5 - 6 minutes readApril 28 – St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, Confessor

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April 28 - St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort, Confessor


The Church today invites us to honor and receive the teachings of a great lover of divine Wisdom and the Redeemer's Cross, the distinguished Apostle of true devotion to the Holy Virgin, also rightly called the universal "Doctor of Mediation" of Our Lady. .

The Treatise on True Devotion.

During his studies at San Sulpizio, Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort had assimilated all that that library contained of works on the Most Holy Virgin Mary. Thus his piety had been deeply nourished, and, from the beginning of his apostolic career, his preaching and writings demonstrate a doctrinal richness, all drawn from the Tradition of the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Hence the certainty of his doctrine, recognized by Pius X on the occasion of the encyclical "Ad diem illum", in which the Pope made it of him. This doctrine lived by a soul of fire, preached in numerous country missions, is contained in the small and wonderful "Treatise on True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin" written to La Rochelle during the summer of 1712, in great haste and without literary study, but overflowing with the most filial piety; hence its immense popularity, which is always growing.

The doctrine.

The basis of his doctrine is Marian slavery to better be Jesus': logical consequence of the part that God has assigned to Mary in the outpouring and distribution of grace: "Mary, he says, is the Mother, the Teacher and the distributor of all the gifts of God, the throne of Wisdom; it is only through Mary that eternal and incarnate Wisdom can be obtained. However, since our heart is too impure to make it worthy of Her, we must, so to speak, let Mary enter our house, consecrating ourselves to her without any reserve, as her servants and slaves ». Since she is the "sacred lover" of Wisdom, she will infallibly draw him into us. This is the "surest, easiest, quickest, holiest" way to unite with Jesus; if we abandon ourselves to Mary, the "form of Jesus", she will form her divine Son in us.

We must therefore depend on her and, through her, on Jesus "as children, as free souls: free from everything ... yet slaves, O God, but only of your love and your will". And this:

living through him: in his will, leading us in everything in conformity with his Spirit which is the Spirit of Jesus; but to do this one must renounce one's own spirit and abandon oneself to that of Mary;

living with her: in her works, considering them as a model endowed with every virtue and perfection; doing any action as you would, if it were in our place; examining and imitating his living faith, his profound humility, his divine purity; in short, all the virtues of him;

living for Mary: as a slave, not to serve her as our ultimate end - what Jesus Christ alone is but as an immediate end and an easy means to go to him. Leaning on his protection, we must defend his privileges, uphold his glory , to attract the whole world to her devotion and not to expect from her, as a reward for these little services, that the honor of belonging to such a lovable Princess, and the happiness of being united to Jesus through him, with an indissoluble bond for time and eternity;

finally, if it will be possible for us, by dint of fidelity, to live in Mary: abiding in her intimacy with complacency, resting there in peace, leaning on us with abandon, hiding with trust and losing ourselves in her without reserve, so that in this virginal womb the soul be nourished by the milk of grace and freed from all disturbance, she remains safe against all her enemies: the devil, the world and sin, who never entered Mary, and that, finally, she is formed in Jesus Christ and that Jesus Christ be formed in her.

Splendor of the doctrine.

But more than a doctrine, this book contains a grace «on condition that you read it slowly, with reflection; then to put into practice what he teaches. Then there will be much joy and great profit will be drawn from it ». This is why in the "Secret of Mary", summarized by the Saint himself, at the request of a nun, he does not want it to be read before having prayed to the Holy Spirit and to Our Lady, "to ask God for the grace to understand and to taste this divine mystery ". And indeed many readers, for not having done so, have been confused by the author's needs, or disgusted by the vulgar aspect of some popular descriptions; while those who had prayed, and who persevered, had the revelation of a truly new life, which transformed them.

The Marian devotion of St. Louis Grignion de Montfort was also radiantly propagated by means of the Rosary, of which he became a tireless apostle in the missions of Brittany and the Vendée, demonstrating, with good reason, in this pious providential exercise, the best practical realization of holy slavery, and the most powerful method of drawing the kingdom of God into us. And the result was so effective, that it took root in the fortunate evangelized provinces, especially in the form of reciting the crown in the family, which contributed to make them deeply Christian.

Life. - Luigi Maria was born in Montfort in 1673. He went to Rennes in 1685, to complete his studies in the Jesuit college; and in Paris, in 1693, in the Seminary of San Sulpizio, to prepare for the priesthood. He was ordained there on June 5, 1700 and began his ministry in Nantes, then became chaplain in the hospital of Poitiers. Here in 1703 he founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Wisdom for the education of youth. Two years later he began his missionary pilgrimage, always traveling on foot, with poverty and, sometimes, with privations pushed to the limit. He thus traveled through the provinces of western France, achieving considerable success. It was then that he composed the first rules of the Company of Mary for the missionaries who helped him in his apostolate and who would continue that work after his death, under the name of Montfortian Fathers. It is also among his collaborators that the first Brothers of San Gabriel, consecrated to primary education, were recruited. Luigi Maria died on April 28, 1716, during a mission he was preaching in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvres. Leo XIII beatified him and Pius XII counted him in the number of Saints.


"O God, who made Blessed Luigi Maria your Confessor, a marvelous preacher of the mystery of the Holy Cross and the Most Holy Rosary, and who, through him, enriched your Church with a new family, grant us for its merits and her intercession, to reach eternal bliss through the life, death and Resurrection of your Son. By the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen ».