"God looks neither at long nor beautiful prayers, but at those that come from the heart."

The Cure D'Ars

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"The essence of perfection is to embrace the will of God in all things, prosperous or adverse. In prosperity, even sinners find it easy to unite themselves to the divine will; but it takes saints to unite themselves to God's will when things go wrong and are painful to self-love. Our conduct in such instances is the measure of our love of God."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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"If, devout soul, it is your will to please God and live a life of serenity in this world, unite yourself always and in all things to the divine will. Reflect that all the sins of your past wicked life happened because you wandered from the path of God's will. For the future, embrace God's good pleasure and say to him in every happening: "Yea, Father, for so it hath seemed good in thy sight." "

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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St Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort  - 1673 to 1716 - canonized by Pius XII in 1947.




Introduction of St Louis Marie



Ch 1: Necessity of Devotion to Our Lady

1. Mary's part in the Incarnation
2. Mary's part in the sanctification of souls
3. Consequences
4. Mary's part in the latter times

Ch 2: In what Devotion to Mary Consists

1. Basic principles of devotion to Mary
2. Marks of false and authentic devotion to Mary
  1. False devotion to our Lady
    • Scrupulous
    • Superficial
    • Presumptuous
    • Inconstant
    • Hypocritical
    • Self-interested
  2. Marks of authentic devotion to our Lady
    • interior
    • trustful
    • holy
    • constant
    • disinterested
  3. Principal practices of devotion to Mary
  4. The Perfect Practice


Ch 3: The Perfect Consecration to Jesus Christ

  1. A complete consecration to Mary
2. A perfect renewal of baptismal promises

Ch 4: Motives Which Recommend This Devotion

  1. By it we give ourselves completely to God
2. It helps us to imitate Christ
3. It obtains many blessings from our Lady
4. It is an excellent means of giving glory to God
5. It leads to union with our Lord
6. It gives great liberty of spirit
7. It is of great benefit to our neighbour
8. It is a wonderful means of perseverance

Ch 5: Biblical Figure of This Perfect Devotion: Rebecca and Jacob

  1. Interpretation of the story

2. Services of our Lady to her faithful servants

Ch 6: Wonderful Effects of This Devotion

  1. Knowledge of our unworthiness
2. A share in Mary's faith
3. The gift of pure love
4. Great confidence in God and in Mary
5. Communication of the spirit of Mary
6. Transformation into the likeness of Jesus
7. The greater glory of Christ

Ch 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

  • Through Mary
  • With Mary
  • In Mary
  • For Mary


  This Devotion at Holy Communion
  • Before Holy Communion
  • During Holy Communion
  • After Holy Communion