Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Week One: St. Louis de Montfort: Reflection #3…

There is no surer or easier way than Mary in uniting all men with Christ.

There is no surer or easier way than Mary in uniting all men with Christ.

The Angelus

Leader: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary… (cf. Lk 2:28)
Response: And she conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. (cf. Lk 2:35)

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.  Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

L: Behold the handmaid of the Lord… (cf Lk 2:38a)
R: May it be done unto me according to thy word. (cf. Lk 2:38b)

Hail Mary, full of grace…

L: And the Word became flesh (bow your head or kneel for a moment)… (cf. Jn 1:14a)
R: And dwelt among us. (cf. Jn 1:14b)

Hail Mary, full of grace…

L: Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God… (cf. Lk 2:35c)
R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. (cf. Mt 28:19-20)

Hail Mary, full of grace…

Let us pray: Pour forth, we beseech Thee O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts that we to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel. May by His Passion and Cross be brought to the Glory of His resurrection through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen!

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We just completed the Christmas Season: Advent, Nativity, Epiphany and Baptism. Thanks to the commercialism and secularizing of the above events, the Reason for the Season might have been overlooked by many. What was the real goal of the Christmas time?

The real goal of Christmas is the giving of self.  Mary gave of herself so that the Word could become flesh. The Word gave of Himself by coming in the flesh. The Father gave of Himself in giving us His Son while we were still sinners to die for us (cf. Romans 5:8: 1Jn 4:10).

The borrowing of “gift-giving” by modern society needs to return to its true origin – the giving of self.  That’s what I love so much about St. Louis de Montfort. He understood the importance of the “gift of self” to the degree that it is merely an imitation of the first gift of self that came from Christ when He became man and then died for our salvation on the Cross.  So how can WE imitate this? St. Louis de Montfort says:

A fervent and generous soul who gives God all that he has, without reserve, so that he can do nothing more; who lives only for the glory and reign of Jesus Christ, through His holy Mother, and who makes and entire sacrifice of himself to bring it about… it is towards that soul … that Our Lord and His holy Mother are the most [generous] in this world and in the other, in the order of nature, grace, and glory. ~True Devotion, No. 133

And why is this?  Why this generosity – which by the way is the original meaning of the word Montfort uses, “liberal” (see how modern society takes that word out of context?) Why this generosity, this liberal gift of self from Our Crucified and Risen Lord?  Because, as St. John the Evangelist tells us emphatically:

…God is LOVE… 1Jn 4:8b

Not that God merely “loves us”, though He certainly does as John continues in his letter (v10), but that God IS Love, and as such He can not be out-done in His generosity to those whom He Loves because it is His very nature to be generous!

Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be open to you… If you, who are evil, know how to give good gifts… how much more will your Father Who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! ~Mt 7:7, 11

And imagine how that much that giving is increased when the soul asking has given themselves entirely over to God through the example of His holy Mother, Mary?  St. Louis even says about Mary’s gift of self:

She also gives her whole self, and gives it in an unspeakable manner, to [them] who gives all to her.  She causes [them] to be engulfed in the abyss of her graces. She adorns [them] with her merits… ~True Devotion, No. 144

In the heavens, Mary commands the Angles and the blessed. As a recompense for her profound humility, God has empowered her and commissioned her to fill with [the] saints the empty thrones which the apostate angels [vacated when they]  fell by pride. Ibid., No. 28

So, here are the questions for reflection: 

  • Where in your life can you improve your “gift of self ” to God (prayer time, quiet time, Adoration, thanks giving, daily Mass)?
  • How do you apply the talents and treasure God has bestowed on you to work for His Glory?
  • Could you apply the words “willing” and “compassionate” to yourself?

Our Lady imitates the Father in generosity.  If we turn ourselves over to her care, could not the same be said of us?  She takes our meager gift of self and places that gift on a gold platter to present to the Father – so said St. Louis de Montfort in DAY 5. So let us give her all of ourselves!  🙂

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