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The Blessed Virgin; Her powerful role in The Last Times.

Fr/St Louis Marie de Montfort (the late seventeenth, early eighteenth century priest) had a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin, and his writings on Her are profound, including his great treatise: True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary (written c.1710.) And in which is included his rightly identifying the role of the Blessed Virgin in these last times of the world.

True Devotion is often recognized for its insights and prophetic content. Many Popes have extolled St Louis Marie's works and writings; Pope Leo XIII honoured him by beatifying him on his own golden jubilee anniversary to the priesthood. Fr Faber's quote, from 1868, is a reflection of an experience of reading True Devotion; he states:

"..if I may dare say so, there is a growing feeling of something inspired and supernatural about it as we go on studying it; and with that we cannot help experiencing after repeated readings of it, that its novelty never wears off, nor its fullness to be diminished nor the fresh fragrance fire of its unction abate" (quoted in: SMM: An overview of The Life and Spirituality of Saint Louis Marie de Montfort.)

Many who have read True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin have said, quite simply, that it has changed their lives. St Louis Marie wrote extensively of the Blessed Virgin Mary's powerful roles, and indeed very much including in these last times of the world. In a chapter in True Devotion titled:

Mary's Part In The Latter Times, Part 1 (4) he writes:
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"As She was the way by which Jesus first came to us, She will again be the way by which He will come to us the second time though not in the same manner."[TD 50(4)]

"Since She is the sure means, the direct and Immaculate way to Jesus and the perfect guide to Him, it is through Her that souls who are to shine forth in sanctity must find Him. He who finds Mary finds life, that is, Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth and the life. But no one can find Mary who does not look for Her. No one can look for Her who does not know Her, for no one seeks or desires something unknown. Mary then must be better known than ever for the deeper understanding and the greater glory of the Blessed Trinity."[TD50 (5)]

"In these latter times Mary must shine forth more than ever in mercy, power and grace; in mercy, to bring back and welcome lovingly the poor sinners and wanderers who are to be converted and return to the Catholic Church; in power, to combat the enemies of God who will rise up menacingly to seduce and crush by promises and threats all those who oppose them; finally, She must shine forth in grace to inspire and support the valiant soldiers and loyal servants of Jesus Christ who are fighting for His cause."[TD50(6)]

"Lastly, Mary must become as terrible as an army in battle array to the devil and his followers, especially in these latter times. For Satan, knowing that he has little time - even less now than ever-to destroy souls, intensifies his efforts and his onslaughts every day. He will not hesitate to stir up savage persecutions and set more treacherous snares for Mary's faithful servants and children whom He finds more difficult to overcome than others."[TD50 (7)]

"It is chiefly in reference to these last wicked persecutions of the devil, daily increasing until the advent of the reign of the anti-Christ, that we should understand that first and well-known prophecy and curse uttered against the serpent in the garden of paradise. It is opportune to explain it here for the glory of the Blessed Virgin, the salvation of Her children and the confusion of the devil."I will place enmities between you and the woman, between your race and Her race; She will crush your head and you will lie in ambush at Her heel."[Gen 3:15] [TD51]

"God has established only one enmity - but it is an irreconcilable one - which will last and even go on increasing to the end of time. That enmity is between Mary, His worthy Mother, and the devil, between the children and followers of the Blessed Virgin and the children and followers of Lucifer."[TD52]

"What Lucifer lost by pride Mary won by humility. What Eve ruined and lost by disobedience Mary saved by obedience. By obeying the serpent, Eve ruined her children as well as herself and delivered them up to him. Mary, by Her perfect fidelity to God saved Her children with Herself and consecrated them to His divine majesty." [TD 53]

"Finally, God in these times wishes His Blessed Mother to be more known, loved and honoured than She has ever been. This will certainly come about if the elect, by the grace and light of the Holy Spirit adopt the interior and perfect practice of the devotion which I shall later unfold. Then they will clearly see that beautiful Star of the Sea, as much as faith allows. Under Her guidance they will perceive the splendours of this Queen and will consecrate themselves entirely to Her service as subjects and slaves of love. They will experience Her motherly kindness and affection for Her children. They will love Her tenderly and will appreciate how full of compassion She is and how much they stand in need of Her help. In all circumstances they will have recourse to Her as their Advocate and Mediatrix with Jesus Christ. They will see clearly that She is the safest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus and will surrender themselves to Her, body and soul, without reserve in order to belong entirely to Jesus."[TD55]

St Louis Marie also writes these profound and loving words:

"It is difficult to persevere in holiness because of the excessively corrupting influence of the world. The world is so corrupt that it seems almost inevitable that religious hearts will be soiled, if not by its mud, at least by its dust. It is something of a miracle for anyone to stand firm in the midst of this raging torrent and not be swept away; to weather this stormy sea and not be drowned, or robbed by pirates; to breathe this pestilential air and not be contaminated by it. It is Mary, the singularly faithful Virgin over whom Satan had never any power, who works this miracle for those who truly love Her."[TD.89:3]

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True devotion to the Blessed Virgin is in Book form, or available on the internet at www.ewtn/library/Montfort/TRUE DEVOTION.HTM

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