31 Aug The “Sweet Path”…
Continuation, Saint Louis de Montfort
By Henry Walker
Consecration to Mother of God involves: “doing everything through Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary”. In short, we become slaves of Mary, as the Queen of heaven, the dispenser of all graces; a servant of she who holds the key to the Divine treasury. Some find fault with this praiseworthy term, who reason that it might not be proper to use the word “slave” in regards to Mary, a creature. To them we lovingly echo the words of Saint Louis de Montfort:
“If people are unwilling to call themselves slaves of Mary, what does it matter? Let them become and call themselves slaves of Jesus Christ, for this is the same as being slaves of Mary, since Jesus is the fruit and glory of Mary.”
Louis de Montfort states that we should offer ourselves up entirely to Mary, including:
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.
This is understandably a daunting prospect! However, we can see and admire the beautifully selfless act we are called to make. We give ourselves entirely to our Mother, purely to serve her and her Divine Son; and called to do so out of love! But fear not; our Mother is most generous… We trust – and know – that she understands our needs better than we do, and will supply us with abundant graces, so much so that Saints who practice this devotion are said to walk a “sweet path” to Jesus.
Much more than this, it can be said that our unworthiness will be covered by the worthiness of our Queen. All our actions and prayers will pass through the Immaculate hands of Mary, in a sense; clothing us with her impeccable graces.
The seven principle effects of this devotion are a wonderful incentive:
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 apart from that which God produces in you as Author of nature and of grace.”
2. A Share in Mary’s Faith
“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
“She will fill your heart with pure love of which she is the treasury.”
4. Great Confidence in God and in Mary
“Since you have given her all your merits, graces and satisfactions to dispose of as she pleases, she imparts to you her own virtues and clothes you in her own merits. So you will be able to say confidently to God: “Behold Mary, your handmaid, be it done unto me according to your word.”
5. Communication of the Spirit of Mary
“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. As 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!’”
6. Transformation into the Likeness of Jesus
“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
“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.”
Our Saint calls Mary; “an echo of God, speaking and repeating only God. If you say ‘Mary’ she says ‘God’.” We can see then that God is the principle end of this devotion, and it is true that by faithfully practising it; “we give to Jesus all we can possibly give him, and in the most perfect manner, that is, through Mary's hands.”
Article One Here
- Saint Louis' Total Concentration Way
- PREPARATION FOR TOTAL CONSECRATION TO OUR LADY (33 day program PDF)
Henry Walker is a freelance writer and novelist, focussing on sharing with others what he has come to discover as the greatest treasure and blessing… The Catholic Faith!