Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ad Jesum Per Mariam! To Jesus Through Mary!

Mary is the admirable echo of God.  When we say, "Mary," she answers, "God."
~Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort, 1673-1716

Ave Maria! Today is the 300th anniversary of the death of St. Louis de Montfort.  If you feel overwhelmed by the plethora of information about him and Montfortian spirituality out there on the Web, here are a few links to get you started.

21 Things St. Louis de Montfort Said About the Rosary and Marian Devotion.  “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.”  Read more here.

Rosary Advice from St. Louis de Montfort.  The author of this article, Fr. Edward Looney, a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin and a member of the Mariological Society of America, sums up all the salient points of St. Louis de Montfort's small but powerfully packed book The Secret of the Rosary.  Read more here.

The Spirituality of St. Louis de Montfort.  This article was written by the well-known and much-loved Montfort priest Father Patrick Gaffney, professor of theology and dogma and renowned spiritual writer, who died in 2012 at the age of 84.  Fr. Gaffney begins his article with this important observation:  "St Louis Marie de Montfort is probably best-known for his devotion to our Blessed Lady.  However, his particular spirituality is founded on the mystery of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, and is truly Christocentric."  Read more here -- and please note that you will have to manually advance to the pages that follow by going to the menu on the left and clicking each title.

A biography of St. Louis de Montfort can be found here and here.

Ad Jesum per Mariam!  To Jesus through Mary!  That was St. Louis de Montfort's motto, his rule of life, his everlasting goal, and his constant prayer.  May it be ours as well as we pray with him on this 300th anniversary of his death: "My beloved Mother, grant that I may have no other spirit but your spirit to know Jesus Christ and His Divine Will and to praise and glorify the Lord, that I may love God with a burning love like yours." Deo gratias!

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