From the Book True Devotion to Mary
by Saint Louis Marie DeMontfort
Jesus Christ our Savior, true God and true Man,
ought to be the last end of all our other devotions,
else they are false and delusive.
Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega,
the beginning and the end, of all things.
It is in Him alone that we have been blessed
with all spiritual benediction;
and He is our only Master, who has to teach us;
our only Lord on whom we ought to depend;
our only Head to whom we must be united;
our only Model to whom we should conform ourselves;
our only Physician who can heal us;
our only Shepherd who can feed us;
our only Way who can lead us;
our only Truth whom we must believe;
our only Life who can animate us;
and our only All in all things who can satisfy us.
There has been no other name given under Heaven,
except the name of Jesus, by who we can be saved.
God has laid no other foundation of our salvation,
our perfection or our glory, than Jesus Christ.
Every building which is not built on that firm rock
is founded upon the moving sand,
and sooner or later infallibly will fall.
Every one of the faithful who is not united to Him,
as a branch to the stock of the vine, shall fall, shall wither,
and shall be fit only to be cast into the fire.
Outside of Him there exists nothing but error, falsehood,
iniquity, futility, death and damnation.
"If, then, we establish solid devotion to our Blessed Lady,
it is only to establish more perfectly devotion to Jesus Christ,
and to provide an easy and secure means for finding Jesus Christ.
If devotion to Our Lady removed us from Jesus Christ,
we should have to reject it as an illusion of the devil;
but so far from this being the case,
devotion to Our Lady is, on the contrary, necessary for us -
as I have already shown, and will show still further hereafter
- as a means of finding Jesus Christ perfectly,
of loving Him tenderly, of serving Him faithfully. "
To grow in holiness and in one's prayer life.
There are many reasons why the rosary
should be prayed often, even daily:
"Among all the devotions approved by the Church
none has been so favored by so many miracles
as the devotion of the Most Holy Rosary" (Pope Pius IX).
"Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world"
(Our Lady of Fatima)
"There is no surer means of calling down God's blessings upon the family . . . than the daily recitation of the Rosary"
(Pope Pius XII)
"We do not hesitate to affirm again publicly that we put great confidence in the Holy Rosary for the healing of evils of our times" (Pope Pius XII)
"No one can live continually in sin
and continue to say the Rosary:
either they will give up sin or they will give up the Rosary" (Bishop Hugh Doyle)
"The Rosary is a magnificent and universal prayer
for the needs of the Church,
the nations and the entire world" (Pope John XXIII)
"The Rosary is the compendium of the entire Gospel"
(Pope Paul VI quoting Pope Pius XII)
"Meditation on the mysteries of the Rosary . . can be an excellent preparation for the celebration of those same mysteries in the liturgical actions [i.e. the Mass] and can also become a continuing echo thereof" (Pope Paul VI)
"My impression is that the Rosary is of the greatest value not only according to the words of Our Lady at Fatima, but according to the effects of the Rosary one sees throughout history.
My impression is that Our Lady wanted to give
ordinary people, who might not know how to pray, this simple method of getting closer to God"
(Sister Lucia, one of the seers of Fatima)
"How beautiful is the family
that recites the Rosary every evening"
(Pope John Paul II)
St. Louis de Montfort warns us against
both the ignorant and scholars
who regard the Rosary as something of little importance:
"The Son of God became man for our salvation;
but it was in Mary and by Mary.
God the Holy Ghost formed Jesus Christ in Mary;
but it was only after having asked her consent
by one of the first ministers of His court.
God the Father communicated to Mary His fruitfulness,
inasmuch as a mere creature was capable of it,
in order that He might give her the power to produce His Son
and all the members of His Mystical Body.
God the Holy Ghost, being barren in God
- that is to say, not producing another Divine Person
is become fruitful by Mary, whom He has espoused.
It was with her, in her, and of her
that He produced His Masterpiece,
which is God made Man,
and that He goes on producing daily,
to the end of the world, the predestinate
and the members of the body of that adorable Head.
"God the Father made an assemblage
of all the waters and He named it the sea -mare.
He made an assemblage of all His graces
and He called it Mary - Maria.
This great God has a most rich treasury
in which He has laid up all that He has
of beauty and splendor, of rarity and preciousness,
including even His own Son:
and this immense treasury is none other than Mary,
whom the saints have named the Treasure of the Lord,
out of whose plenitude all men are made rich."
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