Today being the feast of Our Lady of the Snows and thus a the Blessed Virgin Mary prompts me to post something about St Louis de Montfort's True Devotion to Mary. There is an account of St Louis (1673-1716) and of his spiritual legacy which can be read here.
I have known of the book for a while but only recently got round to reading this classic work on Marian devotion, in the translation by another great devotee of Our Lady, Fr Faber C.O.
An Anglican friend grimaced somehat upon finding me with the book, but I can apprecaite its richness as a spiritual direction finder. One has initially to get used to St Louis' style, and it is, in one way, of its time, yet still highly pertinent. I was struck how, at times, St Louis writes as someone formed in the same culture, but giving very different answers, which produced Jansenism. He has a strong sense of mankind's fallen nature - but he has a very positive answer: the True Devotion he outlines.
From reading it I am aware of how it has encouraged my own prayers to Our Lady and already modified, and indeed expanded, my understanding of Marian devotion.
St Louis de Montfort
I am very grateful for having read True Devotion and I appreciate the point made by Fr Faber in his introduction, and also by Pope John Paul II, extracts from whose letter to the Montfortian family can be read here, that this is a book to return to and re-read and to reflect upon. As the saying goes these days, Highly Recommended.