The Secret continues…

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This little book contains more than countless other exhausting books. Simply put, Consecration to Mary is a long phrase meaning that we want to do everything through Mary, with Mary, in Mary, and for Mary. St. Louis de Montfort says that “we give ourselves entirely and as a slave to Mary, and to Jesus through Mary.” He means, of course, the slavery of total love. This gives Mary permission to work in us, so the Secret will continue.

Mary is the Tree of Life

St. Louis de Montfort compares Mary to the tree of life found in the garden of Eden. We must not overshadow the tree with our own human powers, constantly nurture that tree with prayer and devotion, cut away all the thorns and vines of pleasures that would hinder its growth, protect it from the insects of self love and the animals of sin, water it with religious practices, and not become alarmed at the frost and snow and storms of trials. Then we will bear fruit, which is Jesus.

“…You must make the sacrifice of yourself to the Blessed Mother, you must disappear in her, so that you may find God alone…

If the Holy Ghost has planted in your soul the true Tree of Life, which is the devotion that I have just explained to you, you must do all you can to cultivate it, in order that it may yield its fruit in due season. …

It will be a good tree, yielding fruit of honor and grace in due season, namely, the sweet and adorable Jesus, who always has been, and always will be, the only fruit of Mary.

 Happy the soul in which Mary, the Tree of Life, is planted; happier the soul in which she has acquired growth and bloom; still happier the soul in which she yields her fruit; but most happy of all: the soul which relishes and preserves Mary’s fruit until death, and for ever and ever. Amen.”

GOD ALONE

“He who holdeth [this], let him hold [it].”

From THE TREE OF LIFE:

ITS CULTURE AND GROWTH OR HOW TO MAKE MARY LIVE AND REIGN IN OUR SOULS

End of The Secret of Mary

“Hide [yourselves] completely in the depths of Mary’s soul, becoming living copies of her.”

(Montfort, TD 217).

“You must offer yourself to Mary, happily lose yourself in her, only to find God in her”

(Montfort, SM 70; cf. TD 222, 264)

For the beginning of a Summary of the Secret of Mary see:

The Worm-eaten Apple of Our Works Made Beautiful

37. 3. Consecrating ourselves in this way to Jesus through Mary implies placing our good deeds in Mary’s hands. Now, although these deeds may appear good to us, they are often defective, and not worthy to be considered and accepted by God, before whom even the stars lack brightness. Let us pray, then, to our dear Mother and Queen that having accepted our poor present, she may purify it, sanctify it, beautify it, and so make it worthy of God. Any good our soul could produce is of less value to God our Father, in winning his friendship and favour, than a worm-eaten apple would be in the sight of a king, when presented by a poor peasant to his royal master as payment for the rent of his farm. But what would the peasant do if he were wise and if he enjoyed the esteem of the queen? Would he not present his apple first to her, and would she not, out of kindness to the poor man and out of respect for the king, remove from the apple all that was maggoty and spoilt, place it on a golden dish, and surround it with flowers? Could the king then refuse the apple? Would he not accept it most willingly from the hands of his queen who showed such loving concern for that poor man?

“If you wish to present something to God, no matter how small it may be,” says St Bernard, “place it in the hands of Mary to ensure its certain acceptance.”

38. Dear God, how everything we do comes to so very little! But let us adopt this devotion and place everything in Mary’s hands. When we have given her all we possibly can, emptying ourselves completely to do her honour, she far surpasses our generosity and gives us very much for very little. She enriches us with her own merits and virtues. She places our gift on the golden dish of her charity and clothes us, as Rebecca clothed Jacob, in the beautiful garments of her first-born and only Son, Jesus Christ, which are his merits, and which are at her disposal. Thus, as her servants and slaves, stripping ourselves of everything to do her honour, we are clad by her in double garments – namely, the garments, adornments, perfumes, merits and virtues of Jesus and Mary. These are imparted to the soul of the slave who has emptied himself and is resolved to remain in that state.

39. 4. Giving ourselves in this way to our Lady is a practice of charity towards our neighbour of the highest possible degree, because in making ourselves over to Mary, we give her all that we hold most dear and we let her dispose of it as she wishes in favour of the living and the dead.

40. 5. In adopting this devotion, we put our graces, merits and virtues into safe keeping by making Mary the depositary of them. It is as if we said to her,

“See, my dear Mother, here is the good that I have done through the grace of your dear Son. I am not capable of keeping it, because of my weakness and inconstancy, and also because so many wicked enemies are assailing me day and night. Alas, every day we see cedars of Lebanon fall into the mire, and eagles which had soared towards the sun become birds of darkness, a thousand of the just falling to the left and ten thousand to the right. But, most powerful Queen, hold me fast lest I fall. Keep a guard on all my possessions lest I be robbed of them. I entrust all I have to you, for I know well who you are, and that is why I confide myself entirely to you. You are faithful to God and man, and you will not suffer anything I entrust to you to perish. You are powerful, and nothing can harm you or rob you of anything you hold.”

“When you follow Mary you will not go astray; when you pray to her, you will not despair; when your mind is on her, you will not wander; when she holds you up, you will not fall; when she protects you, you will have no fear; when she guides you, you will feel no fatigue; when she is on your side, you will arrive safely home” (Saint Bernard).

And again,

“She keeps her Son from striking us; she prevents the devil from harming us; she preserves virtue in us; she prevents our merits from being lost and our graces from receding.”

These words of St Bernard explain in substance all that I have said. Had I but this one motive to impel me to choose this devotion, namely, that of keeping me in the grace of God and increasing that grace in me, my heart would burn with longing for it.

41. This devotion makes the soul truly free by imbuing it with the liberty of the children of God. Since we lower ourselves willingly to a state of slavery out of love for Mary, our dear Mother, she out of gratitude opens wide our hearts enabling us to walk with giant strides in the way of God’s commandments. She delivers our souls from weariness, sadness and scruples. It was this devotion that our Lord taught to Mother Agnes de Langeac, a religious who died in the odour of sanctity, as a sure way of being freed from the severe suffering and confusion of mind which afflicted her.

“Make yourself,” He said, “my Mother’s slave and wear her little chain.”

She did so, and from that time onwards her troubles ceased….

Quotes on Fifteen Decades of the Holy Rosary Daily

From these quotes it is abundantly  clear that St. Louis de Montfort was recommending a full fifteen decades to adults. Yet people he was speaking with on missions were often hardened sinners, just beginning in their faith and conversion. 

Why start with the Holy Rosary? Because frequently that is where people start deepening their spiritual journey. After praying a Hail Mary, and then a decade of the Rosary they begin to pray more. Eventually they can work up to going to daily Mass and adoration, all depending on their state in life.

The Rosary is the door to the rest of a full catholic life and life in heaven.

A Red Rose: For Sinners

“By all means, then, let us recite the entire Rosary every day, that is to say, three rosaries each of five decades, which we can liken to three garlands or crowns of flowers. We should also meditate on its more profound meaning…”

A Rosebud: [a message to children]

“Dear little friends, this beautiful rosebud is for you; it is one of the beads of your Rosary, and it may seem to you to be such a tiny thing. But if you only knew how precious this bead is! This wonderful bud will open out into a gorgeous rose if you say your Hail Mary really well. Of course it would be too much to expect you to say the whole fifteen mysteries every day, but do say at least five mysteries, and say them properly with love and devotion. “

First Rose 

“The Rosary is made up of two things: mental prayer and vocal prayer. In the Rosary mental prayer is none other than meditation of the chief mysteries of the life, death and glory of Jesus Christ and of his blessed Mother. Vocal prayer consists in saying fifteen decades of [the Rosary]…”

Fifth Rose: Confraternity

“Strictly speaking, there can be only one kind of Confraternity of the Rosary, that is, one whose members agree to say the entire Rosary of 150 Hail Marys every day. However, considering the fervour of those who say it, we may distinguish three kinds: Ordinary Membership, which entails saying the complete Rosary once a week; Perpetual Membership, which requires it to be said only once a year; Daily Membership, which obliges one to say it all every day, that is, the fifteen decades made up of 150 Hail Marys.”

Twenty-first Rose: The Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary

Our Lady taught Blessed Alan de la Roche and said to him in a vision:

“When people say 150 Hail Mary’s, this prayer is very helpful to them and is a very pleasing tribute to Me.”… “But they will do better still and will please Me even more if they say these Hail Mary’s while meditating on the life, death and passion of Jesus Christ – for this meditation is the soul of this prayer.”

Twenty-Fifth Rose: The Wealth Of Sanctification

 …if you are still in the state of active contemplation or the ordinary prayer of quietude, or the presence of God, affective prayer, you have even less reason for giving up the Rosary. Far from making you lose ground in mental prayer or stunting your spiritual growth, it will be a wonderful help to you. You will find it a real Jacob’s ladder with fifteen rungs by which you will go from virtue to virtue and from light to light. Thus, without danger of being misled, you will easily arrive at the fullness of the age of Jesus Christ.

45th Rose

“…I advise you to divide up your Rosary into three parts and to say each group of mysteries (five decades) at a different time of day. This is much better than saying the whole fifteen decades all at once.

If you cannot find the time to say a third part of the Rosary all at one time, say it gradually, a decade here and there. I am sure you can manage this; so that, in spite of your work and all the calls upon your time, you will have said the whole Rosary before going to bed.

Saint Francis de Sales sets us a very good example of faithfulness in this respect: once when he was quite exhausted from the visits of the day and remembered, towards midnight, that he had left a few decades of his Rosary unsaid, he would not go to bed until he had finished them on his knees, notwithstanding all the efforts of his secretary who saw he was tired and begged him to let the rest of his prayers go until the next day.”

Appendix –

The Power, Value And Holiness Of The Rosary:

A Revelation of Our Blessed Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“Having been strongly urged to do so by Saint Dominic, all the brothers and sisters of his order honored [Mary and her Son] unceasingly and in an indescribably beautiful way by saying the Holy Rosary.  Every day each one of them said at least one complete Rosary. If anybody failed to say it he felt that his day was entirely spoiled. 

The Brothers of Saint Dominic had so great a love for this holy devotion that it made them do everything better and they used to hurry to church or to the choir to sing the office. If one of them was seen to carry out his duties carelessly the others would say with assurance: 

“Oh, Brother! Either you are not saying Mary’s Psalter [the Rosary] any more or else you are saying it badly.” 

“…After the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, there is nothing in the Church that I love as much as the Rosary.” 

-Our Lady to Blessed Alan de la Roche

“…Reciting with attention, devotion and reverence the fifteen decades of the Rosary in honour of the fifteen principal mysteries of our Lord, or at least five decades …”

 From “True Devotion to Mary” 
Part I: True Devotion To Our Lady In General (cont)
Ch 2: In what Devotion to Mary Consists (cont)
  3. Principal practices of devotion to Mary

The Legion of Mary in Rhode Island

Greetings,

Our mission as members of the Legion of Mary in Rhode Island is to offer everyone the chance to build a deeper relationship with Jesus through his most Blessed Mother, Mary. We meet in small groups at parishes throughout the State of Rhode Island and seek to spread the love of Jesus, often through simple acts of kindness towards those who may otherwise have been forgotten.

Such works, however, depend on the deeply Marian spirituality which we practice as members of the Legion of Mary and which we offer here to you.

One of the core pillars of this Marian spirituality is a devotion to the Holy Rosary. As such, we have put together a set of Rosary Meditations to guide you through this powerful prayer. These Meditations are also meant give you a taste of what the Legion of Mary is like, as we discuss the connection between the mysteries of the Rosary, such as the Visitation and the Annunciation, and the works of the Legion, such as home visitation and a willingness to say “yes” to the things we have been called to do by the will of God.

Since God came to us through Mary, we go to Him through Mary.

As members of the Legion of Mary, we try to imitate Mary by living a balanced life of prayer and action. Since God came to us through Mary, we go to Him through Mary. We consecrate ourselves to Mary because Jesus did.

If you would like to read more about the spirituality of the Legion, we have put together an Overview of Legion Spirituality, which will provide a more in-depth look at the spiritual foundation on which the Legion of Mary is built. If you are more interested in the activities of the Legion, you can visit our Activities page and read about the many things that we do as Legion members, including Days of Evangelization. We have also put together a History of the Legion, which describes the phenomenal stories of change and growth throughout our history. Finally, we would like to leave you with a message of hope, both through Encouragement from the Saints and through the stories of the Miraculous Medal, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Fatima in The Age of the Church.

While it is impossible to include everything in a single website, we have provided suggestions for Further Reading which may help you to grow further in your own spirituality. And, if you finish reading everything we have provided so far, perhaps you may even feel called to join the Legion of Mary yourself!

God bless,

The Legion of Mary of Rhode Island, Providence Comitium

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Here is a excerpt From The Holy Rosary and the Legion:

The Holy Rosary is the lifeblood of the Legion of Mary. The Legion was born out of the Rosary, is sustained by the Rosary, and would die without constant recitation of the Rosary. The very spirit of the Legion is drawn from its meditation on the Mysteries of the Rosary.

From the Annunciation: As members of the Legion of Mary, we always seek to imitate Mary’s “Yes” to God and to likewise do His will by the Holy Spirit. Like Mary, we strive to live a balanced life of prayer and action. By seeking to imitate Mary, we hope to embody the humility that allowed her to do the greatest things for the glory of God….

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If you have any questions regarding the Legion of Mary, need help with your parish, or you would like to learn how to become a member, please feel free to contact us at thelegionri@gmail.com.

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