By Mel Mantanona
St. Louis de Montfort (pronounced Lou-ee) was born in France in 1673. He was ordained a priest at the age of twenty-seven. He was widely known for his inspiring preaching as a missionary priest using language that was simple yet filled with love. His life was said to have revolved around prayer, love for the poor, and poverty.
Louis remains known throughout the centuries for having written arguably a couple of the greatest books on Marian devotion, The Secret of The Rosary and True Devotion to Mary: with Preparation for Total Consecration. The formerly mentioned is a magnificent book on the spiritual power of the Rosary as the most important private prayer, and the latter is a book used for Marian Consecration, a devotional self-giving act of consecrating oneself to Mary, and in turn consecrating oneself to Jesus.
A couple of saints known for having a consecration to Mary are St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. John Paul II. St. John Paul II’s apostolic motto was “Totus Tuus” meaning “totally thine,” a motto taken from Louis’ Marian Consecration prayer.
Louis was the founder of the Sisters of Divine Wisdom and the Missionaries of the Company of Mary. He was also a defender against Jansenism, a heresy that propagated the erroneous claim of denying the necessity of free will. He remains today one of the greatest Marian saints. He died in 1716 and his feast day is April 28.
I would like to invite everyone to read The Secret of The Rosary- a powerful and influential book ensured to deepen one’s devotional and prayer life. Don’t forget to pray the rosary daily!
“Totus tuus ego sum, et omnia mea tua sunt. Accipio te in mea omnia. Praebe mihi cor tuum, Maria.”
Information and photo from http://www.catholic.org/saints and EWTN.