how to love Mary
“The Secret of Mary” is a short book by St. Louis de Montfort. It shows how to love Mary, and through her to love Jesus. That Love of God is the force that brings love to everyone.
You may ask, who is St. Louis de Montfort and why should I listen to him?
What is most important is what he says, summarizing the Church’s teaching on Mary. “The Secret of Mary” Is a shorter version of his famous book “True Devotion to Mary.” The Legion started after Servant of God Frank Duff began giving talks on “True Devotion.”
…this devotion is not an occasional act but rather a constant attitude, which “puts us in continual relationship with the Blessed Virgin, because we do not breathe, so to speak, except through her . . . and, as a result, simultaneously in Jesus Christ.”“The Spiritual Life at the School of Blessed L. M. Grignion de Montfort” (A. Lhoumeau, 1901)
“The secret of Mary” is that she is the most humble, most honorable, easiest and best way to become a saint! Just keep your eyes in her. Mary is the “great mold of God” (SM,14) who continues to form her children into Christ. We are like a statue. It is much easier to be formed into a statue by Mary than to try to chisel ourselves into a statue!
We give to Mary the Queen all that we have in the order of nature and in the order of grace – past, present, and future – and she in turn purifies, increases, and perfects everything to present it to Jesus the King. St. Louis de Montfort gives the image of a poor man handing a worm eaten apple to Mary, and she cleans it, prepares it well, and presents it to the King on a golden platter.
We do everything “with Mary, in Mary, by Mary, and for Mary” (SM,31) solely for the reason to do everything with Jesus, in Jesus, by Jesus, and for Jesus more perfectly!
Consecration to Mary sums up the entire Christian life, showing a way of holiness that is short, easy, secure, and perfect — a way of life chosen by Our Lord Himself.