Day Five

St. Louis de Montfort Preparation:

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

“Mary was singularly hidden during her life.  It is on this account that the Holy Ghost and the Church call her Alma Mater – “Mother secret and hidden.”  Her humility was so profound that she had no inclination on earth more powerful or more constant than that of hiding herself, from herself as well as from every other creature, so as to be known to God only.

He heard her prayers when she begged to be hidden, to be humbled and to be treated as in all respects poor and of no account.  He took pleasure in hiding her from all human creatures, in her conception, in her birth, in her life, in her mysteries, and in her resurrection and Assumption.  Even her parents did not know her, and the angels often asked one another:  “Who is that?” (Cant. 3:6; 8:5) because the Most High either had hidden her from them, or if He did reveal anything, it was nothing compared to what He kept undisclosed.” [From:  Preliminary Remarks, True Devotion to Mary:  pg. 3, paragraphs 2 and 3]

Here is a link to the Canticle of Canticles, if you would like to look up the ones St. Louis de Montfort has referenced.

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Immaculate Heart Preparation:

Some highlights from the reflection for Day Five:

  • “Dear children, you are awakening to the dawn of my Triumph.  I pray for your unity in the response to my call.”
  • In preparing to make the consecration, the soul must first become entirely open and the fundamental desire of love for Our Lady must be present.
  • …the soul must desire complete reconciliation with God.  This grace is granted partly within the consecration itself because it is a grace of unity…As intense as the grace is given, so must the reconciliation be.
  • …solitude of the soul must be found to nurture the state of love for Our Lady.  Only in solitude may her love be manifested to the soul and the realization be given.
  • …an awareness of Our Lady’s expectations from the soul must be gained…We must have a clear understanding of what she expects from us.  Without this knowledge it is very difficult for the soul to fulfill the fruits of the consecration.
  • …holy aspirations and desires will create in our soul the flame of virtue, and the realm of purity and simplicity.  These are the cornerstones of the consecration.
  • May I contemplate the goodness of God in my life, and open my heart to those less able to recognize His favors upon them.

3 Responses

  1. i woke up with a sense of happy anticipation, like it wasn’t “just another day in paradise” –there was something pending, some sweet and real good, something my heart is looking forward to. When my eyes focused, I recalled what it is: There is a Day Five, and I’m in it!

  2. The very same thing happened to me during my consecration preparation. The joy increased steadily day by day, the anticipation of prayer-time with Mary, the ever-more-natural turn of my thoughts to her all day long. And she revealed to me ways she had been with me, in a hidden way, all my life, and in ways not so hidden, but that I was too blind to see.

  3. I look forward to it all, most of all for its eventual impact on others around me. There is an attendant grief of dire contrition in this new and surpassing joy; I would give others gentle, wise, strong Mary to love them better and nearer their very Furnace of love. And peace? Oh, yes, indeed.. I see that peace is possible.

    :-)I’m so glad you’re doing this with us.

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