Readings and Prayers for St. Louis-Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary
THEME FOR THE WEEK: KNOWLEDGE OF JESUS CHRIST
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.
Meditation From True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 61-62
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.
Listen, Sing and Watch or Pray just the words depending on your time constraints:
Litany of the Holy Ghost, Litany of the Holy Name, Ave Maris Stella, St. Louis’ Prayer to Mary, O Jesus, Living in Mary and the Rosary
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, 0 merciful 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.
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.
Litany of the Holy Name of Jesus
V. Lord, have mercy on us.
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–to all that thou didst do while on earth; Amen, so be it–to 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.
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.
St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary paragraphs 218-225.
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. I have seen many devout souls searching for Jesus
in one way or another, and so often when they have worked hard throughout the night, all they can say is,
“Despite our having worked all night, we have caught nothing.” To them we can say, “You have worked
hard and gained little; Jesus can only be recognised faintly in you.” But if we follow the immaculate path of
Mary, living the devotion that I teach, we will always work in daylight, we will work in a holy place, and
we will work but little. There is no darkness in Mary, not even the slightest shadow since there was never
any sin in her. She is a holy place, a holy of holies, in which saints are formed and moulded.
219. Please note that I say that saints are moulded in Mary. There is a vast difference between carving a
statue by blows of hammer and chisel and making a statue by using a mould. Sculptors and statue-makers
work hard and need plenty of time to make statues by the first method. But the second method does not
involve much work and takes very little time. St. Augustine speaking to our Blessed Lady says, “You are
worthy to be called the mould of God.” Mary is a mould capable of forming people into the image of the
God-man. Anyone who is cast into this divine mould is quickly shaped and moulded into Jesus and Jesus
into him. At little cost and in a short time he will become Christ-like since he is cast into the very same
mould that fashioned a God-man.
220. I think I can very well compare some spiritual directors and devout persons to sculptors who wish to
produce Jesus in themselves and in others by methods other than this. Many of them rely on their own skill,
ingenuity and art and chip away endlessly with mallet and chisel at hard stone or badly- prepared wood, in
an effort to produce a likeness of our Lord. At times, they do not manage to produce a recognisable likeness
either because they lack knowledge and experience of the person of Jesus or because a clumsy stroke has
spoiled the whole work. But those who accept this little-known secret of grace which I offer them can
rightly be compared to smelters and moulders who have discovered the beautiful mould of Mary where
Jesus was so divinely and so naturally formed. They do not rely on their own skill but on the perfection of
the mould. They cast and lose themselves in Mary where they become true models of her Son.
221. You may think this a beautiful and convincing comparison. But how many understand it? I would
like you, my dear friend, to understand it. But remember that only molten and liquefied substances may be
poured into a mould. That means that you must crush and melt down the old Adam in you if you wish to
acquire the likeness of the new Adam in Mary.
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. Here are my reasons for saying this:
1) Since you do everything through the Blessed Virgin as required by this devotion, you naturally
lay aside your own intentions no matter how good they appear to you. You abandon yourself to our Lady’s
intentions even though you do not know what they are. Thus you share in the high quality of her intentions,
which are so pure that she gave more glory to God by the smallest of her actions, say, twirling her distaff, or
making a stitch, than did St. Laurence suffering his cruel martyrdom on the grid-iron, and even more than
all the saints together in all their most heroic deeds! Mary amassed such a multitude of merits and graces
during her sojourn on earth that it would be easier to count the stars in heaven, the drops of water in the
ocean or the sands of the sea-shore than count her merits and graces. She thus gave more glory to God than
all the angels and saints have given or will ever give him. Mary, wonder of God, when souls abandon
themselves to you, you cannot but work wonders in them!
223. 2) In this devotion we set no store on our own thoughts and actions but are content to rely on Mary’s
dispositions when approaching and even speaking to Jesus. We then act with far greater humility than others who imperceptibly rely on their own dispositions and are self-satisfied about them; and consequently we
give greater glory to God, for perfect glory is given to him only by the lowly and humble of heart.
of our actions, imparting to them a marvellous beauty and splendour, and presenting them herself to Jesus
most willingly. More glory is given to our Lord in this way than when we make our offering with our own
225. 4) Lastly, you never think of Mary without Mary thinking of God for you. You never praise or
honour Mary without Mary joining you in praising and honouring God. Mary is entirely relative to God.
Indeed I would say that she was relative only to God, because she exists uniquely in reference to him.
She is an echo of God, speaking and repeating only God. If you say “Mary” she says “God”. When
St. Elizabeth praised Mary calling her blessed because she had believed, Mary, the faithful echo of God,
responded with her canticle, “My soul glorifies the Lord.” What Mary did on that day, she does every day.
When we praise her, when we love and honour her, when we present anything to her, then God is praised,
honoured and loved and receives our gift through Mary and in Mary.
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