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Today we want to share with you one of Bob and Penny Lord’s favorite Saints – Saint Louis Marie de Montfort
Jean-Baptiste Grignion was particularly concerned about his wife Jeanne. Their first child had caused her much suffering and
had died in infancy. Was this one also going to cause her great distress? Would the child or the mother survive the hard winter
of Montfort and radiate the sun’s bright rays in the warmth of the Spring, or would the child waste away to nothing and blow
away as so much dust? Jean-Baptiste prayed, as did all in the household that evening.
We can see with the eyes of faith, the Angels standing guard as the curtain opened in Heaven, and a great light emerged. It
formed a solid ray to the little cottage on the street of the Lawyers, Rue de la Saulnerie in Montfort, where the residents of the house
were breathlessly waiting with their Guardian Angels for the miracle of birth to take place. Envision Our Lady descending on
that beam from Heaven to earth, to a baby, the child who would be christened the following day, Louis Grignion. Is Our Lady
entering the cottage and placing her precious hands on the baby inside the womb of the expectant mother? Within a moment, is
the child fighting his way past all obstacles, and out of the womb of the mother into the world, screaming and yelling for all he is
worth? St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort was born. The Angels rejoiced; all Heaven sang praises to God. An era was
beginning, the era of Our Lady. [Did it happen this way, or is this just the musing of another “slave” of Mary (Bob Lord), another
man helplessly in love with Mary? What do you think?] The following day, the baby was wrapped securely in woolen
blankets and brought to the Parish Church of St. Jean where he was formally baptized and welcomed into the Church. Then he
was brought back to his home, that solid building where he would spend the next few years of his life. We visited that house in 1977.
We stood among the solid beams which held up the structure, strong as the man who was brought forth from there, he who
would make this town famous throughout all the world with his love for Our Lord Jesus and His Mother Mary. We could feel
the presence of the Saint in that house, as much as we could in St. Laurent-sur-Sèvre, where he took his last breath in 1716.
Although he made the village of Montfort renowned by taking its name, Louis only spent two years there. His father
bought a farm outside the town in a hamlet called Bois-Marquer, in the town of Iffendic. His father had good reason to buy the
farmhouse. He was to sire eighteen children, although not many of them survived to adulthood. But Bois-Marquer was a place
where the young Louis could spend time in the church as an enfant du coeur, his first opportunity of being close to Our Lord
Jesus in the Tabernacle and on the great and wonderful Altar of the Church.
Louis came from a very pious, very Catholic family. He acquired some of his father’s traits which would be considered
shortcomings in his ministry. The father had an explosive temper; which Louis had also. He inherited his father’s big build. Louis
was a big man, solid, strong. He never backed down from a brawl, and there are those who say he may even have started one or two
when his adversaries were saying or doing something which offended God, or His beautiful Mother Mary. It is believed his
piety came from his very devout mother, and thanks be to God, more piety was given to him than billowing temper. Our Lady
worked with his piety; our Lord Jesus turned his anger to zeal for his Mother and the Church.
From the time he was a youth, Louis had a great devotion to Our Lady. He was fascinated by pictures and statues of her. He
would spend hours on his knees in church, praying to her, his eyes fixed on images of her. All his life she was his ideal. He prayed
for her intercession before every major move in his life. We have to believe that she was very instrumental in his bold move to enroll
in the Jesuit College in Rennes at 11 years old! That time was excellent training for Louis, especially for the work ahead of him.
It was at this college that he was enrolled in the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin. We’re sure he was not aware of the importance
of it at the time, but Our Lady was. Because of his membership in the Sodality, he was given access to all the services in the
Sodality – such as lectures, sermons and instructions which were prepared especially for its members. We very often think these are
coincidences, but they are not, unless they are holy coincidences. Our Lady is here; she’s with us. She guides us through life and
helps us when we need her. She also orchestrates our lives, if we allow her to, so that we are directed to areas where she can
influence our walk towards the Kingdom.
We break here for a moment to give you two solid examples of how this has happened that we know of: Once in the life of St.
Louis Marie de Montfort, and once in the life of our Pope John Paul II.
As we said above, St. Louis Marie was given exposure to Our Lady in, what would have appeared, a very innocent gesture
on the part of the priest. He was enrolled in the Sodality.
When he arrived in Paris, at the Seminary of the Sulpicians some eight years later, he had to work to support himself. He was given the
job of librarian, which gave him access to all the books ever printed on Mary. So when Louis began to write his books on
Our Lady, he already had all the resource background given to him by guess who? Our Lady!
Pope John Paul II has stated on numerous occasions that the reading of St. Louis de Montfort’s book, True Devotion to Mary
had a profound effect on him. He stated, “…the reading of the treatise on True Devotion to the
Blessed Virgin was a turning point in my life (at a time when he was secretly studying for the priesthood). Whereas
I had initially been afraid lest devotion to Mary might detract from that due to Jesus instead of giving Him His
rightful place, I realized, when reading the treatise of Grignion de Montfort, that such was not the case. Our
interior relationship with the Mother of God is a result of our association with the mystery of Christ.”
In the Marian Year 1987, in his Encyclical, “Mother of the Redeemer” Pope John Paul II recommended to the faithful, the
writings of Louis Marie de Montfort.
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