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Friday, April 27, 2018
Saturday, April 28, 2018
ST. LOUIS DE MONTFORT
Micah, Chapter 7, verse 17
17They will lick the dust like a snake, like crawling things on the ground; They will come quaking from their strongholds; they will tremble in fear of you, the LORD, our God.
Micah’s name means “who is like Yahweh”. Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10) Let us this day practice silence as much as possible and contemplate on our God and Savior. Say the Shema Yisrael and call on the Holy Spirit to make this day a turning point in your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you realize the universe is more than what we can see, touch and feel. We are not crawly things and we need not build strongholds. May our fear, be the Holy fear, of men of God. This day let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us to know God is without limitations. Help us in the quiet of this day to realize that Jesus Christ, the begotten son of the Living God, came to have mercy on me a sinner. In our silence, we may this day discover, we are a useless servant yet we are chosen for love by an all-powerful God who chose to become man to suffer the pains in our stead and to save us not only from damnation but to show us how to live and be true men.
All life is a battle and sometimes we fail but like David let us always return to the Lord.
Do not be afraid of anything that you are going to suffer. Indeed, the devil will throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will face an ordeal for ten days. Remain faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Rv. 2:10)
Let us build up our gratitude to the Lord for his saving graces.
“Lord Jesus Christ, you are the strength or the weak and the confidence of those who trust in you. Be my secure confidence and my abundant strength! Teach me to understand myself and to believe in effectiveness of your saving grace. Grant me the courage not to stop trying and teach me the humility to trust in you when I tend to be discouraged by my weakness.
St. Louis Mary de Montfort
Louis' life is inseparable from his efforts to promote genuine devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus and mother of the church. Totus tuus (completely yours) was Louis's personal motto; Karol Wojtyla chose it as his episcopal motto. Born in the Breton village of Montfort, close to Rennes (France), as an adult Louis identified himself by the place of his baptism instead of his family name, Grignion. After being educated by the Jesuits and the Sulpicians, he was ordained as a diocesan priest in 1700. Soon he began preaching parish missions throughout western France. His years of ministering to the poor prompted him to travel and live very simply, sometimes getting him into trouble with church authorities. In his preaching, which attracted thousands of people back to the faith, Father Louis recommended frequent, even daily, Holy Communion (not the custom then!) and imitation of the Virgin Mary's ongoing acceptance of God's will for her life. Louis founded the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (for priests and brothers) and the Daughters of Wisdom, who cared especially for the sick. His book, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, has become a classic explanation of Marian devotion. Louis died in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sevre, where a basilica has been erected in his honor. He was canonized in 1947.
Excerpted from Saint of the Day, Leonard Foley, O.F.M.
Things to Do
· Read a longer biography of St. Louis de Montfort's life.
· Consider making the consecration to Mary recommended by St. Louis de Montfort.
· Resolve to pray the rosary daily starting today.
· Learn about the Missionaries of the Company of Mary (Montfort Missionaries) and support their work with your prayers, sacrifices and financial offerings.
· Please pray for me and this ministry
 Larry Baumann, The excitement of the spiritual Life.
 A. Francis Coomes, S. J., Fathers’ Manual.
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