True Servant of Mary

A true servant of Mary and a true disciple of Jesus
According to St. Louis de Montfort

…is poor and simple since he has more good will and faith than the common run of scholars. (TD 26, 54, 58)

…is willing to be formed by the Blessed Mother, for only this singular and wondrous virgin can produce in union with the Holy Spirit singular and wondrous things. (TD 35, 45)

…knows that Mary’s strongest inclination is to unite us to Jesus, her Son, and her Son’s strongest wish is that we come to him through his Blessed Mother. (TD 75, 76)

…sees clearly that true devotion to Mary is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus and surrenders himself to her, body and soul, without reserve in order to belong entirely to Jesus. (TD 55)

…looks for Mary in order to find Her. He tries his best to learn about her since, no one can look for her who does not know her, for no one seeks or desires something unknown. (TD 50, 75)

…understands that Mary must be known and openly revealed by the Holy Spirit so that Jesus may be known, loved and served through her. (TD 49, 50)

…loves her tenderly and appreciates how full of compassion she is and how much he stands in need of her help. (TD 55)

…In all circumstances he has recourse to her as his advocate and mediatrix with Jesus Christ. (TD 55, 83, 85, 86)

…relies in Mary knowing that it is difficult to in holiness because of the excessively corrupting influence of the world. But Mary is, the singularly faithful Virgin over whom Satan had never any power, and She can work this miracle for those who truly love her. (TD 89)

…recognizes false devotions to our Blessed Lady and avoids them, and recognizes true devotion in order to practice it. He knows that no other devotion gives more glory to God, is more sanctifying for himself or more helpful to his neighbor (TD 90, 91, 92, 104, 118)

…understands that true devotion to our Lady is interior, it comes from within the mind and the heart and follows from the esteem in which he holds her, the high regard he has for her greatness, and the love he bears her. (TD 106, 119)

…has for the Blessed Mother the confidence that a child has for its loving Mother. (TD 107)

…goes to her in every need and affliction of body and soul with great simplicity, trust and affection. (TD 107)

…implores her help always, everywhere, and for everything. (TD 107)

…prays to her to be enlightened in his doubts, to be put back on the right path when he goes astray, to be protected when he is tempted, to be strengthened when he is weakening, to be lifted up when he falls into sin, to be encouraged when he is losing heart, to be rid of his scruples, to be consoled in the trials, crosses and disappointments of life.  (TD 107)

…is determined to avoid sin and to imitate the principal virtues of Mary: deep humility, lively faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, constant self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness, and heavenly wisdom. (TD 108)

…is constant because true devotion strengthens him in his desire to do good and prevents him from giving up his devotional practices too easily. (TD 109)

…when he falls, he stretches out his hand to his Blessed Mother and rises again. (TD 109)

…is disinterested. He does not serve his illustrious Queen for selfish gain. He does not serve her for temporal or eternal well-being but simply and solely because she has the right to be served and God alone in her. He loves her not so much because she is good to him or because he expects something from her, but simply because she is lovable. That is why he loves and serves her just as faithfully in weariness and dryness of soul as in sweet and sensible fervor. (TD 110)

…gives himself entirely to Mary in order to belong entirely to Jesus through her. He gives his body with its senses and members; his soul with its faculties; his present material possessions and all he shall acquire in the future; his interior and spiritual possessions, that is, his merits, virtues and good actions of the past, the present and the future. And this he does without any reservation. (TD 121, 122, 123,124)

…adopts the interior and perfect practice of the true devotion. (TD 55, 114)

…consecrates himself entirely to her service as subject and slave of love. (TD 55)

…carries the crucifix in his right hand and the rosary in his left, and the holy names of Jesus and Mary on his heart. (TD 59)

…reflects in his whole behavior the simplicity and self-sacrifice of Jesus. (TD 59)

…shares Jesus feelings of gratitude, esteem, respect and love for His holy Mother. Knowing that he can then love and glorify him all the more, because he will be imitating and following him more closely. (TD 65)

…prays constantly that he may obtain from Jesus a genuine devotion to his blessed Mother and spread it throughout the whole world. (TD 67)

…lives, works and dies for the sole purpose of bringing forth fruit for Jesus, glorifying him in his body and letting him reign in his soul. (TD 68)

…Jesus is the sole source and the sole end of all his good works, and serves him not just as a paid servant but as a slave of love. (TD 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73)

…becomes thoroughly aware, by the light of the Holy Spirit, of his tainted nature in order to rid himself of selfishness. (TD 79)

…denies himself and hate his very life since Our Lord himself made it clear that anyone who loves his life shall lose it and anyone who hates his life shall save it. Nothing is more worthy of love than God and nothing is more deserving of hatred than self. (TD 80)

…dies daily to himself in order to empty himself of self. This involves his renouncing what the powers of the soul and the senses of the body inclines him to do. He knows that if he doesn’t die to self and if his holiest devotions do not lead him to this necessary and fruitful death, he shall not bear fruit of any worth and his devotions will cease to be profitable. All his good works will be tainted by self-love and self-will so that his greatest sacrifices and his best actions will be unacceptable to God. (TD 81)

…makes this consecration only in accordance with the order established by God and in keeping with the duties of his state of life. (TD 124)

…knows that devotion to the Blessed Virgin is necessary to those who are called to a special perfection. (TD 43, 82)

…prays to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist him. (TD 46, 48)

…is ready and prepared for the battle, overthrowing and crushing heretics and their heresies, schismatics and their schisms, idolaters and their idolatries, sinners and their wickedness. (TD 48, 54)

…draws all men to a true devotion to her by word and example. And though this will make many enemies, it will also bring about many victories and much glory to God alone. (TD 48, 112)

…wills to carry the gold of love in his heart, the frankincense of prayer in his mind and the myrrh of mortification in his body. (TD 56)

…brings to the poor and lowly everywhere the sweet fragrance of Jesus, and the odor of death to the great, the rich and the proud of this world. (TD 56)

…is attached to nothing, surprised at nothing, troubled at nothing. (TD 57)

…thunders against sin, storms against the world, strikes down the devil and his followers and for life and for death, pierces through and through with the two-edged sword of God’s word all those against whom they are sent by Almighty God. (TD 57, 58)

…points out the narrow way to God in pure truth according to the holy Gospel, and not according to the maxims of the world. (TD 59)

…his heart is never troubled, nor shows favor to anyone; he does not spare or heed or fear any man, however powerful he may be. (TD 59)

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