Today is also the commemoration of St Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort, Priest, who wrote the treatise ‘True Devotion to Mary’.

In it, he said: ‘True devotion to our Lady is interior; that is to say, it comes from the spirit and the heart. It flows from the esteem we have of her, the high idea we have formed of her greatness, and the love which we have for her. It is tender; that is to say, full of confidence in her, like a child’s confidence in his loving mother. … True devotion to our Lady is holy; that is to say, it leads the soul to avoid sin, and to imitate in the Blessed Virgin particularly her profound humility, her lively faith, her continual prayer, her universal mortification, her divine purity, her ardent charity, her heroic patience, her angelical sweetness, and her divine wisdom. These are the ten principal virtues of the most holy Virgin. True devotion to our Lady is constant. It confirms the soul in good, and it does not let it easily abandon its spiritual exercises. … A person truly devout to our Blessed Lady is neither changeable, irritable, scrupulous, nor timid. It is not that such a person does not fall, or change sometimes in the sensible feeling of devotion, or in the amount of devotion itself. But when he falls, he rises again by stretching out his hand to his good Mother. … Lastly, true devotion to our Blessed Lady is disinterested; that is to say, it inspires the soul not to seek itself but God only, and God in His holy Mother. … He loves her as much on Calvary, as at the marriage of Cana. Oh! how such a client of our Blessed Lady, who has no self-seeking in his service of her, is agreeable and precious in the eyes of God and of His holy Mother!

May our Lady watch over each one of us in these painful and challenging times, and may she keep the flame of our love for her Son burning ardently. May God bless you this day.