Day One

St. Louis de Montfort Preparation:

  • Day One of the 12 Preliminary Days, in which you endeavour to free yourself from the spirit of the world.  Because it is the first day of the preliminary period, I will post this excerpt from True Devotion to Mary (pg. 176), regarding “Renouncement of the World”: 

“The first part of the preparation should be employed in casting off the spirit of the world, which is contrary to that of Jesus Christ.

The spirit of the world consists essentially in the denial of the supreme dominion of God, a denial which is manifested in practice by sin and disobedience; thus it is principally opposed to the spirit of Christ, which is also that of Mary.

It manifests itself by the concupiscence of the flesh, by the concupiscence of the eyes and by the pride of life; by disobedience to God’s laws and the abuse of created things.  Its works are, first, sin in all its forms; and then all else by which the devil leads to sin; works which bring error and darkness to the mind, and seduction and corruption to the will.  Its pomps are the splendor and the charms employed by the devil to render sin alluring in persons, places and things.”

  • Prayers to be said today:  Veni Creator and Ave Maris Stella
  • Choose your spiritual reading from:  Matthew, Chapters 5, 6, 7; Imitation of Christ, Book I, Chapters 13, 18, 25; Book III, Chapters 10, 40
  • Your spiritual exercises:  Examine your conscience, pray, practice renouncement, mortification, purity of heart; this purity is the indispensable condition for contemplating God in Heaven, to see Him on earth and to know Him by the light of faith.

“Where two or three are gathered”: Click on the arrow to enter into Day One, courtesy of Jennifer and Greg Willits of Rosary Army. May God continue to bless them in their apostolates.

[Many thanks to my friend JohnT who recently reminded me of this wonderful audio resource!]

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Immaculate Heart Preparation:

“In Fatima, Our Lady spoke of the “Triumph of the Heart”, thus a triumph that starts from the heart to reach other hearts; a Triumph that begins very deep in each of us; a Triumph manifested through the most wonderful fruit of the spirit, charity.

Charity of the heart is living in sacrifice as requested by Our Lord, a sacrifice that is nurtured by prayer and self giving, by suffering and joy, by purity of heart and simplicity.  It is given and not created, for it is a pure gift of God.  The gift of charity is received in faith and is to be shared in humility.  It is shared in humility to be received again, more precious than before, in joy.

‘In the end my heart will triumph’ is the heavenly promise given to us by Our Lady of Fatima in 1917 and is to be taken ever so seriously today by those who consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  This plan, this call, to each one of us for the renewal of the Church (and so of the world) is The Triumph.” (pg. iv)

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