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 4 of 33:
Meditate on Imitation of Christ, by Thomas á Kempis: Book 3, Chapters 7, 40
him; or the son of man, that Thou visit him? What has man deserved that Thou should give him grace? Lord, what
cause have I to complain, if Thou forsakest me, or what can I justly allege, if what I petition Thou shalt not grant?
This most assuredly, I may truly think and say: Lord I am nothing, I can do nothing of myself, that is good, but I am in all things defective and ever tend to nothing. And unless I am assisted and interiorly instructed by Thee, I
become wholly tepid and relaxed, but Thou, O Lord, art always the same, and endurest unto eternity, ever good,
just and holy, doing all things well, justly and holily and disposing them in wisdom.
But I who am more inclined to go back, than to go forward, continue not always in one state, for I am changed,
seven different times. But it quickly becomes better when it pleases Thee, and Thou stretchest out Thy helping
hand: for Thou alone, without man’s aid can assist me and so strengthen me, that my countenance shall be more
diversely changed: but my heart be converted and find its rest in Thee alone.
He who would be too secure in time of peace will often be found too much dejected in time of war. If you could
always continue to be humble and little in your own eyes, and keep your spirit in due order and subjection, you
would not fall so easily into danger and offense. It is good counsel that, when you have conceived the spirit of
fervor, you should meditate how it will be when that light shall be withdrawn.
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.
Ave Maris Stella
Hail, bright star of ocean,
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.
Read: St. Louis de Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary paragraphs 25-33
2. Mary’s part in the sanctification of souls
dispenser of all he possesses, so that she distributes all his gifts and graces to whom she wills, as much as
she wills, how she wills and when she wills. No heavenly gift is given to men which does not pass through
her virginal hands. Such indeed is the will of God, who has decreed that we should have all things through
Mary, so that, making herself poor and lowly, and hiding herself in the depths of nothingness during her
whole life, she might be enriched, exalted and honoured by almighty God. Such are the views of the Church
and the early Fathers.
26. Were I speaking to the so-called intellectuals of today, I would prove at great length by quoting
Latin texts taken from Scripture and the Fathers of the Church all that I am now stating so simply. I could
also instance solid proofs which can be read in full in Fr. Poiré’s book “The Triple Crown of the Blessed
Virgin”. But I am speaking mainly for the poor and simple who have more good will and faith than the
common run of scholars. As they believe more simply and more meritoriously, let me merely state the truth
to them quite plainly without bothering to quote Latin passages which they would not understand.
Nevertheless, I shall quote some texts as they occur to my mind as I go along.
27. Since grace enhances our human nature and glory adds a still greater perfection to grace, it is
certain that our Lord remains in heaven just as much the Son of Mary as he was on earth. Consequently he
has retained the submissiveness and obedience of the most perfect of all children towards the best of all
We must take care, however, not to consider this dependence as an abasement or imperfection in
Jesus Christ. For Mary, infinitely inferior to her Son, who is God, does not command him in the same way
as an earthly mother would command her child who is beneath her. Since she is completely transformed in
God by that grace and glory which transforms all the saints in him, she does not ask or wish or do anything
which is contrary to the eternal and changeless will of God. When therefore we read in the writings of Saint
Bernard, Saint Bernardine, Saint Bonaventure, and others that all in heaven and on earth, even God himself,
is subject to the Blessed Virgin, they mean that the authority which God was pleased to give her is so great
that she seems to have the same power as God. Her prayers and requests are so powerful with him that he
accepts them as commands in the sense that he never resists his dear mother’s prayer because it is always
humble and conformed to his will.
Moses by the power of his prayer curbed God’s anger against the Israelites so effectively that the
infinitely great and merciful Lord was unable to withstand him and asked Moses to let him be angry and
punish that rebellious people. How much greater, then, will be the prayer of the humble Virgin Mary,
worthy Mother of God, which is more powerful with the King of heaven than the prayers and intercession
of all the angels and saints in heaven and on earth.
28. Mary has authority over the angels and the blessed in heaven. As a reward for her great humility,
God gave her the power and the mission of assigning to saints the thrones made vacant by the apostate
angels who fell away through pride.
Such is the will of almighty God who exalts the humble, that the powers of heaven, earth and hell,
willingly or unwillingly, must obey the commands of the humble Virgin Mary. For God has made her queen
of heaven and earth, leader of his armies, keeper of his treasures, dispenser of his graces, worker of his wonders, restorer of the human race, mediatrix on behalf of men, destroyer of his enemies, and faithful
associate in his great works and triumphs.
her, “Dwell in Jacob”, that is to say, take up your abode permanently in my children, in my holy ones
represented by Jacob, and not in the children of the devil and sinners represented by Esau.
30. Just as in natural and bodily generation there is a father and a mother, so in the supernatural and
spiritual generation there is a father who is God and a mother who is Mary. All true children of God have
God for their father and Mary for their mother; anyone who does not have Mary for his mother, does not
have God for his father. This is why the reprobate, such as heretics and schismatics, who hate, despise or
ignore the Blessed Virgin, do not have God for their father though they arrogantly claim they have, because
they do not have Mary for their mother. Indeed if they had her for their mother they would love and honour
her as good and true children naturally love and honour the mother who gave them life.
An infallible and unmistakable sign by which we can distinguish a heretic, a man of false doctrine,
an enemy of God, from one of God’s true friends is that the heretic and the hardened sinner show nothing
but contempt and indifference for our Lady. He endeavours by word and example, openly or insidiously –
sometimes under specious pretexts – to belittle the love and veneration shown to her. God the Father has not
told Mary to dwell in them because they are, alas, other Esaus.
31. God the Son wishes to form himself, and, in a manner of speaking, become incarnate every day in
his members through his dear Mother. To her he said: “Take Israel for your inheritance.” It is as if he said,
God the Father has given me as heritage all the nations of the earth, all men good and evil, predestinate and
reprobate. To the good I shall be father and advocate, to the bad a just avenger, but to all I shall be a judge.
But you, my dear Mother, will have for your heritage and possession only the predestinate represented by
Israel. As their loving mother, you will give them birth, feed them and rear them. As their queen, you will
lead, govern and defend them.
32. “This one and that one were born in her.” According to the explanation of some of the Fathers, the
first man born of Mary is the God-man, Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ, the head of mankind, is born of her, the
predestinate, who are members of this head, must also as a necessary consequence be born of her. One and
the same mother does not give birth to the head without the members nor to the members without the head,
for these would be monsters in the order of nature. In the order of grace likewise the head and the members
are born of the same mother. If a member of the mystical body of Christ, that is, one of the predestinate,
were born of a mother other than Mary who gave birth to the head, he would not be one of the predestinate,
nor a member of Jesus Christ, but a monster in the order of grace.
33. Moreover, Jesus is still as much as ever the fruit of Mary, as heaven and earth repeat thousands of
times a day: “Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” It is therefore certain that Jesus is the fruit and gift of
Mary for every single man who possesses him, just as truly as he is for all mankind. Consequently, if any of
the faithful have Jesus formed in their heart they can boldly say, “It is thanks to Mary that what I possess is
Jesus her fruit, and without her I would not have him.” We can attribute more truly to her what Saint Paul
said of himself, “I am in labour again with all the children of God until Jesus Christ, my Son, is formed in
them to the fullness of his age.” Saint Augustine, surpassing himself as well as all that I have said so far,
affirms that in order to be conformed to the image of the Son of God all the predestinate, while in the world,
are hidden in the womb of the Blessed Virgin where they are protected, nourished, cared for and developed
by this good Mother, until the day she brings them forth to a life of glory after death, which the Church calls
the birthday of the just. This is indeed a mystery of grace unknown to the reprobate and little known even to