"To think of oneself as nothing, and always to think well and highly of others is the best and most perfect wisdom. Wherefore, if you see another sin openly or commit a serious crime, do not consider yourself better, for you do not know how long you can remain in good estate. All men are frail, but you must admit that none is more frail than yourself. "

Thomas á Kempis

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"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."

Thomas á Kempis

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"A single act of uniformity with the divine will suffices to make a saint."

St Alphonsus de Liguori

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

 

TREATISE ON TRUE DEVOTION TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN

     
 

Introduction of St Louis Marie

   

PART I: TRUE DEVOTION TO OUR LADY IN GENERAL

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

PART II: THE PERFECT DEVOTION TO OUR LADY

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
 

Supplement

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