01 Sep Victory of the Immaculate
Continuation of Saint Louis de Montfort
By Henry Walker
Louis De Montfort predicted that in the latter times great Saints would rise up the likes of which the world has never seen before. He writes:
“Towards the end of the world … Almighty God and His holy Mother are to raise up saints who will surpass in holiness most other saints as much as the cedars of Lebanon tower above little shrubs.”
As we read this prophecy, Saints such as Padre Pio and Maximillian Kolbe may spring to mind… But there is even the possibility that the future Saints of the Immaculate will shine with an even more resplendent glory than these two magnificent souls.
It becomes clear that as the final struggle between the Children of Satan and the Children of God draws towards its conclusion; the battle lines are defined with a greater clarity. The Devil rages with increased temerity against the Faithful sons of the Immaculate, while the age-old devotion of unrestrained consecration to the Mother of God is brought forward with a newfound vigour.
While total consecration to Mary is an ancient practice, it has been very slowly unveiled to the Church as a whole. To the point that many have come to see it as an entirely new devotion; a novelty even… But this is not the case. Rather only now the Holy Spirit seems to have deemed it time for Consecration to His Spouse to be brought to fruition. The number of fortunate souls who are consecrating themselves to the Blessed Virgin Mary are ever increasing, and by doing so truly and manifestly enlisting themselves to fight in the army of God, waging war against sin and endeavouring to serve Jesus Christ in the most intimate of manners.
“To serve Mary and to be her courtier is the greatest honour we can possibly possess. For to serve the Queen of Heaven is already to reign on high, and to live under her commands is a greater thing than to govern!” – Saint John Damascene
I briefly mentioned Saint Maximillian Kolbe, who fought tirelessly for the Immaculate, and as such was raised to the alters in a most glorious fashion. His head was adorned with the duel crowns of martyrdom and virginity, one red; the other white. Both made their way to him through the pure hands of this Queen. It was his dream for the entire Franciscan order to consecrate themselves to the Immaculata by a fourth vow, only this vision of the Saint was never realised, with some suggesting this was due to pressure mounted against the idea.
This may sound familiar… Franciscans with a fourth vow, a vow of total and unrestrained consecration to the Immaculate. “The Franciscans of the Immaculate” were – and I say were because they have largely been suppressed – a religious institute of consecrated life founded in part by Father Stefano Maria Pio Manelli. They adopted a version of Franciscan observance that was called radical by many; but which in fact was a deeply pure and genuine manifestation of the spirit of Saint Francis.
“I greet you, Lady, Holy Queen, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Virgin who became the Church, chosen by the most holy Father of Heaven; consecrated to holiness through His most holy and beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. In you was and is the whole fullness of grace and everything that is good.” – St. Francis of Assisi
The previously mentioned founder of the Franciscans of the Immaculate is a brilliant man indeed, a personal consort of his namesake Padre Pio; he is even one of the Saints spiritual sons. The order was formed so as to provide a fountain of tradition, an authentic Franciscan mission; all the while implementing the wonderful desires and teachings of both Saints Maximillian Kolbe and Padre Pio. It should come as no surprise that these Friars have been ruthlessly opposed and their order deconstructed. Perhaps the notion of a whole Religious institute both traditional and totally consecrated by solemn vow to the Immaculate is too scary? For some indeed, it may be.
(Please in your charity pray a decade or more of the Rosary for the men that belong to this group, they surely need it.)
Saint Louis De Monfort tells us that Satan strikes out with particular malice against the Children consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. One can visualise this as a snake with its head being gradually and permanently crushed underfoot… The serpent thrashes around as it is trampled, its infernal anger growing ever hotter as the long-awaited end approaches. The snake strikes with venomous fangs at the heel of this Woman, manifesting on the earthly plane as an increased attack on souls marked with the crown of Holy Slavery to their Queen. But fear not; the thrashing will soon cease. We will hear the almighty “crunch” of that wicked skull, occasioned by a trumpet, “come to judgement” will be the cry, culminating in the consummation of all things and the Glory of God!
Monfort, speaking of the Devil, tells us:
“He will presently raise up new persecutions, and will put terrible snares before the faithful servants and true children of Mary, whom it gives him more trouble to surmount than it does to conquer others.”
We should not be alarmed then, when those who attempt to promote and formalise consecration are suppressed, Monfort predicted the same even for himself and for his “little book”, as he termed it.
The Saints of the Immaculate will be glorious warriors of God, like Saint Louis De Monfort himself, like Saints Kolbe and Pio, and all the other meteoric Saints which have graced the earth in recent years. It might just be my privilege to write something that one of them may read, even this little article could fall under the gaze of one highly favoured by God; a soul assigned a mission like no other.
Again, Saint Monfort describes these warriors of the latter times:
“They will have the two-edged sword of the Word of God in their mouths and the bloodstained standard of the Cross on their shoulders. They will carry the crucifix in their right hand and the Rosary in their left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on their heart.”
Is the Rosary currently in your hand, and the crucifix in the other? Are you consecrated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, making a perfect gift of yourself to her? Regardless of whether we are in the times of which Monfort speaks, great or lesser; we are all called to be Saints. We have a unique mission and God has given us certain talents and graces to use to complete it. We can truly only ever fulfil our purpose fully, complying with the graces – however grand – entirely; if we consecrate ourselves to the Mother of God. We take up her Standard, and go on to fight with a renewed vigour; utilising all the weapons which our Queen has graciously provided us with.
The Holy Rosary; our sword. The crucifix; our shield. Our Lady's brown scapular; our armour. The miraculous medal; our breastplate. And on and on… We have been given these holy tools, tools which should be used as they were intended; to strike fear into the enemy and see us victorious as we wade through the skirmish of life.
My aim in writing this is to urge you to action, to encourage even just one person to take the necessary steps towards sanctity. Let us now make a firm intention to consecrate ourselves entirely to the Mother of God. If we have already done so; reaffirm the consecration. If we have not; resolve to follow the 33-day consecration laid down by Saint Louis De Montfort in his work; “True Devotion to Mary”. There is nothing more important for us to do, nothing more pressing… I feel we are nearing the point of consummation, the glorious triumph of Jesus Christ; and the final Victory of the Immaculate!
Article one Here!
Article two Here!
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!