Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
12 Days of Preparation renouncing the spirit of the world
Day 11 of 33:
Meditate on Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 1, Chapter 25
On the Fervent Amendment of our Whole Life
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
“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.
Listen, Sing and Watch or Pray just the words depending on your time constraints: Veni Creator, Ave Maris Stella, Magnificat, and Glory Be
And in our souls take up thy rest;
Come with Thy grace and heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Great Paraclete! To Thee we cry,
O highest gift of God most high!
O font of life! O fire of love!
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known,
The finger of God’s hand we own;
The promise of the Father, Thou!
Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses ‘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 true 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.
All glory while the ages run
Be to the Father and the Son
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Ghost, eternally. Amen.
God’s own Mother blest,
Ever sinless Virgin,
Gate of heavenly rest.
Which from Gabriel came,
Peace confirm within us,
Changing Eva’s name.
Light on blindness pour,
All our ills expelling,
Every bliss implore.
May the Word Divine,
Born for us thy Infant,
Hear our prayers through thine.
Mildest of the mild,
Freed from guilt, preserve us,
Pure and undefiled.
Keep our life all spotless,
Make our way secure,
Till we find in Jesus
Through the highest heaven
To the Almighty Three,
Father, Son and Spirit,
One same glory be. Amen.
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
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, and 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.
St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary paragraphs 83-89
83. It is more perfect because it supposes greater humility to approach God through a mediator rather
than directly by ourselves. Our human nature, as I have just shown, is so spoilt that if we rely on our own
work, effort and preparedness to reach God and please him, it is certain that our good works will be tainted
and carry little weight with him. They will not induce him to unite himself to us or answer our prayers. God
had his reasons for giving us mediators with him. He saw our unworthiness and helplessness and had pity
on us. To give us access to his mercies he provided us with powerful advocates, so that to neglect these
mediators and to approach his infinite holiness directly and without help from any one of them, is to be
lacking in humility and respect towards God who is so great and holy. It would mean that we have less
esteem for the King of kings than for an earthly king or ruler, for we would not dare approach an earthly
king without a friend to speak for us.
84. Our Lord is our Advocate and our Mediator of redemption with God the Father. It is through him
that we must pray with the whole Church, triumphant and militant. It is through him that we have access to
God the Father. We should never appear before God, our Father, unless we are supported by the merits of
his Son, and, so to speak, clothed in them, as young Jacob was clothed in the skin of the young goats when
he appeared before his father Isaac to receive his blessing.
85. But have we no need at all of a mediator with the Mediator himself? Are we pure enough to be
united directly to Christ without any help? Is Jesus not God, equal in every way to the Father? Therefore is
he not the Holy of Holies, having a right to the same respect as his Father? If in his infinite love he became
our security and our Mediator with his Father, whom he wished to appease in order to redeem us from our debts, should we on that account show him less respect and have less regard for the majesty and holiness of
the divinely-honoured Mary is the one most able to fulfil this office of love. Through her, Jesus came to us;
through her we should go to him. If we are afraid of going directly to Jesus, who is God, because of his
infinite greatness, or our lowliness, or our sins, let us implore without fear the help and intercession of
Mary, our Mother. She is kind, she is tender, and there is nothing harsh or forbidding about her, nothing too
sublime or too brilliant. When we see her, we see our own human nature at its purest. She is not the sun,
dazzling our weak sight by the brightness of its rays. Rather, she is fair and gentle as the moon, which
receives its light from the sun and softens it and adapts it to our limited perception.
She is so full of love that no one who asks for her intercession is rejected, no matter how sinful he
may be. The saints say that it has never been known since the world began that anyone had recourse to our
Blessed Lady, with trust and perseverance, and was rejected. Her power is so great that her prayers are
never refused. She has but to appear in prayer before her Son and he at once welcomes her and grants her
requests. He is always lovingly conquered by the prayers of the dear Mother who bore him and nourished
86. All this is taken from St. Bernard and St. Bonaventure. According to them, we have three steps to
take in order to reach God. The first, nearest to us and most suited to our capacity, is Mary; the second is
Jesus Christ; the third is God the Father. To go to Jesus, we should go to Mary, our mediatrix of
intercession. To go to God the Father, we must go to Jesus, our Mediator of redemption. This order is
perfectly observed in the devotion I shall speak about further on.
Fifth principle: It is difficult to keep the graces received from God
87. It is very difficult, considering our weakness and frailty, to keep the graces and treasures we have
received from God.
1. We carry this treasure, which is worth more than heaven and earth, in fragile vessels, that is, in a
corruptible body and in a weak and wavering soul which requires very little to depress and disturb it.
2. The evil spirits, cunning thieves that they are, can take us by surprise and rob us of all we
possess. They are watching day and night for the right moment. They roam incessantly seeking to devour us
and to snatch from us in one brief moment of sin all the grace and merit we have taken years to acquire.
Their malice and their experience, their cunning and their numbers ought to make us ever fearful of such a
misfortune happening to us. People, richer in grace and virtue, more experienced and advanced in holiness
than we are, have been caught off their guard and robbed and stripped of everything. How many cedars of
Lebanon, how many stars of the firmament have we sadly watched fall and lose in a short time their
loftiness and their brightness!
What has brought about this unexpected reverse? Not the lack of grace, for this is denied no one. It
was a lack of humility; they considered themselves stronger and more self- sufficient than they really were.
They thought themselves well able to hold on to their treasures. They believed their house secure enough
and their coffers strong enough to safeguard their precious treasure of grace. It was because of their
unconscious reliance on self – although it seemed to them that they were relying solely on the grace of God –
that the most just Lord left them to themselves and allowed them to be despoiled. If they had only known of
the wonderful devotion that I shall later explain, they would have entrusted their treasure to Mary, the
powerful and faithful Virgin. She would have kept it for them as if it were her own possession and even
have considered that trust an obligation of justice.
3. It is difficult to persevere in holiness because of the excessively corrupting influence of the
world. The world is so corrupt that it seems almost inevitable that religious hearts be soiled, if not by its
mud, at least by its dust. It is something of a miracle for anyone to stand firm in the midst of this raging
torrent and not be swept away; to weather this stormy sea and not be drowned, or robbed by pirates; to breathe this pestilential air and not be contaminated by it. It is Mary, the singularly faithful Virgin over
whom Satan had never any power, who works this miracle for those who truly love her.