The Legion has been highly active during this plague. Check with your local praesidium for developments.
The Coronavirus has profoundly affected us all. To see a typical catholic response page, check out the Facebook group, “Rhode Island Catholic Coronavirus.” You do not need Facebook to view the page. Just ignore any signup language.
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The Legion of Mary has many activities and ways of prayer. Many of them are general Catholic Action like helping on bread lines, helping families, and joining in rosaries or holy hours organized by others. Some activities are specifically Legion and are core Legion activities. Starting new Praesidiums, Days of Evangelization, Street Evangelization, or distributing communion to the homebound are essential to the Legion. How do we decide whether a work or prayer is a core Legion activity? There is general agreement between all the praesidia and the curia and the upper counsels on core Legion activity, but it is not always written down. There has to be ongoing communication between the praesidium and the upper councils to find this agreement. Days of Evangelization have recently been presented and approved by the central Concilium. Other prayers and works have not yet been approved and are still in development. Still other works and prayers are dormant and some Legionaries are surprised to hear about them. The Legion is an ongoing work and prayer.
We have covered spiritual books in the Legion tradition on the page “Further Reading”. The core of the Legion is a unique spirituality described in the Handbook and in the writings of Frank Duff, Legion priests and others. Please read
Mary Shall Reign – Frank Duff
Inside the Legion of Mary – Peffley
Insights of a Legion of Mary Priest – Lendacky
These pamphlets and little books are also important:
Can We Be Saints? – Frank Duff
The DeMontfort Way – Frank Duff
Gems of Wisdom – Frank Duff
Talks to Legionaries – Fr. Ripley
Jubilee Talks to Legionaries – Fr. Ripley
Please subscribe to “Maria Legionis” from the Philadelphia Senatus, and read and any Allocutio of Fr. Bede McGregor, Spiritual Director of the Comitium in Dublin, found on the central Legion of Mary website.
We have covered books in the Legion tradition on the page “Further Reading”. Although the books listed here are not all specifically part of the Legion of Mary tradition, we include them because they nourish and strengthen souls in all the circumstances we encounter in our own lives and the lives of those we meet. In these secular times, books like these are necessary to counter despairing, depressing, critical and cynical media with a message of hope, trust and love.
The Divine Maxims
The Spiritual Combat
St. Theresa of Avila
St. John of the Cross
St. Therese of Lisieux
The Life of Mary
The Glories of Mary – St. Alphonsus Ligouri
33 Days to Morning Glory – Gaitley
The Life of Christ:
- Christ in His Mysteries – Don Marmion
- The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Katherine Emmerich
- St. John Paul II
- St. Pius XII
- and other saintly Popes
Julian of Norwich
The Soul of the Apostolate
Self Abandonment to Divine Providence – De Caussade
The Heart of the Redeemer – O’Donnell
Lives of the Saints – Butler
The Life and Revelations of St. Gertrude
God Alone: The Collected Writings of St. Louis de Montfort
Although they are short, several devotions contain deep spiritual truths that can be prayed again and again.
The Surrender Novena – Fr. Dolindo
The Divine Mercy Novena – St. Faustina
Although they are more in the category of Apologetics or conversational reading than Spiritual Reading because they tend to be read only once or twice, we also recommend:
- The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity – Matthew Kelly
- Perfectly Yourself – Matthew Kelly