Friday, April 27, 2007

Feast of St. Louis Mary de Monfort

I have completed the Marian Consecration, and have a devotion to St. Louis. We have a Monfort Shrine of Our Lady of the Island ten minutes from my home, where we celebrate Marian feast days.

Louis's life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the Church.Totus tuus(completely yours) was Louis's personal motto; Karol Wojtyla chose it as his episcopal motto.
Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes (France), as an adult Louis identified himself by the place of his Baptism instead of his family name, Grignion. After being educated by the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, he was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1700.
Soon he began preaching parish missions throughout western France. His years of ministering to the poor prompted him to travel and live very simply, sometimes getting him into trouble with Church authorities. In his preaching, which attracted thousands of people back to the faith, Father Louis recommended frequent, even daily, Holy Communion (not the custom then!) and imitation of the Virgin Mary's ongoing acceptance of God's will for her life.
Louis founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests and brothers) and the Daughters of Wisdom, who cared especially for the sick. His book, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, has become a classic explanation of Marian devotion.
Louis died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, where a basilica has been erected in his honor. He was canonized in 1947.
HT American Catholic.org
Here's Mary Fabyean Windeatt's book for children. Here's True Devotion to Mary

1 comment:

Mrs Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Well done for completing the Consecration. Welcome to Mount carmel bloggers..i'm one too!

God bless