Oh, Dearest Mother, Sweetest Virgin of Altagracia, our Patroness. You are our Advocate and to you we recommend our needs. You are our Teacher and like disciples we come to learn from the example of your holy life. You are our Mother, and like children, we come to offer you all of the love of our hearts. Receive, dearest Mother, our offerings and listen attentively to our supplications. Amen.



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Posted: April 14 2007 at 12:46am | IP Logged Quote aussieannie


" When the Hail Mary is well said, that is, with attention, devotion and humility, it is, according to the saints, the enemy of Satan, putting him to flight; it is the hammer that crushes him, a source of holiness for souls, a joy to the angels and a sweet melody for the devout. It is the Canticle of the New Testament, a delight for Mary and glory for the most Blessed Trinity. The Hail Mary is dew falling from heaven to make the soul fruitful. It is a pure kiss of love we give to Mary. It is a crimson rose, a precious pearl that we offer to her. It is a cup of ambrosia, a divine nectar that we offer her."...Chapt 7, paragraph 253 - True Devotion.


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We’re using St. Louis De Montfort’s True Devotion to Mary as a starting point because it is a classic, readily available, and foundational element of Marian devotion. If you don’t have any established practices, this book is a very good place to begin. See where it leads you.

Feel free to share your insights and ask questions about the book just as if we were together at the oasis discussing ways to find our Hidden Treasure together.


What is our practical goal?

We have 7 chapters to read and discuss by April the 25th, where we will then start our 33 day preparation to culminate in our consecration on the 27th of May – the feast of Pentecost.

How to approach the seventh chapter?

If we can all hope to have read this 7th Chapter by 25th of April? You can evenly pace yourself with 3 - 4 paragraph per day, allowing time for proper reflection.   With an average of 12 days per chapter, this allows prayer time, for our hearts to be touched and enlightened, asking for Mary’s guidance through it all.   A novena asking for these particular graces, could be a suggestion also, it does not have to be lengthy prayers each day, three Hail Mary’s is powerful.

Most importantly – where do we bring our thoughts for this 7th Chapter?

This thread will be here for us to keep coming back to, so we may share our many, varied thoughts and to ask questions during this time.   




The True Devotion by St Louis de Monfort


PART II: THE PERFECT DEVOTION TO OUR LADY


Chapter 7: Particular Practices of This Devotion

1. Exterior Practices
    
1.     Preparation and Consecration

2.     The Little Crown of the Blessed Virgin

3.     The Wearing of Little Chains

4.     Honouring the mystery of the Incarnation

5.     Saying the Hail Mary and the Rosary

6.     Praying the Magnificat

7.     Contempt of the world


2.   Special interior practices for those who wish to be perfect



Supplement


This devotion at Holy Communion

•     Before Holy Communion

•     During Holy Communion

•     After Holy Communion

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Posted: April 25 2007 at 11:07pm | IP Logged Quote cathhomeschool

A delightful revelation for me:

de Montfort speaking of St. Dominic, St. John Capistran and Blessed Alan de Rupe:

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249. ...They earnestly proclaimed and publicly preached that just as the salvation of the world began with the Hail Mary, so the salvation of each individual is bound up with it.

Wow!   

Another beautiful thought that de Montfort discusses when explaining "In Mary":

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261. ...we must realise that the Blessed Virgin is the true earthly paradise of the new Adam and that the ancient paradise was only a symbol of her. ...This most holy place consists of only virgin and immaculate soil from which the new Adam was formed with neither spot nor stain by the operation of the Holy Spirit who dwells there. In this earthly paradise grows the real Tree of Life which bore our Lord, the fruit of Life, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, which bore the Light of the world. In this divine place there are trees planted by the hand of God and watered by his divine unction which have borne and continue to bear fruit that is pleasing to him. There are flower-beds studded with a variety of beautiful flowers of virtue, diffusing a fragrance which delights even the angels....


What a beautiful way of thinking of Our Lady and of the virtues that exist within her.

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They are beautiful passages...St Louis has a way of giving us deep passages that you will NEVER forget, that will be a guide and a lamp in our journey towards God.

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