourth, true devotion to our Lady is constant. It strengthens us in our desire to do good and prevents us from giving up our devotional practices too easily. It gives us the courage to oppose the fashions and maxims of the world, the vexations and unruly inclinations of the flesh and the temptations of the devil. Thus a person truly devoted to our Blessed Lady is not changeable, fretful, scrupulous or timid.

110. Fifth, true devotion to Mary is disinterested. It inspires us to seek God alone in his Blessed Mother and not ourselves. The true subject of Mary does not serve his illustrious Queen for selfish gain. He does not serve her for temporal or eternal well-being but simply and solely because she has the right to be served and God alone in her.


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Post by: Brigid on November 26, 2010, 04:36:40 PM
St. Louis De Montfort's Prayer to Mary

Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul! Thou art all mine by mercy, and I am all thine by justice. But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still seest in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to nought; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.

May the light of thy faith dispel the darkness of my mind; may thy profound humility take the place of my pride; may thy sublime contemplation check the distractions of my wandering imagination; may thy continuous sight of God fill my memory with His presence; may the burning love of thy heart inflame the lukewarmness of mine; may thy virtues take the place of my sins; may thy merits be my only adornment in the sight of God and make up for all that is wanting in me. Finally, dearly beloved Mother, grant, if it be possible, that I may have no other spirit but thine to know Jesus and His divine will; that I may have no other soul but thine to praise and glorify the Lord; that I may have no other heart but thine to love God with a love as pure and ardent as thine I do not ask thee for visions, revelations, sensible devotion or spiritual pleasures. It is thy privilege to see God clearly; it is thy privilege to enjoy heavenly bliss; it is thy privilege to triumph gloriously in Heaven at the right hand of thy Son and to hold absolute sway over angels, men and demons; it is thy privilege to dispose of all the gifts of God, just as thou willest.

Such is, O heavenly Mary, the "best part," which the Lord has given thee and which shall never be taken away from thee-and this thought fills my heart with joy. As for my part here below, I wish for no other than that which was thine: to believe sincerely without spiritual pleasures; to suffer joyfully without human consolation; to die continually to myself without respite; and to work zealously and unselfishly for thee until death as the humblest of thy servants. The only grace I beg thee to obtain for me is that every day and every moment of my life I may say: Amen, so be it's all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be it's all that thou art now doing in Heaven; Amen, so be it-to all that thou art doing in my soul, so that thou alone mayest fully glorify Jesus in me for time and eternity. Amen.


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Post by: Brigid on November 26, 2010, 04:53:50 PM
..... in that prison where souls that are spouses of Jesus Christ are detained [purgatory], Mary has a certain dominion and plenitude of power, not only to relieve them, but even to deliver them from their pains.

St. Bernadine of Sienna


.... Christian people may piously believe that the Blessed Virgin will help them after death by her continual intercession, her merits, and special protection; and that on Saturdays, the day consecrated by the Church to her, she will in a more particular manner help the souls of the brethren of the Confraternity of Our Blessed Lady of Mount Carmel who have departed this life in a state of grace, provided they have worn the habit, observed the chastity of their state, and recited her office: or, if they could not recite it, if they have observed the fasts of the Church, and abstained from meat on all Wednesdays except Christmas-day.

Bull of the year 1613 of Pope Paul V


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Post by: Brigid on November 26, 2010, 05:04:47 PM
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But I am not yet sufficiently thine. I now give myself wholly to thee without keeping anything back for myself or others. If thou still seest in me anything which does not belong to thee, I beseech thee to take it and to make thyself the absolute Mistress of all that is mine. Destroy in me all that may be displeasing to God, root it up and bring it to nought; place and cultivate in me everything that is pleasing to thee.


This will be the hardest for me, I think. It negates all my pride. I know that she deserves it, however I'm not able to totally give myself to her in order to truly serve her. I hope and pray that she allows me the grace so to do.


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Post by: Shin on November 26, 2010, 05:24:07 PM
Amen!  :D God help us all!


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Post by: martin on November 26, 2010, 05:33:22 PM
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Hail Mary, beloved Daughter of the Eternal Father! Hail Mary, admirable Mother of the Son! Hail Mary, faithful spouse of the Holy Ghost! Hail Mary, my dear Mother, my loving Mistress, my powerful sovereign! Hail my joy, my glory, my heart and my soul!

Hail Mary! as the ages run and through all eternity.  :angelbell:


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Post by: Brigid on November 27, 2010, 04:28:11 PM
23rd Day


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 120-121
Nature of perfect devotion to the Blessed Virgin
or perfect consecration to Jesus Christ

120. As all perfection consists in our being conformed, united and consecrated to Jesus it naturally follows that the most perfect of all devotions is that which conforms, unites, and consecrates us most completely to Jesus. Now of all God's creatures Mary is the most conformed to Jesus. It therefore follows that, of all devotions, devotion to her makes for the most effective consecration and conformity to him. The more one is consecrated to Mary, the more one is consecrated to Jesus. That is why perfect consecration to Jesus is but a perfect and complete consecration of oneself to the Blessed Virgin, which is the devotion I teach; or in other words, it is the perfect renewal of the vows and promises of holy baptism.

121. This devotion consists in giving oneself entirely to Mary in order to belong entirely to Jesus through her. It requires us to give:

(1) Our body with its senses and members;
(2) Our soul with its faculties;
(3) Our present material possessions and all we shall acquire in the future;
(4) Our interior and spiritual possessions, that is, our merits, virtues and good actions of the past, the present and the future.

In other words, we give her all that we possess both in our natural life and in our spiritual life as well as everything we shall acquire in the future in the order of nature, of grace, and of glory in heaven. This we do without any reservation, not even of a penny, a hair, or the smallest good deed. And we give for all eternity without claiming or expecting, in return for our offering and our service, any other reward than the honour of belonging to our Lord through Mary and in Mary, even though our Mother were not - as in fact she always is - the most generous and appreciative of all God's creatures.


Now pray the holy Rosary.


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Post by: Brigid on November 27, 2010, 04:33:42 PM
Finally, if we wish to relieve the holy souls in purgatory, let us do so by imploring the aid of our blessed Lady in all our prayers, and especially by offering the Rosary for them, as that relieves them greatly.

St. Alphonsus Liguori


... the gates of heaven will open to all who confide in the protection of Mary.

St. Bonaventure


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Post by: Shin on November 27, 2010, 06:35:17 PM
Finally, if we wish to relieve the holy souls in purgatory, let us do so by imploring the aid of our blessed Lady in all our prayers, and especially by offering the Rosary for them, as that relieves them greatly.

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

I always include 'Maria' with St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori's name, I feel he would not want to be quoted without it if possible. :D

I think the more we think on purgatory the more we realize how each of our faults requires expiation, and how we must strive for purity of intention and deed every day.


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Post by: martin on November 27, 2010, 07:00:32 PM
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I think the more we think on purgatory the more we realize how each of our faults requires expiation, and how we must strive for purity of intention and deed every day.

After reading about how many years one might spend in purgatory for each individual sin, it makes bearing with our trials and sufferings in this life all the more bearable. In fact adding our own mortifications makes much sense if we offer them in expediation for our sins and for the grace of true contrition.


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Post by: Brigid on November 28, 2010, 02:14:03 PM
24th Day


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, No. 152-164

This devotion is a smooth, short, perfect and sure way of attaining union with our Lord, in which Christian perfection consists. (a) This devotion is a smooth way. It is the path which Jesus Christ opened up in coming to us and in which there is no obstruction to prevent us reaching him. It is quite true that we can attain to divine union by other roads, but these involve many more crosses and exceptional setbacks and many difficulties that we cannot easily overcome. (b) This devotion is a short way to discover Jesus, either because it is a road we do not wander from, or because, as we have just said, we walk along this road with greater ease and joy, and consequently with greater speed. We advance more in a brief period of submission to Mary and dependence on her than in whole years of self-will and self-reliance. (c) This devotion is a perfect way to reach our Lord and be united to him, for Mary is the most perfect and the most holy of all creatures, and Jesus, who came to us in a perfect manner, chose no other road for his great and wonderful journey. The Most High, the Incomprehensible One, the Inaccessible One, He who is, deigned to come down to us poor earthly creatures who are nothing at all. How was this done? The Most High God came down to us in a perfect way through the humble Virgin Mary, without losing anything of his divinity or holiness. It is likewise through Mary that we poor creatures must ascend to almighty God in a perfect manner without having anything to fear.(d) This devotion to our Lady is a sure way to go to Jesus and to acquire holiness through union with him. The devotion which I teach is not new. Indeed it could not be condemned without overthrowing the foundations of Christianity. It is obvious then that this devotion is not new. If it is not commonly practised, the reason is that it is too sublime to be appreciated and undertaken by everyone. This devotion is a safe means of going to Jesus Christ, because it is Mary's role to lead us safely to her Son.


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Post by: Shin on November 28, 2010, 02:19:00 PM
I have heard of Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Communion, and devotion to Our Lady as the short ways. :D



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Post by: martin on November 28, 2010, 07:28:05 PM
I have heard of Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Communion, and devotion to Our Lady as the short ways. :D



And to add one more from St Alphonsus,    Meditaion on the Passion of our Lord.  :)

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This devotion is a safe means of going to Jesus Christ, because it is Mary's role to lead us safely to her Son.

O how close we must remain to Our Blessed Lady.
I attribute every act of repentance I've ever done to Her intercession and intervention.

Hail O Queen of heaven and earth and Mother of us all.  :harp: :angelbell:


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Post by: Shin on November 29, 2010, 01:19:44 PM
Yes the short route! :D We need all the helps we can get!


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Post by: Brigid on November 29, 2010, 03:21:26 PM
25th Day


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 213-225
Wonderful Effects of this Devotion

213. My dear friend, be sure that if you remain faithful to the interior and exterior practices of this devotion which I will point out, the following effects will be produced in your soul:

1. Knowledge of our unworthiness: By the light which the Holy Spirit will give you through Mary, his faithful spouse, you will perceive the evil inclinations of your fallen nature and how incapable you are of any good. Finally, the humble Virgin Mary will share her humility with you so that, although you regard yourself with distaste and desire to be disregarded by others, you will not look down slightingly upon anyone.

2. A share in Mary's faith

214. Mary will share her faith with you. Her faith on earth was stronger than that of all the patriarchs, prophets, apostles and saints.

3. The gift of pure love

215. The Mother of fair love will rid your heart of all scruples and inordinate servile fear.

4. Great confidence in God and in Mary

216. Our Blessed Lady will fill you with unbounded confidence in God and in herself: 1) Because you will no longer approach Jesus by yourself but always through Mary, your loving Mother.

5. Communication of the spirit of Mary

217. The soul of Mary will be communicated to you to glorify the Lord. Her spirit will take the place of
yours to rejoice in God, her Saviour, but only if you are faithful to the practices of this devotion.

6. Transformation into the likeness of Jesus

218. If Mary, the Tree of Life, is well cultivated in our soul by fidelity to this devotion, she will in due time bring forth her fruit which is none other than Jesus.

7. The greater glory of Christ

222. If you live this devotion sincerely, you will give more glory to Jesus in a month than in many years of a more demanding devotion.


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Post by: Shin on November 29, 2010, 03:24:30 PM
All of these priceless gifts!

And all of us together in this! :D


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Post by: Shin on November 29, 2010, 03:32:46 PM
It's a little crown for you in Heaven Brigid. :D


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Post by: Brigid on November 29, 2010, 03:37:43 PM
By this participation in the sufferings and feelings of Jesus, Mary merited to share in the Redemption of fallen humanity and consequently to become the Almoner of all the treasures that Jesus amassed for us by His bloody Death.

Pope St. Pius X

 
We venerate also the holy image of Our Lady, the truly most pure Mother of God, whose face, as it is written, will entreat all the rich among the people, with their prayers.

Pope St. Gregory II


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Post by: Brigid on November 29, 2010, 03:38:18 PM
It's a little crown for you in Heaven Brigid. :D


I hope and pray so.


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Post by: martin on November 29, 2010, 04:02:40 PM
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222. If you live this devotion sincerely, you will give more glory to Jesus in a month than in many years of a more demanding devotion.

For this alone it will be worth all the effort we put into practicing this devotion.

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It's a little crown for you in Heaven Brigid. Cheesy

And a help for us to attain ours as well. Thank you Brigid.  O:)


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Post by: Brigid on November 29, 2010, 04:10:16 PM
I figure it's the least I can do for Our Lady.


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Post by: Shin on November 29, 2010, 07:40:53 PM
I have heard of Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Communion, and devotion to Our Lady as the short ways. :D



And to add one more from St Alphonsus,    Meditaion on the Passion of our Lord.  :)

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This devotion is a safe means of going to Jesus Christ, because it is Mary's role to lead us safely to her Son.

O how close we must remain to Our Blessed Lady.
I attribute every act of repentance I've ever done to Her intercession and intervention.

Hail O Queen of heaven and earth and Mother of us all.  :harp: :angelbell:


'An act of perfect conformity to the will of God unites us more to Him than a hundred other acts of virtue.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

Gathering the shortcuts all together... to make purest saints. . we pray... O Lord save souls..


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Post by: Brigid on November 30, 2010, 03:57:07 PM
26th Day


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 12-38

"If you wish to understand the Mother," says a saint, "then understand the Son. She is a worthy Mother of God." Hic taceat omnis lingua : Here let every tongue be silent. My heart has dictated with special joy all that I have written to show that Mary has been unknown up till now, and that that is one of the reasons why Jesus Christ is not known as he should be. If then, as is certain, the knowledge and the kingdom of Jesus Christ must come into the world, it can only be as a necessary consequence of the knowledge and reign of Mary. She who first gave him to the world will establish his kingdom in the world.

With the whole Church I acknowledge that Mary, being a mere creature fashioned by the hands of God is, compared to his infinite majesty, less than an atom, or rather is simply nothing, since he alone can say, "I am he who is". Consequently, this great Lord, who is ever independent and self-sufficient, never had and does not now have any absolute need of the Blessed Virgin for the accomplishment of his will and the manifestation of his glory. To do all things he has only to will them. However, I declare that, considering things as they are, because God has decided to begin and accomplish his greatest works through the Blessed Virgin ever since he created her, we can safely believe that he will not change his plan in the time to come, for he is God and therefore does not change in his thoughts or his way of acting.

Mary is the Queen of heaven and earth by grace as Jesus is king by nature and by conquest. But as the kingdom of Jesus Christ exists primarily in the heart or interior of man, according to the words of the Gospel, "The kingdom of God is within you", so the kingdom of the Blessed Virgin is principally in the interior of man, that is, in his soul. It is principally in souls that she is glorified with her Son more than in any visible creature. So we may call her, as the saints do, Queen of our hearts.


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Post by: Shin on November 30, 2010, 03:58:18 PM
Hic taceat omnis lingua.

Those words mean a good deal to me. :D


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Post by: Brigid on November 30, 2010, 04:20:16 PM
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It is quite true that we can attain to divine union by other roads, but these involve many more crosses and exceptional setbacks and many difficulties that we cannot easily overcome. (b) This devotion is a short way to discover Jesus, either because it is a road we do not wander from, or because, as we have just said, we walk along this road with greater ease and joy, and consequently with greater speed. We advance more in a brief period of submission to Mary and dependence on her than in whole years of self-will and self-reliance
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Although this devotion to the Blessed Virgin (or St. Therese "Little Way") is less difficult in some ways, in order to reach that devotion and escape much of Purgatory and become simple along with having complete humility with total confidence in Him, we do need to do much of what the Saints of old - even the desert fathers - did.


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Post by: Shin on November 30, 2010, 04:49:12 PM
I love the Latin you're including Brigid. :D


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Post by: Shin on December 01, 2010, 07:51:29 AM
I have heard of Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Communion, and devotion to Our Lady as the short ways. :D



And to add one more from St Alphonsus,    Meditaion on the Passion of our Lord.  :)

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This devotion is a safe means of going to Jesus Christ, because it is Mary's role to lead us safely to her Son.

O how close we must remain to Our Blessed Lady.
I attribute every act of repentance I've ever done to Her intercession and intervention.

Hail O Queen of heaven and earth and Mother of us all.  :harp: :angelbell:


I've noticed another! Deo gratias!

'Obedience is a short cut to perfection.'

St. Philip Neri


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Post by: Brigid on December 01, 2010, 03:26:56 PM
27th Day


For this Week: Knowledge Of Jesus Christ

During this period we shall apply ourselves to the study of Jesus Christ. What is to be studied in Christ? First the God-Man, His grace and glory; then His rights to sovereign dominion over us; since, after having renounced Satan and the world, we have taken Jesus Christ for our Lord. What next shall be the object of our study? His exterior actions and also His interior life; namely, the virtues and acts of His Sacred Heart; His association with Mary in the mysteries of the Annunciation and Incarnation, during His infancy and hidden life, at the feast of Cana and on Calvary.


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 61-62

61. Jesus, our Saviour, true God and true man must be the ultimate end of all our other devotions; otherwise they would be false and misleading. He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and end of everything. "We labour," says St. Paul, "only to make all men perfect in Jesus Christ." For in him alone dwells the entire fullness of the divinity and the complete fullness of grace, virtue and perfection. In him alone we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing; he is the only teacher from whom we must learn; the only Lord on whom we should depend; the only Head to whom we should be united and the only model that we should imitate. He is the only Physician that can heal us; the only Shepherd that can feed us; the only Way that can lead us; the only Truth that we can believe; the only Life that can animate us. He alone is everything to us and he alone can satisfy all our desires. We are given no other name under heaven by which we can be saved. God has laid no other foundation for our salvation, perfection and glory than Jesus. Every edifice which is not built on that firm rock, is founded upon shifting sands and will certainly fall sooner or later. Through him, with him and in him, we can do all things and render all honour and glory to the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit; we can make ourselves perfect and be for our neighbour a fragrance of eternal life.

62. If then we are establishing sound devotion to our Blessed Lady, it is only in order to establish devotion to our Lord more perfectly, by providing a smooth but certain way of reaching Jesus Christ. If devotion to our Lady distracted us from our Lord, we would have to reject it as an illusion of the devil. But this is far from being the case. As I have already shown and will show again later on, this devotion is necessary, simply and solely because it is a way of reaching Jesus perfectly, loving him tenderly, and serving him faithfully.


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Post by: Brigid on December 01, 2010, 03:46:46 PM
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus

Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Jesus, hear us.
Jesus, graciously hear us.

God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the living God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, splendor of the Father, have mercy on us.
Jesus, brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of glory, have mercy on us.
Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Son of the Virgin Mary, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most amiable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most admirable, have mercy on us.
Jesus, mighty God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the world to come, have mercy on us.
Jesus, angel of great counsel, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most powerful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most patient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, most obedient, have mercy on us.
Jesus, meek and humble, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of chastity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of us, have mercy on us.
Jesus, God of peace, have mercy on us.
Jesus, author of life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, model of virtues, have mercy on us.
Jesus, lover of souls, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Father of the poor, have mercy on us.
Jesus, treasure of the faithful, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Good Shepherd, have mercy on us.
Jesus, true light, have mercy on us.
Jesus, eternal wisdom, have mercy on us.
Jesus, infinite goodness, have mercy on us.
Jesus, our way and our life, have mercy on us.
Jesus, joy of angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, King of patriarchs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, master of Apostles, have mercy on us.
Jesus, teacher of Evangelists, have mercy on us.
Jesus, strength of martyrs, have mercy on us.
Jesus, light of confessors, have mercy on us.
Jesus, purity of virgins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, crown of all saints, have mercy on us.

Be merciful, spare us, O Jesus.
Be merciful, graciously hear us, O Jesus.

From all evil, Jesus, deliver us.
From mall sin, Jesus, deliver us.
From Thy wrath, Jesus, deliver us.
From the snares of the devil, Jesus, deliver us.
From the spirit of fornication, Jesus, deliver us.
From everlasting death, Jesus, deliver us.
From the neglect of Thine inspirations, Jesus, deliver us.

Through the mystery of Thy holy Incarnation, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy nativity, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thine infancy, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy most divine life, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy labors, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thine agony and Passion, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy cross and dereliction, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy sufferings, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy death and burial, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy Resurrection, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thine Ascension, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thine institution of the most Holy Eucharist, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy joys, Jesus, deliver us.
Through Thy glory, Jesus, deliver us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Jesus.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Jesus, hear us,
Jesus, graciously hear us.

Let Us Pray. O Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast said: Ask and ye shall receive, seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be opened unto you; grant, we beseech Thee, to us who ask the gift of Thy divine love, that we may ever love Thee with all our hearts, and in all our words and actions, and never cease from praising Thee.

Give us, O Lord, a perpetual fear and love of Thy holy Name; for Thou never failest to govern those whom Thou dost solidly establish in Thy love, Who livest and reignest world without end.

Amen.


Kyrie, eleison, (Kyrie, eleison.)
Kyrie, eleison, Iesu, audi nos (Iesu, exaudi nos.)
Pater de caelis, Deus,
Fili, Redemptor mundi, Deus,
Spiritus Sancte, Deus,
Sancta Trinitas, unus Deus,
Iesu, Fili Dei vivi,
Iesu, splendor Patris,
Iesu, candor lucis aeternae,
Iesu, rex gloriae,
Iesu, sol iustitiae,
Iesu, Fili Mariae Virginis,
Iesu, amabilis,
Iesu, admirabilis,
Iesu, Deus fortis,
Iesu, pater futuri saeculi,
Iesu, magni consilii angele,
Iesu potentissime,
Iesu patientissime,
Iesu oboedientissime,
Iesu, mitis et humilis corde,
Iesu, amator castitatis,
Iesu, amator noster,
Iesu, Deus pacis,
Iesu, auctor vitae,
Iesu, exemplar virtutum,
Iesu, zelator animarum,
Iesu, Deus noster,
Iesu, refugium nostrum,
Iesu, pater pauperum,
Iesu, thesaure fidelium,
Iesu, bone pastor,
Iesu, lux vera,
Iesu, sapientia aeterna,
Iesu, bonitas infinita,
Iesu, via et vita nostra,
Iesu, gaudium Angelorum,
Iesu, rex Patriarcharum,
Iesu, magister Apostolorum,
Iesu, doctor Evangelistarum,
Iesu, fortitudo Martyrum,
Iesu, lumen Confessorum,
Iesu, puritas Virginum,
Iesu, corona Sanctorum omnium,

Propitius esto, (parce nobis, Iesu.)
Propitius esto, (exaudi nos, Iesu.)
Ab omni malo,
Ab omni peccato,
Ab ira tua,
Ab insidiis diaboli,
A spiritu fornicationis,
A morte perpetua,
A neglectu inspirationum tuarum,
Per mysterium sanctae Incarnationis tuae,
Per nativitatem tuam,
Per infantiam tuam,
Per divinissimam vitam tuam,
Per labores tuos,
Per agoniam et passionem tuam,
Per crucem et derelictionem tuam,
Per languores tuos,
Per mortem et sepulturam tuam,
Per resurrectionem tuam,
Per ascensionem tuam,
Per sanctissimae Eucharistiae institutionem tuam,
Per gaudia tua,
Per gloriam tuam,   

Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (parce nobis, Domine.)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (exaudi nos, Iesu.)
Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, (miserere nobis, Iesu.)
Iesu, audi nos, (Iesu, exaudi nos.)

Oremus. Domine Iesu Christe, qui dixisti: Petite et accipietis; quaerite et invenietis; pulsate et aperietur vobis; quaesumus, da nobis petentibus divinissimi tui amoris affectum, ut te toto corde, ore et opere diligamus et a tua numquam laude cessemus. Sancti Nominis tui, Domine, timorem pariter et amorem fac nos habere perpetuum, quia numquam tua gubernatione destituis, quos in soliditate, tuae dilectionis instituis. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula saeculorum. (Amen.)



Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 01, 2010, 03:51:58 PM
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then His rights to sovereign dominion over us; since, after having renounced Satan and the world, we have taken Jesus Christ for our Lord.

This reminds me of obedience -- We always must have a Lord and Master, forever and ever.. who shall we serve?

Ah, I see a litany just posted! And the Latin too! Thank you Brigid!

Jesus brightness of eternal light, have mercy on us...
Jesus, sun of justice, have mercy on us...
Jesus, our refuge, have mercy on us...


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 01, 2010, 04:09:58 PM
You're so right. Obedience was a definite hallmark of Mary's and something our Church allows us to practice.


Glory be to the Father, and to the Son: and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: world without end. Amen

Gloria Patri, et Filio: et Spiritui Sancto; Sicut erat in principio, et nunc, et semper: et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 02, 2010, 04:25:17 PM
28th Day


Matthew 26:1, 26-29, 36-46

And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended all these words, he said to his disciples: You know that after two days shall be the pasch, and the son of man shall be delivered up to be crucified...

...And whilst they were at supper, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and broke: and gave to his disciples, and said: Take ye, and eat. This is my body. And taking the chalice, he gave thanks, and gave to them, saying: Drink ye all of this. For this is my blood of the new testament, which shall be shed for many unto remission of sins. And I say to you, I will not drink from henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I shall drink it with you new in the kingdom of my Father...

...Then Jesus came with them into a country place which is called Gethsemani; and he said to his disciples: Sit you here, till I go yonder and pray. And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to grow sorrowful and to be sad. Then he saith to them: My soul is sorrowful even unto death: stay you here, and watch with me. And going a little further, he fell upon his face, praying, and saying: My Father, if it be possible, let this chalice pass from me. Nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. And he cometh to his disciples, and findeth them asleep, and he saith to Peter: What? Could you not watch one hour with me? Watch ye, and pray that ye enter not into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh weak. Again the second time, he went and prayed, saying: My Father, if this chalice may not pass away, but I must drink it, thy will be done. And he cometh again and findeth them sleeping: for their eyes were heavy. And leaving them, he went again: and he prayed the third time, saying the selfsame word. Then he cometh to his disciples, and saith to them: Sleep ye now and take your rest; behold the hour is at hand, and the Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us go: behold he is at hand that will betray me.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 02, 2010, 04:28:01 PM
O Jesus Living in Mary

O Jesus living in Mary,
Come and live in Thy servants,
In the spirit of Thy holiness,
In the fullness of Thy might,
In the truth of Thy virtues,
In the perfection of Thy ways,
In the communion of Thy mysteries;
Subdue every hostile power
In Thy spirit, for the glory of the Father. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 02, 2010, 04:36:43 PM
The knot tied by Eve's disobedience, was untied by the obedience of Mary.

St. Irenaeus


The Virgin Mary is given to us as an example of obedience as she says: Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it done unto me according to thy word.

St. Irenaeus


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 03, 2010, 06:41:43 AM
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O Jesus Living in Mary

O Jesus living in Mary,
Come and live in Thy servants,
In the spirit of Thy holiness,
In the fullness of Thy might,
In the truth of Thy virtues,
In the perfection of Thy ways,
In the communion of Thy mysteries;
Subdue every hostile power
In Thy spirit, for the glory of the Father. Amen.

Amen. :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 03, 2010, 02:50:58 PM
29th Day

Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 1
Of the Imitation of Christ, and Contempt of all the Vanities of the World

He that followeth Me, walketh not in darkness (John 8:12), saith the Lord. These are the words of Christ, by which we are admonished, how we ought to imitate His life and manners, if we would truly be enlightened, and delivered from all blindness of heart. Let therefore our chiefest endeavour be, to meditate upon the life of Jesus Christ.

The doctrine of Christ exceedeth all the doctrine of holy men.; and he that hath the Spirit will find therein the hidden manna (Apocalypse. 2:17). But it falleth out that many who often hear the Gospel of Christ, feel little desire after it, because they have not the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9). But Whosoever will fully and with relish understand the words of Christ, must endeavor to conform his life wholly to the life of Christ.

2. What doth it avail thee to discourse profoundly of the Trinity, if thou be void of humility, and art thereby displeasing to the Trinity? Surely profound words do not make a man holy and just; but a virtuous life maketh him dear to God. I had rather feel contrition, than know the definition thereof. If thou didst know the whole Bible by heart, and the sayings of all the philosophers, what would all that profit thee without the love of God (1 Cor. 13:2), and without His grace?

Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity (Eccles. 1:2), except to love God, and to serve Him only. This is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the world to press forward towards heavenly kingdoms.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 03, 2010, 05:04:25 PM
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Vanity of vanities, and all is vanity (Eccles. 1:2), except to love God, and to serve Him only. This is the highest wisdom, by contempt of the world to press forward towards heavenly kingdoms.

Amen. Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 03, 2010, 06:46:11 PM
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all is vanity (Eccles. 1:2), except to love God, and to serve Him only


And this is whether it be in obedience to Him via the duties He has given us as laity or whether it be in consecrated life.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 04, 2010, 02:40:25 PM
30th Day


Matthew 27:36-44

And they sat and watched him. And they put over his head his cause written: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then were crucified with him two thieves: one on the right hand, and one on the left. And they that passed by, blasphemed him, wagging their heads, And saying: Vah, thou that destroyest the temple of God, and in three days dost rebuild it: save thy own self: if thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. In like manner also the chief priests, with the scribes and ancients, mocking, said: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the king of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him now deliver him if he will have him; for he said: I am the Son of God. And the selfsame thing the thieves also, that were crucified with him, reproached him with.


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 2, Chapter 12
Of the King's High Way of the Holy Cross

Unto many this seemeth an hard saying, "Deny thyself, take up thy cross, and follow Jesus" (Matt. 16:24). But much harder will it be to hear that last word, "Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire" (Matt. 25:41). For they who now willingly hear and follow the word of the Cross, shall not then fear (Psalm 112:7) to hear the sentence of everlasting damnation. This sign of the Cross shall be in the heaven, when the Lord shall come to judgment (Matt. 24:30). Then all the servants of the Cross, who in their life-time conformed themselves unto Christ crucified, shall draw near unto Christ the Judge with great confidence.

Why therefore fearest thou to take up the Cross which leadeth thee to a kingdom? In the Cross is salvation, in the Cross is life, in the Cross is protection against our enemies, in the Cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the Cross is strength of mind, in the Cross joy of spirit, in the Cross the height of virtue, in the Cross the perfection of holiness.

Take up therefore thy Cross and follow Jesus (Luke 14:27), and thou shalt go into life everlasting.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 05, 2010, 08:17:06 AM
"Deny thyself, take up thy cross, and follow Jesus" (Matt. 16:24)

Amen. Help us Lord!

Come let us adore the Lord King of martyrs!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on December 05, 2010, 01:37:27 PM
Ah the cross the cross.
Why do I keep avoiding the very thing our Lord loved so much?

Lord have mercy.  :crucifix:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 05, 2010, 02:09:05 PM
31st Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 4, Chapter 2
That the Great Goodness and Love of God
Is Exhibited to Man in This Sacrament

In confidence of Thy goodness and great mercy, O Lord, I draw near, sick to the Healer, hungry and thirsty to the Fountain of life, needy to the King of Heaven, a servant to his Lord, a creature to the Creator, desolate to my own tender Comforter. "But whence is this to me," that Thou comest unto me (Luke 1:43)? What am I, that Thou shouldest grant me Thine own self? how dare a sinner appear before Thee?

And how is it that Thou dost vouchsafe to come unto a sinner? Thou knowest Thy servant, and art well aware that he hath in him no good thing, for which Thou shouldest grant him this. I confess therefore mine own vileness, I acknowledge Thy goodness, I praise Thy tender mercy, and give Thee thanks for Thy transcendent love.


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 243-254 243.

Loving slaves of Jesus in Mary should hold in high esteem devotion to Jesus, the Word of God, in the great mystery of the Incarnation, March 25th, which is the mystery proper to this devotion, because it was inspired by the Holy Spirit for the following reasons: a) That we might honour and imitate the wondrous dependence which God the Son chose to have on Mary, for the glory of his Father and for the redemption of man. This dependence is revealed especially in this mystery where Jesus becomes a captive and slave in the womb of his Blessed Mother, depending on her for everything. b) That we might thank God for the incomparable graces he has conferred upon Mary and especially that of choosing her to be his most worthy Mother. This choice was made in the mystery of the incarnation. These are the two principal ends of the slavery of Jesus in Mary.

245. a) Since we live in an age of pride when a great number of haughty scholars, with proud and critical minds, find fault even with long-established and sound devotions, it is better to speak of "slavery of Jesus in Mary" and to call oneself "slave of Jesus" rather than "slave of Mary". We then avoid giving any pretext for criticism. In this way, we name this devotion after its ultimate end which is Jesus, rather than after the way and the means to arrive there, which is Mary. However, we can very well use either term without any scruple, as I myself do.

246. b) Since the principal mystery celebrated and honoured in this devotion is the mystery of the Incarnation where we find Jesus only in Mary, having become incarnate in her womb, it is appropriate for us to say, "slavery of Jesus in Mary", of Jesus dwelling enthroned in Mary, according to the beautiful prayer, recited by so many great souls, "O Jesus living in Mary".

249. Those who accept this devotion should have a great love for the Hail Mary, or, as it is called, the Angelic Salutation. Few Christians, however enlightened, understand the value, merit, excellence and necessity of the Hail Mary. Our Blessed Lady herself had to appear on several occasions to men of great holiness and insight, such as St. Dominic, St. John Capistran and Blessed Alan de Rupe, to convince them of the richness of this prayer.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 06, 2010, 12:29:00 PM
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And how is it that Thou dost vouchsafe to come unto a sinner? Thou knowest Thy servant, and art well aware that he hath in him no good thing, for which Thou shouldest grant him this.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 06, 2010, 01:16:37 PM
32nd Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 2, Chapter 7
Of the Love of Jesus above All Things

Blessed is he that understandeth (Psalm 119:1,2) what it is to love Jesus, and to despise himself for Jesus' sake. Thou oughtest to leave thy beloved, for thy beloved (Deut. 6:5; Matt. 22:37; Cant. 2:16); for that Jesus will be loved alone above all things.

The love of things created is deceitful and inconstant; the love of Jesus is faithful and persevering. He that cleaveth unto a creature, shall fall with that which is subject to fall; he that embraceth Jesus shall be made strong for ever.

2. Love Him, and keep Him for thy friend, who, when all go away, will not forsake thee, nor suffer thee to perish in the end. Some time or other thou must be separated from all, whether thou wilt or no. Keep close to Jesus both in life and in death, and commit thyself unto His faithfulness, who, when all fail, can alone help thee.

Thy Beloved is of that nature, that He will admit of no rival; but will have thy heart alone, and sit on His throne as King. If thou couldest empty thyself perfectly from all creatures, Jesus would willingly dwell with thee.

From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 257-260

There are some very sanctifying interior practices for those souls who feel called by the Holy Spirit to a high degree of perfection. They may be expressed in four words, doing everything through Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary, in order to do it more perfectly through Jesus, with Jesus, in Jesus, and for Jesus.

Through Mary

258. We must do everything through Mary, that is, we must obey her always and be led in all things by her spirit, which is the Holy Spirit of God. "Those who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God," says St. Paul. Those who are led by the spirit of Mary are children of Mary, and, consequently children of God, as we have already shown. Among the many servants of Mary only those who are truly and faithfully devoted to her are led by her spirit. I have said that the spirit of Mary is the spirit of God because she was never led by her own spirit, but always by the spirit of God, who made himself master of her to such an extent that he became her very spirit. That is why St. Ambrose says, "May the soul of Mary be in each one of us to glorify the Lord. May the spirit of Mary be in each one of us to rejoice in God." Happy is the man who follows the example of the good Jesuit Brother Rodriguez, who died a holy death, because he will be completely possessed and governed by the spirit of Mary, a spirit which is gentle yet strong, zealous yet prudent, humble yet courageous, pure yet fruitful.

With Mary

260. We must do everything with Mary, that is to say, in all our actions we must look upon Mary, although a simple human being, as the perfect model of every virtue and perfection, fashioned by the Holy Spirit for us to imitate, as far as our limited capacity allows. In every action then we should consider how Mary performed it or how she would perform it if she were in our place. For this reason, we must examine and meditate on the great virtues she practised during her life, especially: 1) Her lively faith, by which she believed the angel's word without the least hesitation, and believed faithfully and constantly even to the foot of the Cross on Calvary. 2) Her deep humility, which made her prefer seclusion, maintain silence, submit to every eventuality and put herself in the last place.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 06, 2010, 01:21:05 PM
On the 34th day of the consecration (the day of the consecration-The Immaculate Conception of Mary)
either fast, give alms, or offer a votive candle for the good of another (or all of the above); do some spiritual penance and approach consecration in the spirit of mortification.

Go to Confession (or, if that is not possible, go during the 8 days prior) and then receive Communion with the intention of giving yourself to Jesus, as a slave of love, by the hands of Mary. Try to receive Communion per the method described in the Supplement of the book, "True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary" above.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 07, 2010, 08:18:07 AM
Thank you Brigid.. what a fitting conclusion!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 07, 2010, 01:38:10 PM
33rd Day


Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 4, Chapter 11
That the Blood of Christ and the Holy Scriptures
Are Most Necessary unto a Faithful Soul

O most sweet Lord Jesus, how great is the pleasure of the devout soul that feasteth with Thee in Thy banquet; where there is set for her no other food to be eaten but Thyself, her only Beloved, and most to be desired above all the desires of her heart! To me also it would be indeed sweet, in Thy presence to pour forth tears from the very bottom of my heart, and with the grateful Magdalene to wash Thy feet with tears (Luke 7:38). But where is that devotion? Where that bountiful flowing of holy tears? Surely in the sight of Thee and Thy holy Angels, my whole heart ought to burn, and to weep for joy. For in this Sacrament I have Thee mystically present, hidden under another shape. For to look upon Thee in Thine own Divine brightness, mine eyes would not be able to endure; nor could even the whole world stand in the splendor of the glory of Thy majesty. Herein then Thou hast regard to my weakness, that Thou dost hide Thyself under this Sacrament.


From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 261-265

In Mary

261. We must do everything in Mary. To understand this we must realise that the Blessed Virgin is the true earthly paradise of the new Adam and that the ancient paradise was only a symbol of her. There are in this earthly paradise untold riches, beauties, rarities and delights, which the new Adam, Jesus Christ, has left there. It is in this paradise that he "took his delights" for nine months, worked his wonders and displayed his riches with the magnificence of God himself.In this earthly paradise grows the real Tree of Life which bore our Lord, the fruit of Life, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which bore the Light of the world. In this divine place there are trees planted by the hand of God and watered by his divine unction which have borne and continue to bear fruit that is pleasing to him. Only the Holy Spirit can teach us the truths that these material objects symbolise. 262. The Holy Spirit speaking through the Fathers of the Church, also calls our Lady the Eastern Gate, through which the High Priest, Jesus Christ, enters and goes out into the world. Through this gate he entered the world the first time and through this same gate he will come the second time.

For Mary

265. Finally, we must do everything for Mary. We take Mary for our proximate end, our mysterious intermediary and the easiest way of reaching him. Relying on her protection, we should undertake and carry out great things for our noble Queen. We must defend her privileges when they are questioned and uphold her good name when it is under attack. We must attract everyone, if possible, to her service and to this true and sound devotion. As a reward for these little services, we should expect nothing in return save the honour of belonging to such a lovable Queen and the joy of being united through her to Jesus, her Son, by a bond that is indissoluble in time and in eternity.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 07, 2010, 01:41:14 PM
Thank you Brigid.. what a fitting conclusion!

Thank you. After today, there is only one more day! That is the actual consecration, which I will post.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 07, 2010, 01:43:12 PM
For this 33rd day - the day before the actual consecration to Our Beloved Jesus through His Mother, Mary.



O Jesus Living in Mary

O Jesus living in Mary,
Come and live in Thy servants,
In the spirit of Thy holiness,
In the fullness of Thy might,
In the truth of Thy virtues,
In the perfection of Thy ways,
In the communion of Thy mysteries;
Subdue every hostile power
In Thy spirit, for the glory of the Father.
Amen.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Patricia on December 07, 2010, 02:48:18 PM
Did you all do this consecration for 33 days?  How did I not know about it? :confuzed:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 07, 2010, 06:26:45 PM
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Did you all do this consecration for 33 days?  How did I not know about it?


 :shrug:  But since the consecration is tomorrow, you can start on the 33 day (actually 34 day) consecration with the 34th day ending on any day, but preferably a feast of Our Lady.



Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on December 07, 2010, 06:41:29 PM
Thank you Brigid for your dedication in presenting this consecration that we all may follow.
May the Blessed Virgin concern herself in all your affairs as you have concerned yourself in Hers.  :+:

Ave Ave Maria.  :angelbell:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 07, 2010, 06:49:31 PM
Thank you so much, Martin!  :+: :crucifix:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 08, 2010, 12:36:28 AM
We will have to do this 33 day consecration again someday. :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 08, 2010, 12:43:28 PM
The words of consecration are:

O Eternal and incarnate Wisdom! O sweetest and most adorable Jesus! True God and true man, only Son of the Eternal Father, and of Mary, always virgin! I adore Thee profoundly in the bosom and splendors of Thy Father during eternity; and I adore Thee also in the virginal bosom of Mary, Thy most worthy Mother, in the time of Thine incarnation.

I give Thee thanks for that Thou hast annihilated Thyself, taking the form of a slave in order to rescue me from the cruel slavery of the devil. I praise and glorify Thee for that Thou hast been pleased to submit Thyself to Mary, Thy holy Mother, in all things, in order to make me Thy faithful slave through her. But, alas! Ungrateful and faithless as I have been, I have not kept the promises which I made so solemnly to Thee in my Baptism; I have not fulfilled my obligations; I do not deserve to be called Thy child, nor yet Thy slave; and as there is nothing in me which does not merit Thine anger and Thy repulse, I dare not come by myself before Thy most holy and august Majesty. It is on this account that I have recourse to the intercession of Thy most holy Mother, whom Thou hast given me for a mediatrix with Thee. It is through her that I hope to obtain of Thee contrition, the pardon of my sins, and the acquisition and preservation of wisdom.

Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.

I, N_____, a faithless sinner, renew and ratify today in thy hands the vows of my Baptism; I renounce forever Satan, his pomps and works; and I give myself entirely to Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, to carry my cross after Him all the days of my life, and to be more faithful to Him than I have ever been before. In the presence of all the heavenly court I choose thee this day for my Mother and Mistress. I deliver and consecrate to thee, as thy slave, my body and soul, my goods, both interior and exterior, and even the value of all my good actions, past, present and future; leaving to thee the entire and full right of disposing of me, and all that belongs to me, without exception, according to thy good pleasure, for the greater glory of God in time and in eternity.

Receive, O benignant Virgin, this little offering of my slavery, in honor of, and in union with, that subjection which the Eternal Wisdom deigned to have to thy maternity; in homage to the power which both of you have over this poor sinner, and in thanksgiving for the privileges with which the Holy Trinity has favored thee. I declare that I wish henceforth, as thy true slave, to seek thy honor and to obey thee in all things.

O admirable Mother, present me to thy dear Son as His eternal slave, so that as He has redeemed me by thee, by thee He may receive me! O Mother of mercy, grant me the grace to obtain the true Wisdom of God; and for that end receive me among those whom thou lovest and teachest, whom thou leadest, nourishest and protectest as thy children and thy slaves.

O faithful Virgin, make me in all things so perfect a disciple, imitator and slave of the Incarnate Wisdom, Jesus Christ thy Son, that I may attain, by thine intercession and by thine example, to the fullness of His age on earth and of His glory in Heaven. Amen.

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Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on December 08, 2010, 12:52:18 PM
After your consecration to Jesus through Mary, read True Devotion to Mary, pray the Rosary as often as possible and renew the consecration once a year on the same date chosen above, and by following the same 33-day period of exercises. If desired, also renew the consecration monthly with the prayer, "I am all thine and all I have is thine, O dear Jesus, through Mary, Thy holy Mother."


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 08, 2010, 01:50:56 PM
After your consecration to Jesus through Mary, read True Devotion to Mary, pray the Rosary as often as possible and renew the consecration once a year on the same date chosen above, and by following the same 33-day period of exercises. If desired, also renew the consecration monthly with the prayer, "I am all thine and all I have is thine, O dear Jesus, through Mary, Thy holy Mother."


Hmm.. I think a note on the Saints' Discussion Forums calendar may be called for! :D


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on December 08, 2010, 05:02:07 PM
'Modern times are dominated by Satan and will be more so in the future. The conflict with hell cannot be engaged by men, even the most clever. The Immaculata alone has from God the promise of victory over Satan. However, assumed into Heaven, the Mother of God now requires our cooperation. She seeks souls who will consecrate themselves entirely to her, who will become in her hands effective instruments for the defeat of Satan and the spreading of God's kingdom upon earth.'

St. Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941 A.D.)


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: martin on December 08, 2010, 08:12:33 PM
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Hail, then, O immaculate Mary, living tabernacle of the Divinity, where the Eternal Wisdom willed to be hidden and to be adored by angels and by men! Hail, O Queen of Heaven and earth, to whose empire everything is subject which is under God. Hail, O sure refuge of sinners, whose mercy fails no one. Hear the desires which I have of the Divine Wisdom; and for that end receive the vows and offerings which in my lowliness I present to thee.

This prayer can lift you out of the doldrums and overcome all despondency.

I love it so much.  :harp:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on January 01, 2011, 07:04:22 PM
This is a daily consecration to Jesus through Mary that I really like and is fitting for posting this day:


My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to your son Jesus Christ through you: and to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am your own, keep me, guard me, as your property and possession.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on January 01, 2011, 08:57:42 PM
This is a daily consecration to Jesus through Mary that I really like and is fitting for posting this day:


My Queen and my Mother, I give myself entirely to your son Jesus Christ through you: and to show my devotion to you, I consecrate to you this day my eyes, my ears, my mouth, my heart, my whole being without reserve. Wherefore, good Mother, as I am your own, keep me, guard me, as your property and possession.

Ah, I truly like this too Brigid!

I always like prayers that emphasize praying for and consecrating one's senses and faculties! I think that specific prayer for these is very helpful.



Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on May 18, 2011, 03:53:58 PM
Ave, maris stella,
Dei Mater alma,
Atque semper Virgo,
Felix caeli porta.

Sumens illud Ave
Gabrielis ore,
Funda nos in pace,
Mutans Hevae nomen.

Solve vincla reis,
Profer lumen caecis,
Mala nostra pelle,
Bona cuncta posce.

Monstra te esse Matrem,
Sumat per te preces,
Qui pro nobis natus,
Tulit esse tuus.

Virgo singularis,
Inter omnes mitis,
Nos, culpis solutos,
Mites fac et castos

Vitam praesta puram,
Iter para tutum,
Ut, videntes Jesum
Semper collaetemur

Sit laus Deo Patri,
Summo Christo decus,
Spiritui Sancto,
Tribus honor unus. Amen.



Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on May 19, 2011, 11:52:00 AM
Ave Maria!

Hail Mary, Star of the Sea!

One of my old parishes was Our Lady Star of the Sea.. sadly it no longer has that name due to a consolidation of parishes, which was also a sad story in and of itself, since it was not desired by the people.

I feel like doing a consecration again before too much longer.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Patricia on May 19, 2011, 12:58:41 PM
Make an announcement if you or Brigid start it again, and I'll join too. O:)


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Brigid on May 19, 2011, 01:32:36 PM
This summer has a number of dates to start the consecration on - to end on a Marian feast day, that is.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 03, 2011, 11:38:12 AM
For folks who missed this last year, a good time to begin again is on this coming November 5th, so you can end the consecration on a Feast Day of Our Lady.  :D Here we have a whole thread devoted to it.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 05, 2011, 08:07:20 AM
May God please bless us and help us to be all the more consecrated to Our Lady as this year comes to a close and a new one prepares to come before us.


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Patricia on November 05, 2011, 12:59:46 PM
Thank you, Brigid.  Since I missed it the last time I will begin today. :crucifix:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 07, 2011, 04:38:46 AM
I am looking forwards to the feast!


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: A Catholic on November 18, 2011, 02:24:12 PM
Hello to all.   :happywave:  As you can see, I am brand new here.  I was looking for a forum where people are truly seeking the spiritual and not just to fight with one another to get their own opinions across, and I think I may have found it here!  I have read through a couple of threads and am very impressed with what I am seeing.  I am now also doing the preparation for Consecration to Mary.  It is something I have wanted to do a long time and finally decided that this would be the time.  The posts are very encouraging and uplifting.  Just for a little background, I am a cradle Catholic but left the Church when I was a teenager and after decades in the spiritual wilderness of the world, I came back home.  I returned on August 14, 2007, the day before the Assumption.  Ironically, the last Mass I attended before leaving was December 8.  So to do the Total Consecration on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception means a lot to me. 

I have truly come to see that our Blessed Mother is the true path to her son.  I use to have an altar to her in my room when I was little, and I think that even though I turned my back on her, she has never left me. 

Thank you all for allowing me to make this journey with you. 


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Patricia on November 18, 2011, 09:26:08 PM
A Catholic, welcome to the Saintsforum and thank you for sharing your journey with us. :D We are a small but close knit forum and we try to keep a spirit of joy and cordiality  with each other. I am glad you appreciate it.  :) Our Lady is truly compassionate. If only everyone knew her as the Mediatrix of all graces.  :crucifix:  A big welcome to you!

You can browse through the forum rules which you will find in the first section ' Announcements, news and updates' and if you wish you can renew old threads which would be very interesting. Feel free to ask if you have any doubts or questions.  :happywave:


Title: Re: 33 Day Consecration to Mary - St Louis de Montfort
Post by: Shin on November 19, 2011, 02:47:39 AM
Welcome to the forums! I hope you have a great time here! Look forwards to hearing more from you! Stop by for coffee sometime! :D

Deo gratias et Mariae semper Virgini! Salve Regina!