“ATTENTION, those with a devotion to Mary”
Without Burdening Yourself With More Spiritual Practices...In Fact, Even Without Adding Any”
Turn Off Your Cell Phone And T.V., Because The Letter You’re About To Read Is Critical To Your Devotion to Mary, And I Don’t Want You To Miss Anything
Have you ever wondered why the Saints were able to go so far in the spiritual life, even if their lives were short (think St. Aloysius Gonzaga, St. Teresa of the Andes, St. Dominic Savio, etc.)? And they weren't even martyrs!
Have you ever dreamed of what your devotion to Mary and spiritual life would be like if you knew their "secret"?
These are questions I wondered about, especially since after enthusiastically making my consecration to Jesus through Mary, it seemed like there wasn’t much difference to what my devotion to Mary was like before I made my consecration to Mary. Maybe you’ve felt the same way.
Needless to say, it was frustrating. But I couldn’t quit. St. Maximilian Kolbe had said: “The situation would become otherwise as soon as someone were to throw in the towel and say: my efforts are in vain. And in reality, this is what Satan is after; he wants us to become discouraged.”
And I set out on the path to find a solution. This path included a journey all the way to the headquarters of the Montfort Fathers in Rome to meet with their Superior General, Fr. Battista Cortinovis. Ultimately, as you’ll see, this journey led me to the works of recognized experts in devotion to Mary. But I’m getting ahead of myself here.
The first and main obstacle holding you back in your devotion to Mary is the ENEMY OF MANKIND: Satan.
And St. Paul says: “For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places” (Eph. 6:12).
With this in mind, you can clearly see that the main reason you’re not making the progress you want in your devotion to Mary is NOT YOUR FAULT. You have a powerful enemy who never sleeps, and who’s always working against you.
St. Louis de Montfort explains:
“There are at this time, more than ever, false devotions to our Blessed Lady which it is easy to mistake for true ones. The devil, like a false coiner and a subtle and experienced deceiver, has already deceived and destroyed so many souls by a false devotion to the Blessed Virgin, that he makes a daily use of his diabolical experience to plunge many others by this same way into everlasting perdition.
“As a false coiner does not ordinarily counterfeit anything but gold and silver, or very rarely the other metals, because they are not worth the trouble, so the evil spirit does not for the most part counterfeit the other devotions, but only those to Jesus and Mary, the devotion to Holy Communion and to our Blessed Lady, because they are, among other devotions, what gold and silver are among metals” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #90).
St. Louis de Montfort says: “The fourth good office which Our Lady renders to her children and faithful servants is to protect and defend them. She puts herself round about them, and she accompanies them, like an army in battle array. A faithful servant of Mary, surrounded by her protection and her imperial power, has still less to fear.
“This good Mother and powerful Princess of the heavens would rather dispatch battalions of millions of Angels to help one of her servants than that it should ever be said that a faithful servant of Mary, who trusted in her, had had to succumb to the malice, the number, and the vehemence of his enemies” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #210).
St. Louis de Montfort points out the next obstacle:
“As the essential of this devotion consists in the interior which it ought to form, it will not be comprehended equally by everybody. Some will stop at what is exterior in it, and will go no further, and these will be the greatest number. Some, in small number, will enter into its inward spirit; but they will only mount one step. Who will mount to the second step? Who will get as far as the third? Lastly, who will so advance as to make this devotion his habitual state?” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #119)
So the next step was to get a firm grasp on the interior part of this devotion. But where to begin?
Pay close attention here, because this next part may sound new to you. Think of it like this. The interior part of this devotion is like an operating system on your computer. And the exterior practices, e.g., praying the Rosary and chaplets, are like new software.
Well, you know that you can’t install new software on your computer without an operating system. It simply won’t run. And that’s why you can imitate all the exterior practices of the Saints (which St. Louis de Montfort says are necessary as well) and still not have them work for you. You can’t put new wine into old wineskins.
The Saints had the operating system, i.e., the interior spirit. Without their operating system, you’ll run their software differently, meaning you’ll get different results than they did, even though you’re copying exactly what they did.
Have you realized for yourself that despite your reading various spiritual books and learning more each year, that each year you just seem to not quite get anywhere at all? Each year you feel you have taken a load of steps forward, but you also FEEL like you’re actually further away now than you were years ago.
Have you reached the point of wondering if all of this spiritual reading you do is actually helping you? Have you found that each year you just get more frustrated at not making substantial progress?
Until finally at some point you’ll say something like, ‘Well I’ve been trying for years and I guess I am just not cut out to be a saint.’ So how close are you to resigning yourself to the fact that ‘you can’t do it’? But you know there’s an answer, you know you are close to it, but you just can’t find out what it is.
Once I show you how you can install the correct operating system (the interior spirit), then any spiritual software you decide to run is certain to succeed. This may sound impossible and too easy, but read on.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga received Holy Communion once a week, like most practicing Catholics. On April 4, 1600, St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi had a vision of him in glory, and said:
“Oh! How great is the glory of Aloysius, son of Ignatius! I could never have believed it if Our Lord had not shown it to me. It seems to me that there can be no glory in Heaven equal to that of Aloysius. I repeat it! Aloysius is a great Saint. We have Saints in our Church [those whose relics were in the monastery church] who have not received such glory as their reward. I wish I were able to go all through the world and proclaim that Aloysius, son of Ignatius, is a great Saint; I would wish to be able to tell about the glory which he enjoys, in order that God might be glorified by it. He has been elevated to this high degree of glory because he lived an interior life. Who could explain the value and advantages of the interior life? It is incomparably superior to the exterior life.”
The interior spirit is part of your BEING. Once you have that down, then your DOING (your spiritual practices) will be much more effective. Although St. Louis de Montfort says that exterior practices performed well can help develop the interior spirit, he does emphasize that the interior spirit is the chief characteristic of this devotion to Mary.
The interesting thing is that with the interior spirit (when being precedes doing), you don’t have to add more spiritual practices than you’re already doing. St. Louis writes: “It would be no wonder if, at the hour of death, it should be found that a person faithful to this practice shall, by the means of it, have delivered many souls from Purgatory, and converted many sinners, though he shall have done nothing more that the ordinary actions of his state of life. What joy at his judgment! What glory in this eternity!” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #172)
Furthermore, the more faithful you are to this devotion, the shorter the time it’ll take for you to get great results. That’s why St. Louis writes: “As there are secrets of nature to do in a short time at little cost and with facility, natural operations, so also in like manner there are secrets in the order of grace to do in a short time with sweetness and facility, supernatural operations” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #82).
After pointing out that St. Augustine calls Mary “the mold of God” he adds: “He who is cast into this mold is presently formed and molded in Jesus Christ and Jesus Christ in him. At slight expense and in a short time he will become Christ-like, because he has been cast in the same mold which has formed a God-man” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #219).
Now, if these aren’t the results you want, then you can click the back button now. There’s no need for you to read further. Goodbye to the doubters!
Having come to understand how important the interior spirit of this devotion to Mary is, I set out to find anything and everything which could help explain it. As mentioned above, this included a visit to the Montfort Generalate in Rome. The internet made it possible for me to search the world and discover some excellent resources.
With the exception of one book, all were in French. And so, I had to translate them. And now, after long, but pleasant, hours of toil and labor, for the first time in English, you can get your hands on these guides for developing the interior spirit of your devotion to Mary.
These guides enjoyed great success in their original languages, and hundreds of thousands trusted them.
You’ll be delighted when you get your hands on these manuals, because you’ll conveniently have at your fingertips on one small bookshelf exactly what you need for your devotion to Mary not only to resemble, but to equal, and yes, maybe even surpass that of the Saints.
There was a reason why St. Louis de Montfort said:
“I have said that this would come to pass particularly at the end of the world, and indeed presently, because the Most High with His holy Mother has to form for Himself great Saints, who shall surpass most of the other Saints in sanctity, as much as the cedars of Lebanon outgrow the little shrubs, as has been revealed to a holy soul, whose life has been written by a great servant of God” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #47).
“Let us long for those who are longing for us, hurry to those who are waiting for us, and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us. We should not only want to be with the Saints, we should also hope to possess their happiness. While we desire to be in their company, we must also earnestly seek to share in their glory. Do not imagine that there is anything harmful in such an ambition as this; there is no danger in setting our hearts on such glory.”
And St. Maximilian Kolbe says: “We all have the possibility of becoming saints.”
The one thing you’ll notice about the Saints is they all believed they could become Saints, with God and Mary’s help. It’s possible for you as well. God became man so that you could have the abundant life. So don’t count yourself out.
Stop for a moment and imagine how overjoyed you’ll feel when you enter Heaven and be placed among the greatest Marian Saints in history: St. Louis de Montfort, St. Bernard of Clairvaux, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Pope St. John Paul II, St. Francis de Sales, and St. John Bosco, just to name a few. Take the time to feel and experience this.
Wouldn’t that would be wonderful? And it’s entirely possible for you.
Mary wants this for you, and she’ll certainly help you.
You read in St. Alphonsus Liguori’s “The Glories of Mary”: “Mary is so desirous to do us good, that she can bear no delay; and not being a miserly keeper of her favors, but the Mother of mercy, she cannot restrain herself from dispensing, as soon as possible among her servants, the treasures of her liberality.”
And that’s not all.
Imagine the benefits that having a great devotion to Mary bring not only to you but also to many others.
Bl. Pope Paul VI said:
“There reigns among men, by the hidden and benign mystery of the divine will, a supernatural solidarity whereby the sin of one harms the others just as the holiness of one also benefits the others. Thus the Christian faithful give each other mutual help to attain their supernatural aim. Thus while attaining their own salvation, they have also cooperated in the salvation of their brothers in the unity of the Mystical Body.”
“To understand the excellence of this motive, we must understand also what a good it is to convert a sinner, or to deliver a soul from Purgatory. It is an infinite good, which is greater than to create heaven and earth, because we give to a soul the possession of God” (“True Devotion to Mary” #172).
Every manual here, especially those in the “True Devotion to Mary Series”, will help you develop the interior spirit, and show you how to apply this knowledge to get the results you’ve always wanted and read about in the lives of the Saints.
Best of all, these guides will slash the time it takes for you to advance rapidly. And therein lies their great value. You can instantly apply them to your own life. They will begin to impact you long before you reach the last chapter.
And now that we’ve laid the necessary groundwork…
This guide is a collection of his Marian texts taken from the 16 volumes of several hundred pages each of his Opera Omnia (Collected Works). Now you get them all in one place. The added bonus is that this volume contains previously untranslated biographical material about him and his own devotion to Mary.
St. Maximilian Kolbe and Ven. Frank Duff could clearly see the practical application of Fr. Neubert’s works, and personal experience showed them they could benefit many. They didn't put forth this effort in promoting the Marian books of others.
In fact, St. Maximilian had said: “Let us trust the Immaculate totally and give ourselves to her without limits, and quickly – very quickly – we will become saints.” If he didn’t think Fr. Neubert’s works could help you do this, he wouldn’t have promoted his books so strenuously, nor struck up a friendship with him.
One more thing. In his autobiography, Fr. Neubert said that Our Lady obtained a special grace for him when he made his consecration to her in 1902. While writing his autobiography in 1961, he said that from the time he made his consecration to Mary, he hadn’t had a single temptation against purity. I’m convinced this grace contributed to the clarity of his Marian writings.
This Series was necessary for several reasons, so much so that I had to devote a separate page to it. See the tab at the top right of this page.
First, because most people don’t understand or advance much in this devotion. St. Louis de Montfort says: “As the essential of this devotion consists in the interior which it ought to form, it will not be comprehended equally by everybody. Some will stop at what is exterior in it, and will go no further, and these will be the greatest number. Some, in small number, will enter into its inward spirit; but they will only mount one step. Who will mount to the second step? Who will get as far as the third? Lastly, who will so advance as to make this devotion his habitual state?” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #119)
Second, to help you crack the code on this devotion to Mary, which St. Louis de Montfort called “a mystery of grace unknown to even the wisest and most spiritual among Christians” (#21); and, “a secret unknown to almost all Christians, even the most devout” (#177).
Third, because of the glory it gives God and the great benefits it gives you. St. Louis de Montfort said: “By this practice, faithfully observed, you will give Jesus more glory in a month than by any other practice, however, difficult, in many years” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #222).
Fourth, because he calls this devotion to Mary “the surest, the easiest, the shortest, and the most perfect means by which to go to Jesus Christ” (#55), and a more perfect imitation of Him.
“It is a path trodden by Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Wisdom, our sole Head. One of His members in passing by the same road cannot deceive himself. It is an easy road, because of the fullness of the grace and unction of the Holy Ghost, which fills it to overflowing. No one wearies there; no one walking there has ever to retrace his steps. It is a short road, which leads us to Jesus in a little time. It is a perfect road, where there is no mud, no dust, nor the least spot of sin. Lastly, it is a secure road, which conducts us to Jesus Christ and life eternal in a straight and secure manner, without turning to the right hand or to the left” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #168).
Then he answers his own question: “That time will not come until men shall know and practice this devotion which I am teaching” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #217).
For starters, in this Series, you get the first and only English translation of Fr. Henri-Marie Boudon’s “The Holy Slavery of the Admirable Mother of God”, first published in 1667 (yes, 349 years ago!). This book inspired and skyrocketed St. Louis de Montfort's own devotion to Mary. His biographers say it had the greatest influence on him.
Canon Blain, his best friend wrote: “As Louis-Marie devoted a lot of time to spiritual reading, he became familiar with nearly all books dealing with the spiritual life. Those which in my opinion were his favorites were those by the late Fr. Boudon.
“He would have liked everybody to join the society of the slaves of the Blessed Virgin. The source of this zeal was the book written on this subject by the late Fr. Boudon.”
“In this work, Boudon shows the origin, excellence, and progress of this holy devotion, discusses the advantages that it procures, the indulgences with which Popes and bishops enriched it; finally, he refutes the objection which can be made against it and points out a multitude of practices in order to sanctify, in the capacity of slaves of Mary, the months, weeks, and different days of the year.
“It is a rich repertoire from which Montfort drew extensively when his composed his Treatise on the True Devotion. One finds, in effect, in the writings of Montfort, the thoughts of Boudon, and sometimes even his expressions.”
This book contributed greatly to St. Louis de Montfort’s understanding of the interior spirit of devotion to Mary.
Then there are the guides of Montfort Fathers, Fr. Antonin Lhoumeau and Fr. Jean-Marie Texier. The Montfort Fathers describe Fr. Lhoumeau as “a man gifted with great talents. Fr. Lhoumeau made an enormous contribution to the spread of Marian spirituality. He wrote books which were very well received.”
And they describe Fr. Texier as “a remarkable spiritual writer.”
I would especially like to mention Fr. Texier’s “To Jesus through Mary”, because it’s a remarkable book which goes beyond preparing for your consecration. It not only helps you develop the interior spirit of this devotion, but, just as importantly, shows you how to live it at every moment of your life.
You also get “The “Commentary on the Treatise on The True Devotion”. I’ll let the Montfort Fathers themselves describe this Commentary for you: “The “Commentary on the Treatise on The True Devotion” points out everything the reader must know or remember in order to penetrate completely the immortal masterpiece of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. It is an essential book for whoever desires to learn the Perfect Devotion.”
And speaking of paying for themselves, your investment in each book amounts to only a few cents a day over a year’s time. You’ll have them for much longer than that.
If you get them on Amazon Kindle, you get instant savings and the benefit of being able to begin reading in the next few minutes. They are available for immediate download, even if you don’t have a Kindle reading device.
And each manual comes with a no-questions-asked guarantee.
What you invest in these guides is nothing compared to what they give you in return.
“It would be no wonder if, at the hour of death, it should be found that a person faithful to this practice shall, by the means of it, have delivered many souls from Purgatory, and converted many sinners, though he shall have done nothing more than the ordinary actions of his state of life. What joy at his judgment! What glory in his eternity!” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #172)
“We must understand also what a good it is to convert a sinner, or to deliver a soul from Purgatory. It is an infinite good, which is greater than to create heaven and earth, because we give to a soul the possession of God. If by this practice we deliver but one soul in our life from Purgatory, or convert but one sinner, would not that be enough to induce a truly charitable man to embrace it?” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #172)
Imagine everything you just read happening in your life. On a scale of 1 to 10, how do you feel about that? St. Paul says that God grants "immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine" (Eph. 3:20). That being the case, now imagine this on a scale of 20. How do you feel about it now?
Again, you don’t have to do great deeds to get extraordinary results, because the essential of this devotion is the interior. And that’s what these trusted guides give you: the interior spirit.
And with that everything falls into place for you. Without it you may struggle to master any type of spirituality. You don’t load software onto a computer without first installing the operating system (the interior spirit). People fail and will ALWAYS continue to fail trying to do it that way, because they are attempting to put gas in a car that has no engine. Of course it won’t EVER work.
Mastering the interior spirit is similar to how you learned lines in a play in school or like learning to drive a car. Think of how focused you were at first, but how easy it is now. It becomes almost effortless.
Imagine for a second what your life would look like if your devotion to Mary was as great as the devotion to Mary you read about in the lives of the Saints.
And the more you love God, the higher your place will be in Heaven. Not to mention the great peace and joy you will experience in this life.
This is indeed possible for you. Remember, Jesus turned poor fishermen into great Saints. And Saints weren’t born that way. But the grace of God which made them Saints can do the same for you.
St. Ignatius of Loyola said: “Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”
You know that Mary, the “mold of God”, will teach you how to do that, because you read above from the “The Glories of Mary” of St. Alphonsus Liguori: “Mary is so desirous to do us good, that she can bear no delay; and not being a miserly keeper of her favors, but the Mother of mercy, she cannot restrain herself from dispensing, as soon as possible among her servants, the treasures of her liberality.”
As it says in the Psalm: “Our life is over like a sigh. Our span is seventy years or eighty for those who are strong. They pass swiftly and we are gone. Make us know the shortness of our life that we may gain wisdom of heart” (Ps. 89:9-10).
How long can you wait? This is about creating the life (and eternity) God wants you to have and for which He created you.
St. Louis-Marie says: “God wishes that His holy Mother should at present be more known, more loved, more honored, than she has ever been” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #55).
And the last words Jesus addressed to mankind were: “Behold your Mother.” Whenever He told someone to do something, He never intended for them to go away and think about it. He wanted them to take action right then.
And so, in that same spirit, I encourage you to take action today and click the big blue button below. A “slow yes” doesn’t do you or the Mystical Body of Christ any good. There’s no benefit to be gained from procrastination.
Increasing your devotion to Mary is a perfect opportunity for you to “store up treasures in Heaven” (Mt. 6:20).
St. Louis de Montfort writes: “The devils, who are skillful thieves, wish to surprise us unawares, and to strip us. They watch day and night for that favorable moment. For that end they go round about us incessantly to devour us, and to snatch from us in one moment, by a sin, all that we have gained of graces and of merits for many years” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #88).
But then he adds that Mary “would have kept it for them as if it had been her own possession; nay, who would have even taken it as an obligation of justice on herself to preserve it for them. It is the Virgin, alone faithful, in whom the serpent has never had part, who works this miracle for those who serve her in that sweet way” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #s 89-90), i.e., the devotion he teaches.
They have nothing written on the back.
They have no pictures inside.
Just plain, information packed, bursting with value material.
People who buy these don’t buy them for the pretty graphics; they buy them because they get them results.
They are the sort of people who place great value on results and not much on the looks.
And I’ve done that. Or rather, St. Louis de Montfort has done that in the following points:
1. “By this practice, faithfully observed, you will give Jesus more glory in a month than by any other practice, however difficult, in many years” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #222).
2. “Mary is the great and exclusive mold of God, proper to make living images of God, at small cost and in a little time” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #260).
3. “He who is cast in this mold (Mary) is presently formed and molded in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ in him. At a slight expense and in a short time he will become Christ-like, because he has been cast in the same mold which has formed a God-man” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #219).
You also saw how St. Louis said that your devotion to Mary can even surpass the devotion to Mary of the Saints.
If what St. Louis said wasn’t true, the Church would never have approved his writings, and so many Popes wouldn't have embraced and promoted his spirituality.
I also went over the importance of the interior life, without which none of the points just mentioned could be accomplished.
And I also pointed out the importance of having the right tools to get a firm handle on the interior life, because St. Louis de Montfort calls his devotion “a mystery of grace unknown to even the wisest and most spiritual among Christians” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #21), and “a secret unknown to almost all Christians, even the most devout” (“True Devotion to Mary”, #177). And you saw how the guides available here lead you to a deeper understanding of the interior character of this devotion to Mary.
I can’t promise that these Marian manuals will work for you. You may simply read them and put them aside, and not apply what you discovered. God will provide the food, but He won’t cook the dinner. But I can promise you that if you apply what they show you, they will positively transform your devotion to Mary and your life in ways you can’t even imagine, both in this life and the next.
Finally, remember the words of St. John of the Cross: “O souls, created for these grandeurs and called to them! What are you doing? How are you spending your time?”
Get started today, and click the big blue button below.
I wish you all the best on your Marian journey!