Topic: First Mark of True Devotion to Mary
?First, true devotion to Our Lady is interior, that is, it comes from within the mind and the heart and follows from the esteem in which we hold her, the high regard we have for her greatness, and the love we bear her.? – St. Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to Mary, 106.
Pope St. Pius X certainly had cause for concern during his pontificate. As Pope during the years preceding WW I, Pius X saw the evil that was about to befall the world in this colossal war. Yet amidst these heavy concerns this holy Pope practiced interior devotion and high regard for Our Lady?s greatness by saying:
?Let the storm rage and the sky darken ?not for that shall we be dismayed. If we trust as we should in Mary, we shall recognize in her, the Virgin Most Powerful ?who with virginal foot did crush the head of the serpent.? Francis T. Johnson, Voices of the Saints, (Tan Books)
Today I will imitate St. Pius? the Tenth?s great devotion and interior trust of Our Lady. I will pray an extra O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee, the prayer written on my Miraculous medal which depicts our Lady crushing the head of the serpent. I will entrust my concerns to her.
St. John Eudes comforts those who have taken Our Lady as their Queen and ruler of all their actions and belongings:
?Blessed be the heaven and the earth which have for their Queen the admirable child Mary. For she possesses more light and wisdom, strength and power, than all the kings and queens who ever were or ever will be. And this little Mary is a great Princess and a most powerful Queen; Queen of men and Angels, Empress of the universe. She was Princess and Queen from the womb of her mother. ? Is it not suitable to the glory of the eternal King of Kings, that she who was to be His Mother should bear a royal crown even from her birth??
The Wondrous Childhood of the Most Holy Mother of God, (PCP: 1998), 237.
I give this resolution to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Thanks be to God for graces received.
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