Day Three

St. Louis de Montfort Preparation:

Day Three of the 12 Preliminary Days, in which you endeavour to free yourself from the spirit of the world.

  • 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 Three, courtesy of Jennifer and Greg Willits of Rosary Army. May God continue to bless them in their apostolates.

From True Devotion to Mary, some excerpts from the Prefacewritten in 1862 by Father Frederick William Faber, D.D., Priest of the Oratory, who also translated the work from the original French:

Of St. Louis de Montfort, Father Faber writes:  “His preaching, his writing and his conversations were all impregnated with prophecy and with anticipations of the later ages of the Church.  He comes forward like another St. Vincent Ferrer, as if on the days bordering on the Last Judgment, and proclaims that he brings an authentic message from God about the great honor and wider knowledge and more prominent love of His Blessed Mother, and her connection with the second advent of her Son.”

Of devotion to Mary, Father Faber writes:  “Jesus is obscured because Mary is kept in the background.  Thousands of souls perish because Mary is withheld from them.  It is the miserable, unworthy shadow which we call our devotion to the Blessed Virgin that is the cause of all these wants and blights, these evils and omissions and declines.  Yet, if we are to believe the revelations of the saints, God is pressing for a greater, a wider, a stronger, quite another devotion to His Blessed Mother.  I cannot think of a higher work or a broader vocation for anyone than the simple spreading of this peculiar devotion of the Venerable Grignion de Montfort.  Let a man but try it for himself, and his surprise at the graces it brings with it, and the transformation it causes in his soul, will soon convince him of its otherwise almost incredible efficacy as a means for the salvation of men, and for the coming of the kingdom of Christ.”

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Immaculate Heart Preparation:

Some highlights from the reflection for Day Three:

  • “Come together and be consecrated to my Immaculate Heart.  You do not perceive how much grace is held for you there.  I long to carry you all in my maternal arms and to present you to God Father in heaven.  I present you to my Jesus – your truth, your life and the way of eternal life in heaven.”
  • “I warn you dear angel, the world shall succumb to dark times of great tribulations.  I plead to you all to become intertwined with my Immaculate Heart so I may protect and guide you through such bleakness.”
  • “It shall become clearer in each day that the flock who are consecrated to my heart and carried by my arms in these final times, shall be those who are faithful to the Gospel message, the Vicar of Christ, adore my Son’s presence in the Eucharist; these shall be enclosed in the folds of my mantle by the Consecration to My Immaculate Heart.”
  • “It is in this way I desire to lead you to glorification of the Most Holy Trinity.  You shall find passage through the door of my heart, and by this means shall you spread the light of divine splendor.  When this light you shall contain is spread throughout the earth and my part to usher in this light is fulfilled, my Jesus shall claim the Reign of His Sacred Heart and restore His kingdom.”
  • Preparation for the consecration gives to the soul a foundation to receive an exceptional grace, for before God can bestow a grace upon a soul, it must first be prepared to receive it.
  • This Act of Consecration is a spiritual communion with Jesus through the heart of Mary, and should never be made lightly.  We must make our consecration with a deep sense of the reality of grace that is contained within the act.
  • An ardent desire for perfection in the soul is the first state we should seek in ourselves.  It is the means by which to acquire sanctity.  Our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary gains perfection in our soul.
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