Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Week One: St. Louis de Montfort…Reflection Two

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!

The above prayer is the prayer of the week and should be prayed before each day that you read. You can print out a bookmark with these prayers to keep in your pamphlet/book HERE.

MorningGlory

Fr. Gaitley reviews St. Louis’ Consecration formula and focuses in on two things: (1) the renewal of our baptism, and (2) the intimate gift of ourselves to the Mother of God – Mary.

First a little review of Mary and her role in the plan of Salvation. The Second Vatican Council teaches in the dogmatic Constitution of the Church – Lumen Gentium that:

This union of the Mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ’s virginal conception [see Lk 1:34-35] up to His death LG§57

She, herself, was conceived without the stain of original sin:

The “splendor of an entirely unique holiness” by which Mary is “enriched from the first instant of her conception” comes wholly from Christ: she is “redeemed, in a more exalted fashion, by reason of the merits of her Son.” The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person “in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” and chose her “in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him in love.” ~CCC§492

Which is why at the Annunciation, the Angel Gabriel greets her as, “full of grace”. Grace only comes from God, so it was as it says above, God created her for a definite purpose. To give flesh to the Word, the Son of God (Jn 1:14). Thus Mary gives us a prime example of how we, too, can give heaven that “intimate gift of ourselves”.

St Louis de Montfort writes:

True Devotion is constant, giving the person courage to fight the world’s opinions, the passions of the flesh, and the devil’s temptations.

But in order for us to be able to do this, we need to renew (daily!) or baptismal vows – which for many of us were made for us as infants.  We still know what they are since we repeat them every Easter. The main point, “to reject the devil and all his pomps and works” and the empty promises that are his.  St. Louis reminds us that:

You are crusaders united to fight the world. Be valiant warriors who refuse to yield an inch… Heaven is your homeland. This earth cannot make us happy. There is no perfect calm in this stormy sea. [Therefore], whenever the world insults us, they are [really] giving us jewels and setting us on a throne.

So the reflection question for today is:

If Mary, who is fully human, can give fully of herself to God, can I not do the same in imitation of her?

To what, if anything, have I given fully myself to in the past? My vocation? Marriage? Friendships? Parenthood? A career? Baptism? Confirmation? Do I know what fully giving myself really means?

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